Hello. I wonder if in others countries replicas guitars are approved ? I'm from France, and many people considered that they are simple copies of Gibson/Fender and so on. When I buy my first Maybach, many people said that they will never buy other than Gibson and Fender brands, even if it sound better when comparing two guitars (I don't say that Maybach sound better than Gibson or Fender, I tryed befor to buy, and compared to the guitar I tried, the Maybach was better, if the Fender telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul was better, I surely bought the Fender and the Gibson). But other amp builders than Marshall/Frender/etc... are more accepted... Friedman, Reinhardt, Denis Cornell, Two Rocks, Dr Z... They are considered as "Boutique Amp", not as copy. It's also the fact with pickups: Bare Knuckle, Voodoo pickups, Fralin, etc... are not considered as copy... This may be because amps and pickups are based on famouse pickup/amps but they bring there own personality, but it's the same for guitars like Maybach, Kelton Swade, and so on... When I watch amps demo or pedal demo, in US shootout I often see other guitars than "classical" brands. So what is your opinion ? Which country is more open minded about replica guitar ?