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Loosely defined (and coming into more popular use on sites such as e Bay and Craigslist) a "lawsuit" guitar is ANY old guitar made outside of the USA that is a copy of a popular US-made guitar.
In this sense, any MIJ (or made in Korea, China, wherever) guitar that looks like a Fender strat or tele; or a Gibson Les Paul, SG, ES-335; or a Martin acoustic; or a Guild or Rickenbakker; can be labeled as a "lawsuit" model.
Another big point of contention is the subject of no-name (unbranded) guitars.
I'll explain the reasons behind this in a moment, but first, take a look at text from an ad run during the 1970s: That gets right to the point.
I can't confirm this, but Fujigen may have gone as far as to produce the majority of the catalog, and Hoshino would put its "Ibanez" brand on the front and back covers.
Some people have found online copies of these older catalogs (a good source for these can be found at Vintage Ibanez Guitar Catalogs - 1971 through 2007) and point to the pictures without logos as evidence that "Ibanez" made unbranded guitars. Some unbranded guitar pictures from a 1973 Ibanez catalog: The answer to this depends on what your definition of "lawsuit" (as it relates to MIJ guitars) is.
On its neck plate (or stamped into the guitar, or on the truss rod cover) it will say, "STEEL REINFORCED NECK".
That's a dead giveaway that you've got one of "Uncle Matt's" guitars.
The use of "lawsuit" in an ad is usually backed up with an explanation that "[INSERT MIJ BRAND HERE] was sued by [INSERT US BRAND HERE] to stop production because the MIJ copies were better than the US versions". subsidiary at the time, "Elger") was the only company actually sued by an American guitar maker over its designs.