Yes, because it has nothing to do with the 'kind' of wood. Generally, it has to do with the form in which the wood is in when it is imported and the harmonized schedule code used to import the wood.
And in the case of this import, it involved a company called Luthier Mercantile International changing the HS code on the wood (twice) after it was exported, mislabeling the wood, listing an incorrect ultimate consignee on the import papers, failing to file Lacey Act paperwork, shipping additional wood into Nashville through Canada in the name of LMI with an advance email telling the warehouse that the customs paperwork didn't name the true ultimate consignee of the wood, and more.
Gibson hadn't paid for any of the wood, and LMI's the party with direct fingerprints on all of the improper actions, which is why LMI also filed a claim in the civil forfeiture action, because the wood may belong to LMI and not Gibson.
However, all of those intentional actions of LMI in changing the HS codes, listing false consignees, and such, makes the imported item (the wood) contraband under the law. Nobody wants to hear that, because we all hate Obama so much that the "Obama's after Gibson" story angers us so much more. And it's nice to be mad at Obama.