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Fujigen Gakki, as manufacturer, was also named in the suit.
The problem was, by the time Norlin sued, Ibanez had changed their headstock shapes from "open book" to a (ironically) more Guild-styled top: Differences in Headstock Style: With nothing left to sue over, Norlin and Hoshino settled the suit, and it never came to court.
I have been playing, collecting, repairing and analyzing vintage Ibanez (and other MIJ guitars) for over 30 years, and I am often asked this question.
The reason I get asked it is because many people who are selling an old guitar without the Ibanez brand on it put something to this effect in their ad: So, if you have found this article because you are considering buying a cool old guitar, the information I have presented below should help you avoid paying more for a guitar than it is actually worth, or finding out later, when you go to sell it, that it really isn't an Ibanez at all.
Let me get right to the point: If a guitar does not have a valid "Ibanez" logo on its headstock, then it's NOT an Ibanez guitar.
I'll explain the reasons behind this in a moment, but first, take a look at text from an ad run during the 1970s: That gets right to the point.
Fujigen is known to have produced guitars with these brands during the 1970s: And, there are obviously many more.
That covers a range of approximately 1970 through 1976, when the headstock switch came about.All of its guitars are built by various manufacturers around the world.