Huber - Why no Dolphin inlays in US?

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  1. martie6621

    martie6621 Silver Supporting Member

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    The current Huber ad in GP and other mags has a small disclaimer - Dolphin inlays on the neck and fingerboard are "not available" in the U.S.? Anyone know the scoop on that? The 4/2 headstock is not allowed because of Ernie Ball, but who has a patent on Dolphins?
     
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    I think Robin guitars, but I'm not sure. I remember something about Dolphin inlays in one of the guitar rags years back, but I can't remember the company.
     
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    Charlie the Tuna filed a cease and desist order.

    Kidding aside, I'd wager it's b/c of the company with birds on the neck.
     
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    Can't Nik just call them "porpoise" inlays in the USA?

    Just an idea...
     
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    I think that Rickenbacker's enalrged family should sue ALL electric guitar manufacturers so at least all this baloney gets taken care of once and for all.
    Then again, Forbes magazine ran an article lately re. patents where one hi-level specialist stated that 90% of patent registrations shouldn't even be taken into consideration.

    Oh well...

    JJ
     
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    When Robin guitars firstly claimed their rights on dolphin inlays ,I suggested Nik should switch to the pictured design; that would match the PRS designed modern birds in the 513 fretboards....

    Warwicks dolphin inlays are different and came after NikĀ“s....


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    THAT stinks... ;)
    Ciao Willie...drop me a line one of these days (or better take your Harley and drive south for some food / beer / noise)

    JJ/UG
     
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    Concerning a possible bike tour:Sounds good,Paul! But gimme a month or two... - otherwise my old back wont make it cross the Alps...!!:D :dude
    Am I gonna see you in Frankfurt? Looking forward to...!
     
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    I will definitely be in F'kfurt - for the whole lot, this time around.
    Looking forward to a *bad* coupla days ;)
     
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    Its probably Robin guitars giving him a gentle nudge, we built 3 Dolphin models under the Baker roof and Dave approahed me at NAMM when we displayed the first, same time PRS came after us about our birds too. Dave never sent us a cease and desist and but I did ask him about producing the 2nd and 3rd of the 3 and he said sure at no profit to him, he just didnt want to see production runs of the feature. Its amazing what people will do allow you to do when you communicate with them. Maybe have Nik call Dave and ask his permission.....
     
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    Nik has no "issues" as such with the guys at Robin.
    As you said it's a just question of good measure and knowing when and were to stop.
    Nik definitely isn't the kind of guy that goes crashing around like a bull in a crystal shop :)

    JJ
     
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    Thanks Gene and others. It just seemed odd that the flagship Huber "Dolphin" model was not thusly inlayed . I now understand a bit more. On a side note to Gene - how is the new line coming? I have some of your originals that I cherish. Good luck with the new ones.
     
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    Completely underlined!!!
     
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    Frog inlays, sir?
    :)
    Maybe butterflies?
    Phosphorescent pearloid amoebas?
    A pearloid fretboard w/ wood inlays??
    :D :D
    Just ask, and it can be done - from plain to vain - trust me...

    Ciao,

    JJ
     
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    He has you for that.:)
     
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    Several of the NAMM guitars I saw yesterday still had the Dolphin inlays.
     
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    nice one:D:D:D:D

    sorry "Uncle" JJ

    couldn't help it
     
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    "who has a patent on Dolphins?"
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    Patent on dolphins? Anything is possible in the States...apparently :NUTS
     

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