Guitar Gear Gems: Gibson and Heritage cease arguing in court
Gibson and Heritage agree to make up and drop their long running trademark dispute
On Guitar Gear Gems this week we check out the following news; Gibson and Heritage have finally agreed to make up and drop their long-running trademark dispute. Plus, Maganatone has just announced a very tasty, yet reassuringly expensive new combo.
Gibson and Heritage
In the last few years, it would appear that Gibson has been arguing about trademarks with just about every guitar company on the planet.
The arguing is over
What was off though, was how Gibson had pursued Heritage Guitars, a company that is made up of ex-Gibson employees, and equipment and is also based in the old Gibson factory. A company which they had a long-standing agreement with already in place.
Though, to be fair, Hertitage did try to sue them first.
Now finally, Gibson and Heritage have agreed to drop all legal action against one another and they have agreed to a mutual and undisclosed settlement. Each side will also pay its own legal fees.
Thankfully, the two companies can now hopefully move forwards and get one with building guitars, rather than arguing publically in court.
Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine M-80
Magnatone has revealed the new Super Fifty-Nine M-80 2×12 combo. This amp offers gain tones from their original Mark I and Mark II models and comes loaded with a pair of WGS-made ET90 12″ speakers.
45 Watts of Tube Tone
This new combo is based on the existing head version of the amp. It offers four 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL34 power tubes, that all add up to 45 Watts of output power.
The amp controls consist of Master Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence. Plus, a Hi/Lo Gain selector switch and two controls for each input. Along with a nice tube-buffered effects loop.
I’m sure it will sound pretty glorious, and if you like that Magnatone sound then this combo should do the trick.
MSRP – USD 3799
- Heritage Guitars takes on Gibson in court: Instagram/Heritage Guitars
- Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine M-80: Magnatone
- Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine M-80 Controls: Magnatone
Worth noting that a few years ago heritage was bought by an investment firm and the original Gibson guys retired and rode off into the sunset. Likely the new owners wanted to poke the bear and see what gibsons new owners would do.
Both of these companies have entered a new era with new guys running the show.
Though, to be fair, Heritage did try to sue them first because Gibson was threatening and harassing them. FIFY.