Dating fernandes guitars by headstock shape logo
Their logos and production styles were similar enough to where American guitar companies felt that the consumer was being confused into buying guitars which they believed were from them.
A lawsuit between the parent corporation behind Gibson Guitars and Ibanez Japan/Elger Guitars lead to a precedent that stunted the production of these low-cost, high-quality guitars.
Here's a detail of the Gibson headstock that Ibanez copied: Here's a post-lawsuit Ibanez headstock, without the "moustache": Later on, a lot of these copy guitar companies were shut down. Greco and Tokai for example were sued because their logos looked like those of Gibson or Fender.
Gibson and Fender went on to take advantage of the production capacities by purchasing Japanese factories to make their own lower cost copies. This might trick buyers in thinking they were buying the real deal.
There are still gems to be found, but be warned and do your research!
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