I just got wind that Gibson Guitar was raided (again) due to issues of the wood used in their guitars. A few years ago there was a raid relating to wood brought in from Madagascar. This time it’s related to Indian Rosewood and Ebony. Apparently, Federal Agents came in hard to Gibson’s plant in Nashville and halted all operations
I personally think it’s unusual on how the government is not working with Gibson and coming down with such a strong hammer. Apparently, Gibson has gone through all the proper channels to obtain the woods. Also, I found it unusual that the problem is related to Indian Rosewood and Ebony, since so many guitars use this for their fingerboards. We’re not talking super exotic/rare woods here.
Gibson Guitar has released their press conference and posted it on YouTube (GibsonGuitarCorp). Some interesting stuff here. I wish the best of luck to Gibson Guitars.
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