Dimarzio's defending their double cream

WolfeMacleod

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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?

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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.
 

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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
 

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

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

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We should be thanking Dimarzio and SD for starting the aftermarket craze
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...
 

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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.
 

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

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Don't know the details, but it appears that 'ol Larry is going after a boutique winder for making and selling double cream humbuckers. That's all I know. Feel free to add your 2¢...
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:
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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it's neither. It's a "trademark". And saying "gibson did it first" doesn't change that.

"burger king" was not the first company to be "the home of the whopper", but they did trademark it. And then forced a local business around here to take down their sign that had been on display for decades.


Dimarzio trademarked something that stood out on their product. If they don't defend the trademark, they will forfeit it. I support dimarzio on this. Not because "i like it", but because they are working within a system. We have rules. You'd hate it if we didn't.
+1
 

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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
 

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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:
 

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


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