Skip to comments.Gibson Sticks Thumb in Obama Administration's Eye with 'Government Series' Guitars
Posted on 02/01/2014 11:02:05 AM PST by Impala64ssa
In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood.
At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company.
At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail. But in August 2012, he settled with the Department of Justice by agreeing to pay a penalty of $300,000 and a $50,000 community service payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
At the time, Breitbart News suggested that the federal government targeted Gibson because of the conservative ideological stance it had supported. But according to the Gibson Guitar website, the tonewood was returned and made into the Government Series II Les Paul guitars:
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Well, as long a no road lanes were closed - What difference does it make???
The current administration is a repressive, fascist organization, using the powers of the government against its political enemies. This is an impeachable offense.
The wood was returned, so it must have been legal. So why were there fines and penalties?
Extortion and the bonus of making Gibson some sort of example for the masses.
I am waiting for the tonewood, ivory and spotted-owl-beak series of the guitar.
It’s called extortion.
EXTORTION, my friend.
Be honest they not real musicians
they are computer generated music artists
If you talk Blues men like Buddy Guy get back to me LOL!
This is Chapter 1 stuff at the Jesse Jackson School of Economics.
F the government
Clickthrough the Breitbart article to the Gibson webpage. The comments at Gibson are fantastic!
They missed the mark:
Should have been made into the Obama Les Paul Model...
Eric the Red Les Paul guitars
I believe it was Wilson Combat during the Clinton Administration who sold 10 round magazines under the brand name “Bureaucrat”, as a way of making fun of the magazine limit.
LOL! Hope they build a Ted Nugent model.
The Government Series is not limited to just the Les Paul, but includes SG, Flying V, and Explorer.
This SG comment is priceless:
I think Gibson to do this one better by issuing a very decorated “Super Patriot” line of guitars, featuring elaborate decor and very high prices.
Various models might by special made for military units, including their unit commendations and major battles.
They could also do a Confederate flag version.
There could be a Bill of Rights version. A Tea Party version. etc.
Pick guard made from sea turtles too
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