- Aug 29, 2016
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I’ve actually drove a couple of replica Cobras,... they can be junk too,..mustang II front clips and floppy resin bodies ..... seriously..... In fact true Cobra replicas with aluminum bodies ladder tube frames and SOHC 427s (licensed by Shelby) are nearly as pricey as the real deal..... but it may be the only way to get a Cobra.I can see how the Gibson or Fender logo is the last 'finishing touch' to a well-made replica...like having a Shelby badge on a Cobra replica kit build. Also....and this is hypothetical ....even if say you're building a hand-wired clone of a Blackface Fender Amp....sometimes that final build doesn't quite look right without the script-logo faceplate and the silver badge in the corner of the grille cloth. So I guess for some, as long as they're not planning on selling it...or at least clearly indicate that it's a replica if they do.......
But on a bad Chinese knockoff....no....that deserves cutting off a hand.
Guitars,.... you got options....
Amplifiers..... a clone may be the only way to get one.... but using current materials and parts.... it’s not really a clone. Again.... we have options.... with so much quality stuff out there who needs a clone?
When some one takes a 1957 Gold Top Gibson Les Paul and retop with flame maple and sells it as an original 1959 for $250k this is fraud on another level..... then I think that any replica should be branded as such..... whether it’s domestic or foreign in build...... regardless of quality of build....
My Chevy though is very real..... who would clone a Vette anyway?