And yes, I know that other people rip of strat designs, and no I don’t think that’s right either. And if you’re ok with this, you should be ok with other people ripping off your music. You can’t have it both ways. Again, apologies for the rant, but I’m continually amazed at how many of us artists think it’s ok to steal other’s art, just because we think we’re entitled to something we cannot afford.
I might have missed it but I don't think there's a Blackmachine logo on OPs guitar, is there?
just a super strat body with an altered headstock wow how inventive and revolutionary)
Meh, too bad. If you don't want someone to steal your design (which btw, is just a super strat body with an altered headstock wow how inventive and revolutionary) then perhaps you could simply not charge $5,000 for it.
Having it both ways sounds like a great idea. Like throughout human history, people have built on other people's works.
Can't afford it, or not worth the money for you? Cool, you have every right not to buy it. But that doesn't give anyone the right to steal the design. I don't think the BM design/concept is anything particularly interesting, but a lot of other people do. It may not have taken extensive R&D to produce, but if there's enough demand that it's being counterfeited, then apparently it's worth quite a bit.
I couldn't disagree more. People steal designs in every medium, and guitar is incidentally a great example of that. When you create a product, and people like it, it's going to be stolen and copied by your competition.
If youre worried about people stealing your design, make sure you make an affordable option for the every man.
I don't disagree that it's inevitable, but that doesn't mean it's OK to support either. BM's business model is of their own choosing, whether or not we agree with it. It's ultimately up to him, and what the market dictates. You want to "teach someone a lesson" by being so thirsty for their work that you'll take a counterfeit? That's just further proof that the design must have been an awful good one (or that at least the marketing behind it was).
Sorry, but every man isn't entitled to an affordable option of every for-profit product. Your straw man argument about the cost of prescription drugs has no relevance to this either.
My fault - wrong person. But relevant to the fact that not every product has to be available to everyone, as you implied. Healthcare shouldn't be a for-profit venture such as boutique guitars, but that's a whole different argument.I didn't bring up prescription drugs, either, it's not really a good analogy as one doesn't need a Blackmachine to live.
I don't know what your point about it 'clearly being so good it was counterfeited' serves either, it's kind of like you're saying since someone made a copy the 10k price tag is obviously warranted. Which is...weird. It being a handsome design doesn't mean that it's suddenly mean that it's suddenly worth 10k. Isn't that a false dichotomy?
My fault - wrong person. But relevant to the fact that not every product has to be available to everyone, as you implied. Healthcare shouldn't be a for-profit venture such as boutique guitars, but that's a whole different argument.
My point is that, why isn't it OK to just not have it if you can't or won't pay the price it actually costs? The price is worth what someone will pay, and if it's $10k, it's $10k.
Most people probably don't even know what a Blackmachine is.
Lol this is fairly accurate. I feel like only us gear nerds only know what Blackmachines are.
A Blackmachine guitar is a status symbol for guitarists, pure and simple. I'm probably offering way too much opinion here, and it'll certainly be unpopular to say this, but owning a counterfeit status symbol is really just tacky.
If people were claiming these were anything but copies, I'd agree.
I just like the look of these guitars, so I decided to get a cheap wallhanger version of one. Luckily it actually plays and sounds nice as well.
A Blackmachine guitar is a status symbol for guitarists, pure and simple. I'm probably offering way too much opinion here, and it'll certainly be unpopular to say this, but owning a counterfeit status symbol is really just tacky. If I bought a fake Rolex or whatever, and then went around showing it off as a real Rolex, I'm sure people would call me out for being a dip. Going around flaunting it as a fake Rolex, I suppose, would be borderline ethical, since I'm not misrepresenting anything, but, I'd still be showing support for something misrepresented, even if I'm supporting it in a way that makes no effort to hide what it really is...