- Oct 26, 2009
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I think the difference is if it's made specifically for a private request/order of a replica, as opposed to trying to sell them publicly and using Gibson's name/rep for it. The former of which (and in some cases, closer to an original than any recent real Gibson will ever get) I don't frown upon like the latter. Also, if for sale then clearly indicated that it is indeed a custom-made replica.
It matters not why it was made, who made it, for whom it was made, for what purpose it was made, or if it will ever be sold - if it says Gibson on the headstock but was not made by Gibson then it is a fake.
Kinda' like if someone were to build a spot-on replica of a Ferrari 250 California or such for me from the ground up....you can bet I'd want the prancing horse and the name Ferrari on it.
Still wouldn't make it a Ferrari and that would still be a violation of copyright.