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The inbox has been overflowing with readers weighing in on Gibson’s ‘Play Authentic’ controversy, its legal dispute over the Flying V, Explorer and ES-335 body shapes with Dean Guitars owner Armadillo Industries, and its new ‘Authorized Partnership Programme’ to license Gibson designs to smaller makers. With such a broad spectrum of views on the saga, we felt it was only appropriate to let you have your say…

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This lawsuit will do no good for Gibson’s image. Up till now, they have been on a straight course to build goodwill – they have introduced many instruments that are back to what made them great and priced them somewhat more reasonably. But Gibson is mistaken to believe that guitar players of all ages are not keenly aware of the differences between brands, regardless of the body shape. As a musician, I respect the rights of intellectual property, but if Gibson felt so strongly about this, they should have litigated 40 years ago. I do not understand what Gibson hopes to gain here.

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