Today a Long Island man was arrested for selling counterfeit replicas of Gibson guitars–as opposed to phonily aged replicas of guitars–out of his music shop. The bootlegger, who was charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting, had 15 fake guitars seized from his store and another 18 taken from his house; the models he was ripping off can fetch prices of up to $10,000. The best part of this whole thing:
Somehow, this story on Newsday‘s site has become a lightning rod for comments on the state of rock music and the lack of availability of guitar lessons in the New York suburbs; my favorite, though, has to be “They shold have known when they saw “Esteban” etched on the guitar, that it was not a Gibson,” misspelling and comma splice and all, because really, when was the last time you heard
a good a half-hearted attempt at an Esteban joke?