Dimarzio's defending their double cream

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  1. trapland

    trapland Senior Member

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    Not that I read this whole thread, but why can't Gibson trademark silver and gold covered humbuckers and stick it to Dimarzio?

    Hell, why didn't Gibson sue Dimarzio for patent infringement back in the day? Wasn't that a 20 year patent?

    I accidentally bought a Dimarzio for a tele once. I forgot about this silly topic. Had it been a Humbucker, I would have remembered and NOT BOUGHT IT. Since the tele pickup, I've never make the mistake of buying a Dimarzio again. If they admitted they were wrong to trademark a color of a pickup they didn't invent, if they did that, I would say "Good for you, I think I'll try your pickups now." I'm not holding my breath.
     
  2. WolfeMacleod

    WolfeMacleod V.I.P. Member MLP Vendor

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    I'm not sure when that patent officially expired, but I've had the same kind of though myself. I think itmight have been good for 14 years back then.
    Why can't they trademark silver/gold covered humbuckers? Because that is way more than aesthetics. The over shields from elecromagnetic interference and provide further protection to the coils. It's not just for looks.
     
  3. AJK1

    AJK1 Senior Member

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    When i see a double cream pickup i think Dimarzio
    The only similar original PAFS i've seen with covers off seem to be white or off white
    I think it's a bit rich people complaining about colours when all these pickup makers are basically ripping off Gibson
    We are all benefitting from it after all
    We should be thanking Dimarzio and SD for starting the aftermarket craze
     
  4. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    When i see a double cream pickup i think Dimarzio's a douche.
     
  5. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    Then you definitely don't want to see what I just did to my wine red Deluxe ;)
     
  6. OldBenKenobi

    OldBenKenobi Senior Member

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    I think everybody wants to see that.
     
  7. WolfeMacleod

    WolfeMacleod V.I.P. Member MLP Vendor

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    Don't you think we should be thanking Bill Lawrence, instead? Dimarzio apprenticed under Bill... who was making cream pickups as early as 1965.

    And then there was this company called Hi-A pickups out of Livermoore, CA at least as early at '74. Don't forget abut them.
    Or Mighty Mite...
     
  8. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Bill was an amazing man. I called him on a whim one Saturday morning to ask about an L500 I was thinking of putting in a super strat.
    He, Becky, and I gabbed for almost two hours. We talked about pickups, amps, speakers, transformers, capacitors, pots, you name it. It was an enlightening day.
    RIP Bill.
     
  9. DavidRamey

    DavidRamey Senior Member

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    D'Armond pick ups predates them all including Gibson.
     
  10. Big John

    Big John tastes like chicken V.I.P. Member

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    I still have Hi-A hexaphonic in my parts bin. Bill Bartolini started making the Hi-A hex's and quad's in '73.
     
  11. SiLeach66

    SiLeach66 Premium Member

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    So, before installing my Burstbucker #2 and #3, with Humbrol Cream enamel modellers paint (and a steady hand) I painted them double cream.

    Where does that leave me legally :laugh2:
     
  12. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    You can paint or make anything you own whatever colour you like. It would only be a problem if you commercially sold them.
     
  13. grayd8

    grayd8 Senior Member

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    I'm just glad US copyright law has no legal bearing in the UK, thanks to that I have double cream ox4's.
     
  14. reedy

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    Does anyone know the status of what's happening with Sheoptone? I see he was a new website with new photos none of which show double whites anymore. I'm assuming this is in response to the pressure being applied to him by DiMarzio?
     
  15. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    +1
     
  16. fleahead

    fleahead Senior Member

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    Hell, we had a "Starbarks" dog grooming place with a variation of their logo and Starbucks shut 'em down with a C&D
     
  17. The Thruth

    The Thruth wizzard MLP Sponsor

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    i am gonna patent zebras and double black and of course nickel and gold covered humbuckers :) and then put larry on court

    :laugh2::laugh2:
     
  18. bluesky636

    bluesky636 Senior Member

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    I replaced the Custombuckers in my 2014 Gibson Les Paul R8 plain top with Seymour Duncan Joe Bonamassa Skinnerburst pickups. I did not like the aged covers so I decided to replace them with Throback polished nickle covers. This is what I found under the SD covers:

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  19. DADGAD

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    What's the legal difference between calling them double white instead of double cream? Can you just call them tanned albino bobbins?
     
  20. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    Double crackahs.
     

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