Government Raids Gibson Guitars

The government has confiscated $1 million worth of guitars and raw materials from the Gibson Guitar Factories in Nashville and Memphis.

Is this really the best use of our scarce law enforcement resources?

Allegedly, Gibson imported exotic woods that were logged either illegally or improperly.  Similar allegations from 2009 remain unresolved.  You can read the whole story here from the

In a time of economic softness, high unemployment, uncertainty about the future, I think it would be helpful for the government to help businesses to grow and give them assistance in complying with laws instead of shutting down their operations.

Gibson could easily have the guitars made in Indonesia, and this issue would go away.  Who does that help?

On a personal note, I have been to the Gibson Guitar Factory in Nashville twice as part of their annual dealer conference and the Fortune Magazine Battle of the Corporate Bands.  It is a fantastic place and they set up tents with every imaginable guitar, and free access to play them all. We were fortunate enough to play on their stage twice and open for both Gretchen Wilson and Cheap Trick.  See photos below.

Hopefully Gibson will continue to make beautiful guitars, made in the USA.

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4 Responses to “Government Raids Gibson Guitars”

  1. Lori on September 2nd, 2011:

    Don’t mess with the guitars!

  2. Brian on September 2nd, 2011:

    Such a great point, Bryan – they could have easily moved their operations offshore like so many other manufacturers. They’re here in the good ol’ US of A and this is what they get?

  3. Larry on September 2nd, 2011:

    This was really interesting. I was at a conference this summer where Fender loaned instruments so that folks could unwind and just jam. I don’t play, but this made me want to visit Gibson.

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