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What Gibson Guitars Did with
the Wood the Government Returned

American Thinker, by Victor Keith

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Posted By:magnante, 2/2/2014 9:17:41 AM

In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee.(snip)Gibson took that wood and made it into the Government Series II Les Paul. These special edition guitars are hot stamped in gold with the Government Series graphic, which is an American bald eagle holding a Gibson guitar neck.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ratslayer, 2/2/2014 9:27:54 AM     (No. 9715711)

Alexander and Corker should have shut down the Senate over this Case. But like most RIMOs the
backbone was lacking.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 2/2/2014 10:07:50 AM     (No. 9715786)

I heard that lots of ´stuff´ went missing during that raid on Gibson.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/2/2014 10:10:21 AM     (No. 9715793)

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Staunch repub, 2/2/2014 10:22:27 AM     (No. 9715824)

Guaranteeing perpetual harassment by IRS. (Internal Retaliation Service)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fordtran, 2/2/2014 10:24:49 AM     (No. 9715828)

BOO-YAH! Makes me want to buy one, and I don´t even play guitar.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Harleynyc, 2/2/2014 10:40:47 AM     (No. 9715855)

I have 7 Gibby´s,and will never buy a Martin, who supported obama, and used the same wood, but were left alone. It was all political as we already knew.
http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/05/now-the-gibson-guitar-raids-make-sense-it-was-on-the-political-enemies-list/

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Reply 7 - Posted by: uno, 2/2/2014 10:49:32 AM     (No. 9715868)

Sooooo.....
A) if Gibson had to pay a $300,000.00 fine, what were they guilty of?
B) Why did the government return the confiscated wood if it was such a crime to have it?

Obviously the whole thing stinks and Gibson made the best of a bad, vindictive political vendetta. Too bad all those Republican GM dealership owners that got put out of business by the Momjeans-Wearing, Shame Gland Missing, Two-Bit, Childish, Narcissistic, Vindictive, Arrogant Lawless Phoney-Baloney Plastic Banana Republic Socialist Doorknob could get their revenge!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: craige, 2/2/2014 11:28:41 AM     (No. 9715908)

Such actions are a result of psychopathy, in government bureaucrats and politicians. There is a lot of information on U-Tube about psychopaths. Where ever there is Power, there is usually a psychopath.

1% to 5% of the general population is psychopathic. You probably know one personally. You definitely know many, publicly.

Some psychopathic verbage: "Hope and change," "You have to pass the bill, to find out what´s in it," "If it will save just one child, it will be worth it," "New World Order," "War on Drugs," "War on Poverty," and of course "Your president is not a crook."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 2/2/2014 11:39:10 AM     (No. 9715922)

Taylor Guitars got a pass as did Paul Reed Smith (PRS guitars).
I own nothing but Gibson and many since the 1960s when I purchased my first electric Gibson.
I´ll have nothing else.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: steph_gray, 2/2/2014 12:24:31 PM     (No. 9715971)

Now that I´ve retired I can probably never afford a new guitar. But I do wish the Taylor I bought 25 years ago when I didn´t know any of this were a Gibson.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nihtwael, 2/2/2014 12:27:35 PM     (No. 9715975)

I don´t know what Fender´s politics are, and I don´t want to know, because I love my Stratocaster.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Zarin, 2/2/2014 1:18:50 PM     (No. 9716023)

You can go to the Gibson site & look up Government Series II to see the electric guitar. Starts at $999.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: grounded, 2/2/2014 1:44:58 PM     (No. 9716055)

The Lacey Act was first passed in 1900. And a good reason why all federal laws should sunset after like five years unless reauthorized. Case in point: PP&ACA.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/2/2014 2:55:11 PM     (No. 9716135)

The Gibson raid was as bad a fiasco as the Google Glass movie assault.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 2/2/2014 3:05:29 PM     (No. 9716142)


Gibson´s "fine" of 300k was not a fine. It was a "political contribution" to 0bama. After all, Gibson favored the pubbies with contributions. So, also recall what 0bama did to car dealerships...he confiscated dealerships that contributed to pubbies. Gave some dealerships to HIS contributors. It is wrong in many ways. The HR/Senate turned their backs on Gibson and those car dealers. 0bama, et al is getting more brazen and lawless every day and know that no one will prosecute. Hooray for Gibson!!! A small victory for us. There are too many other persecution/prosecutions out there.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 2/2/2014 7:31:51 PM     (No. 9716414)

Can you believe the FBI actually conducted
a vindictive political raid on Gibson Guitar using armed SWAT team Ninja Wannabes with machine guns?? Armed FBI agents swept into a quiet Gibson Guitar factory waving Automatic Weapons at people. All this over some boards of illegal tonewood imported lawfully from India which the government eventually returned?? What a disgrace the FBI has become working as Obama´s political enforcers. Reason #9981 to impeach the liar Obama. It´s called abuse of power.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/2/2014 7:51:48 PM     (No. 9716429)

How libs sweep this one under the table is beyond me.

Wish there were a website that kept track of all of these political vendettas and fascist moves on the part of the administration, such as the Gibson raid and the D´Souza indictment; also, the out-of-line executive actions.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/3/2014 1:12:10 AM     (No. 9716673)

Wonder if Willie Nelson will purchase one ?
He was on an old show the other night promoting his IRS CD.

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