Gibson responds to Satellite Amps over Epiphone Coronet dispute

Johnny Marr's Epiphone Coronet
(Image credit: Future)

Gibson has issued an official statement in response to claims from Satellite Amplifiers’ Adam Grimm that the guitar giant was seeking to “invalidate” his “federal trademark” for the Coronet, an electric guitar model originally made by Epiphone.

In a statement received by Guitar World, Gibson disputes Grimm’s claims, citing the launch of the Coronet in the ’50s and continued manufacture of artist models since 2008 as establishing its trademark rights.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.