Gibson guitars made with government-seized wood are sold outThe Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars have fingerboards made of wood that federal agents seized in Gibson factory raids and then returned.
Author w/ his repro 1959 Les (in Chicago Blue finish). image copyright Possum Holler Entertainment. If opportunity knocks, there will be a “Gov’t Series” Les next
Read the rest of this LA Times story HERE
“…the government acknowledges that Gibson has cooperated with the Government and the investigation conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Service”, Gibson was subject to two hostile raids on its factories by agents carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear where employees were forced out of the premises, the production was shut down, goods were seized as contraband, and threats were made that would have forced the business to close.
CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz commented, “We feel that Gibson was inappropriately targeted, and a matter that could have been addressed with a simple contact [by] a caring human being representing the government. Instead, the Government used violent and hostile means with the full force of the US Government and several armed law enforcement agencies costing the tax payer millions of dollars and putting a job creating US manufacture at risk and at a competitive disadvantage. This shows the increasing trend on the part of government to criminalize rules and regulations and treat US businesses in the same way drug dealers are treated. This is wrong and it is unfair. I am committed to working hard to correct the inequity that the law allows and insure there is fairness, due process, and the law is used for its intended purpose of stopping bad guys and stopping the very real deforestation of our planet”.
Read more at www.antimusic.com