Skip to comments.Gibson Competitor is Dem Donor;Uses Same Wood, ExperiencedNo Federal Raids
Posted on 08/27/2011 10:52:16 PM PDT by Nachum
Via Andrew Lawton at Landmark Report: One of Gibsons leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections (though, to be fair, he did donate a whopping $750 to Republican Congressmen in the 90s.) According to C.F. Martins catalog, several of their guitars contain ''East Indian Rosewood.' In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibsons guitars. If true, it adds another piece to an increasingly disturbing puzzle.
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Martin makes an excellent acoustic guitar but I wouldn't call them a "leading competitor" of Gibson. Martin's annual gross sales wouldn't make a rounding error on Gibson's books.
Does this mean I have to turn in my Les Paul or risk having Customs bust my door down?
Just get a tele and call it a day.
The rumor that seems to best suggest the reason for the problem is that Gibson, being unable to get the kind of finish they want on the rare rosewood from woodworkers in India, reprocesses the pieces in the USA. India had no complaints — its rule that rosewood imported from India must be finished in India had been met, and an Indian woodworker has a job — but some trouble maker (probably not connected with Martin) still claimed Gibson had violated the Lacey act.
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
US gov’t resources being used on behalf of Indian law? What a political vendetta. Obama, you suck.
I guess Gibson had better get their heads on straight and start spreading some of the love in 2012.
It is after all, an election year. :)
“Just get a tele and call it a day.”
YES! I have 5 Teles! There’s an old SG in a closet somewhere. I abdo-lutely hate the sound of humbucking pickups! The only Gibson pickup worth a damn is a P-90!
I love my Martin, I now feel dirty playing it.
Careful1! Obama will “Redistribute” those Teles’ to the Fenderless!
Or just get a Charvel Model 5FX W/Floyd like me and call it good ;)
Welcome to fascism-Democrat style.
Any history book will tell you how this works, folks
I've heard it said that part of the reason a Stradivarius is a Stradivarius is the finish.
Not hard to imagine these modern bureaucrats trying to tell Antonio Stradivari how he must make violins.
Gibson Guitar CEO: We’re Under Attack By Obama Administration
In the immortal words of Johnny Chung:
“I see the White House is like a subway, you have to put in coins to open the gates.”
What was true during the Clinton years is true even more today.
No, it means donate to the Democraps or risk having Customs bust your door down. If not the Les Paul, they'll come up with something else.
I’ve heard it said that part of the reason a Stradivarius is a Stradivarius is the finish.
It’s been documented that the reason a Strad sounds the way it does is because of the aging process of the wood ,, a fungus attacked the wood store used at the strad workshop,, a fungus that only eats the center of each cell leaving the walls (and therefore the strength) intact... The wood was as strong as before but much lighter and therefore reacts with more brilliance and amplitude.
Instruments created today with similar wood sound fabulous.
“Just get a tele and call it a day.”
Mass produced in Mexico.
If true, it adds another piece to an increasingly disturbing puzzle.
No puzzle, just Chicagoland shakedown and politics.
It means you ought to be real careful about bringing it out of the country.
Gibson Competitor is Dem Donor; Uses Same Wood, Experienced No Federal Raids
One of Gibsons leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company....
Dear new media Bloggers, please stop this error in your reporting>
C.F. Martin is Not a competitor - leading or otherwise - of Gibson Guitars, honest. Really. Do some fact checking.
C.F. Martin makes Acoustic Guitars, exclusively, and darn good ones. Gibson makes *mostly* Electric Guitars, and darn good ones.
The real "leading competitor" to Gibson Guitar and their Les Paul and 'SG' models is Fender Guitar Co and their Electric Guitars like the Stratocaster and Telecaster models. Gibson also makes great semi-hollow body electrics like the ES-335 'dot', and BB King's ES-345 'Lucille'.
I'm not saying Gibson is NOT unfairly being singled out by the G, while Martin is getting a pass for using the same exotic woods. But please Blogger guys, stop with the 'leading competitor' stuff. Okay?
Many famous 'Rock Guitar gods' like Eric Clapton start out playing a Gibson Les Paul. But then later switch to the Fender 'Strat' for the different sound it makes a from the Les Paul. Every guitar has its own sound, something my wife 'can't get' and wonders why I need Six Guitars. (actually Five. I have a Takamine acoustic I haven't touched for yeeears and want to sell)
Only play country music on it that ought to piss off the dems
Remember when the feds took over GM and Chrysler and the new Auto Czar took his little list and shut down thousands of dealerships around the country and surprise? surprise?, yep, 99.5% of them were GOP donors?
The same thing is at work here except on a smaller scale.
Uncle Joe Stalin would be proud of the Obama Administration. Proud! The only thing missing is sending political opponents off to the gulags and who knows how far behind that is at this point? From the sounds of it, not far. The DOJ is behind this trumped up outrage and everybody knows who is the prosecutor for the federal prison system!
I remember a college roommate who played a Yamaha 12 string. He finally saved enough to buy a Martin 12 string. What an amazing difference.
No, you can pay a fine and get grandfathered in. Make your check out for $2,000 and submit it to "Democratic National Committee, Washington, DC...."
No, that's actually their position. Committing an act that is against the law of another country is a US crime! Bizarre. Makes a mockery of the whole concept of jurisdiction. What if Uzbekistan outlaws Islam? Or tyranny, for that matter? Are they gonna go arrest The Won?
Yeah, that’s like going from a Mustang to a Lamborghini
The DOJ should just cut the BS and cite Gibson for their REAL “crime”-—Failure to contribute to the DNC.
There’s a grain of truth to that, though I don’t know of anyone who has been able to prove he has duplicated the finish of these famous violins.
However, it’s not uncommon to find that when a newly built, unfinished violin is tested before finishing, the tester reports it sounds better than the typical finished violin.
As they say...get a Mexican made Fender made by Mexicans or get an American made Fender made by Mexicans.
I’m already there bro!
Holy cow! You can’t even be a gee-tar playin’ hippie without worrying that your axe is doing irreparable harm to Mudder Erf!
Or better yet, a Bösendorfer Imperial! :-)
The Tyrants AG: Laws and American economy matter not.
HE is your King."
Nah, if anyone's looking for an alternative to a Les Paul, they should look at Yamaha's SG(SBG)2000. Amazing, amazing guitar, and I finally got my hands on one of the reissues several years ago.
I've traded many guitars over the years, including great Gibson LPs and SGs, but I would NEVER let go of the Yamaha.
All the best to Gibson, though, and I hope they kick the Obama DOJ's arse in court.
The point of this raid was to deliver a messageand teach a lesson. Expect to see more of the same as election day 2012 gets closer.
and people wonder why those CEOs came out publicly and stated they would not support any pro-American, pro-business candidates. They don’t want to suffer this fate.
We are a BANANA REPUBLIC.....with NO bananas.
This is atlas shrugged.
Very similar to the repeated investigations vs. Toyota after the 0bama Regime took control of GM. Of COURSE it’s all coincidence... /s
Made in the USA.
Great guitar -- had one (350) for about 10 years, but rarely picked it up, unfortunately. Still prefer the tone and sustain of the SG2000 -- it's the best guitar I've ever owned.
Doesn’t Fender use the same rosewood Gibson uses?