Raid on Gibson Guitar Plant Over Rare Wood Sparks Controversy, a Bill, and a Song
WAPO has a great article about the controversy stirred up when federal officlas raided the Gibson Guitar plant over allegedly illegal, but definitley rare and exotic wood, that is disappearing from our planet. Guitar makers and players have been alalrmed at the enforecment of the Lacey Act, although so far no individual instruments have been confiscated. However, after poltical pressure Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) introduced a bill granting grandfather immunity for any guitar players out there who currently own an instrument made from rare and exotic woods. One musician, Steve Bryant, went so far to write a song telling the government, "Keep Your Hands Off Our Wood." The case is still pending, no charges have been filed.