03-07-2013 03:50 AM
If he's using Fender logos without permission, then yeah, sue the shit out of him.
03-08-2013 08:34 AM
I read about this on TDPRI. I also googled his alleged real name, Joe Koegel, and found some fascinating reading.
I was especially struck by this quote from The Tennessean article: “On several occasions, (Fender) attempted to resolve the matter with Kelton Swade amicably and without having to resort to litigation,” Jason Farrell, public relations manager for Fender, said in a prepared statement. “Kelton Swade responded with profanity and left (Fender) no option but to enforce its rights through litigation.”
The other fascinating comment was Swade's own statement: “I do not sell any of my guitars with the Fender decal on them,” Swade said, according to the filing. “Clearly my name appears on the headstock of the guitars that I sell. My name even appears on the bridgeplate of the guitars that I sell. I have taken whatever steps necessary to avoid any confusion years ago between my guitars and Fender’s.”
Yet here are some images from Swade's own Facebook page:
And the pullquote: "Here's my brother Vinny with his 53' Kelton Swade guitar - see that, even Keith Urban was looking on with admiration in his eyes for the twang-master! And they were both plugged in ya'll!"
And here's another:
And Swade's quote: "My buddy James Fletcher rockin' out on a very, very early model Kelton Swade 1953 sunburst AVR-T (Authentic Vintage Replicas) from last night in Nashville . . ."
Can we say, "Open and shut case", kids? :robotlol:
03-08-2013 10:16 AM
Is his contention that the guitars left the shop either unmarked or marked with his logo, and then were re-branded without his knowledge? I mean, what else could his claim be?
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