This is precisely the phenomenon we see with todays Epiphones.
Hoshino did maintain Elger's Pennsylvania facilities to check incoming shipments and correct any flaws prior to shipping merchandise out to their dealers.Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has been named the first-ever female Ibanez signature artist.She says: "After years of dreaming, hoping and working, followed by months of planning and preparation, I am honored and proud to introduce my signature guitar, the Ibanez JIVA."This beauty will be sold worldwide and comes equipped exactly how I play it live, including brand new signature Di Marzio pickups meticulously designed by yours truly."When I had my first meeting with Ibanez in September of 2008, they asked me why they should add me to the artist roster.But Ibanez got very popular because young guitarists that could not afford a Gibson or a Fender could buy a guitar that offered a good balance between price and quality..looked professional!On June 28, 1977, Norlin, the parent company of Gibson, filed a lawsuit against Elger (Ibanez) in Philadelphia Federal District Court . Elger Co." with Gibson claiming trademark infringement based on the duplicate "open book" or "moustache" headstock design of the Ibanez copies.They continued to hand-build exceptional quality instruments until about 1964. Rosenbloom decided to stop production of the hand-made instruments and begin importing guitars instead.