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strato 08-26-2011 09:30 AM

Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear
 
ederal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson's chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company's manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. "The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier," he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle. It isn't the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service have come knocking at the storied maker of such iconic instruments as the Les Paul electric guitar, the J-160E acoustic-electric John Lennon played, and essential jazz-boxes such as Charlie Christian's ES-150. In 2009 the Feds seized several guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the delightful name "United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms."


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Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear | Postmodern Times - WSJ.com


This is crazy..better hide my ****..:doh:

neugey 08-26-2011 09:49 AM

Seems like they're just trying to crackdown on one of the few handmade American products left. Is nothing sacred?!

strato 08-26-2011 10:04 AM

This is redickulous!

saintfan 08-26-2011 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by strato (Post 323656)
This is redickulous!


Yes it is. And the price for a Gibson just went up. Thanks Fed.

And if this is all the Fish and Wildlife people have to do, well, given the state of the economy, maybe it's time to trim the fat at that agency? Just sayin...

saintfan 08-26-2011 06:12 PM

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Did Obama just unintentionally lose the guitar-shredding demographic?
:doh:

How to Turn Guitarists Into Tea Partiers: Take Their Gibsons Away - Business - The Atlantic Wire

strato 08-26-2011 09:29 PM

If the tea partiers had their way we would all be playing church revival music..no thanks..lol


Pete 08-26-2011 09:34 PM

man this chit just aint right• period..Just as Gibby's prices aren't!WTF

saintfan 08-26-2011 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by strato (Post 323832)
If the tea partiers had their way we would all be playing church revival music..no thanks..lol

Gibson Henry E. Juszkiewicz Press release for 2011 Raid - YouTube

But we'd still have our instruments upon which to play it. LOL

Howz about a little Stryper? LOL


neugey 08-27-2011 08:36 AM

If the Feds show up at Strato's door I fully expect him to put a "Les Paul in their face"!


strato 08-27-2011 08:41 AM

LOL Neugey...i only have one and that will have to take over over my cold dead body..


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