Guitar Bomb

Welcome to GuitarBomb the ultimate destination for guitar enthusiasts! We are a dedicated team of guitar players and music lovers who aim to provide the latest news, reviews, and interviews in the world of guitar. Our passion for music drives us to bring you the most up-to-date information on new guitar gear, industry trends, and guitar legends.

Gibson vs PRS: Battle Over Theodore Trademark and Silver Sky Saga

Gibson vs. PRS- The Battle Over Theodore Trademark and Silver Sky Saga
Gibson vs. PRS - The two US guitar giants are arguing trademarks over the Gibson Theodore and the PRS Silver Sky Nebula

In the world of iconic guitars, a new legal drama is unfolding. The legacy of Ted McCarty, a renowned guitar designer, is at the heart of a heated dispute between two giants in the industry: Gibson and PRS.

The Spark of the Dispute: Gibson’s Theodore Guitar

Gibson, known for its legendary guitars, recently unveiled the ‘Theodore’ guitar, a design based on an undiscovered concept by Ted McCarty found in Gibson’s archives. This move, however, ignited a fiery legal battle. In July 2022, Gibson secured the trademark for ‘Theodore’ in the stringed instruments category. But the peace was short-lived.

The Challenge from PRS and McCarty’s Estate

By September 2022, PRS, alongside McCarty’s estate, challenged Gibson’s trademark. They argue that the ‘Theodore’ trademark misleads consumers into believing McCarty’s estate endorsed the guitar. Moreover, they contend that it could be confused with PRS’ own ‘McCarty‘ trademark, a guitar model launched in 1994 as a tribute to Ted McCarty.

Gibson Theodore

Gibson’s Counterclaim: The Silver Sky Nebula Mark

Gibson didn’t just defend; they counterattacked. They petitioned to cancel PRS’ trademark for ‘Silver Sky Nebula,‘ a limited-edition variant of PRS’ Silver Sky guitar. Gibson claims this name clashes with their ‘Silverburst’ trademark, a unique silver finish fading to black around the edges.

PRS Silver Sky Nebula

The Legal Tango: What’s Next?

As of December 2023, these cases have taken interesting turns. The ‘Silver Sky Nebula’ case is now severed, and treated as a separate legal matter, while the Theodore dispute is set to resume in January 2024.

The outcomes could have significant implications for both companies, potentially affecting their future product lines and marketing strategies.

Implications and Industry Watchers’ Speculations

Despite the limited-edition status of both disputed models, the legal outcomes could set precedents for using legendary names and designs in the guitar industry. Will Gibson have to relinquish ‘Theodore’? Will PRS lose ‘Silver Sky Nebula’? The answers lie ahead, and the guitar world watches with bated breath.

Gibson vs. PRS- The Battle Over Theodore Trademark and Silver Sky Saga

Official Responses: Silence and Anticipation

Attempts to reach PRS and Gibson for comments have been met with silence from PRS and no response from Gibson. This legal battle, brimming with implications for guitar trademarks and branding, continues to capture the attention of guitar enthusiasts and legal experts alike.

More Information

Share the Post:

One thought on “Gibson vs PRS: Battle Over Theodore Trademark and Silver Sky Saga

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You may also like

Stay tuned, subscribe to news

Don't miss a beat in the world of guitar greatness. Subscribe now for exclusive content, electrifying tutorials, and backstage passes to the coolest guitar insights. Stay tuned, tune up, and let's make some noise together!

Scroll to top