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Today (July 24, 2014), seventeen companies filed for extensions to oppose the trademark application by Gibson Brands Inc. for the (two dimensional outline) of the 335 body shape. Peavey,  Dean ( Armadillo), JHS, Suhr (JS Tech), Collings, Schecter, Westheimer, ESP, Washburn (U.S. Music), Roman Guitars, Trussart Guitars, Sadowsky, Warwick, Cordoba, Premier Builders, and Guild have filed together represented by Bienstock and Michael, P.C. Fender (FMIC) and Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises have filed separately.

We'll have more on this developing story as events unfold.



TC Electronic announces Ditto Looper Gold, a limited edition gold-colored run of the Ditto Looper. The original Ditto Looper became an instant hit due to its simple and intuitive use and its small size. With Ditto Looper Gold, TC Electronic has re-issued it in the only color fit for a true loop-champion: Gold.

Read more: TC Electronic Ditto Looper Gold >>>

Trade Regrets

Calvin R. Grafton, age 83, passed away on July 11.

Born in Frackville, Pennsylvania, Grafton opened Calvin Grafton Electronics Sales & Service in 1963, later incorporated as Grafton Piano & Organ Co. Inc. It grew under his leadership from a small shop in Hatfield, Pennsylvania to at its present location in Souderton carrying a complete range of pianos, organs and keyboards. The company has installed and services hundreds of Allen church organs in the tri-state area. 




Supplier Scene

Rickenbacker International Corp. proudly presents for auction a Model 360 Jetglo electric guitar signed by the original members of the band R.E.M. to benefit musician and uninsured heart attack victim Bob Hawkins, who will receive 100% of the proceeds of this auction.

The auction began on July 17 and will take place online through eBay, through July 27. 

Read more: Rickenbacker Bob Hawkins Benefit Auction >>>



Casio made it a night to remember with great friends, associates, and plenty of music at Nashville's Pour House, down the street from Music City Center.  Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes provided some incredible entertainment as a featured act (making great use of a Casio Privia, naturally).


Rand and Cindy Cook of Santa Fe, New Mexico's The Candyman Strings & Things receive the 2014 Dealer of the Year award from NAMM chairman Larry Morton (Hal Leonard Corporation), as vice chairman Mark Goff (WH Paige & Co., Inc.) looks on. Friday night's awards presentation at Summer NAMM in Nashville was hosted by musician Ira Dean and recognized outstanding MI retailers across a number of categories.

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