GIbson Guitar Defies Obama Regime – Uses Confiscated Wood to Produce Government Series Guitar Complete With American Eagle

Gibson Guitar Henry Juszkiewicz was invited to Obama’s speech to Congress in September 2011. He refused to be intimidated by the Obama regime. (TPM)

In 2009 Gibson Guitar came under attack by the the Obama Justice Department for accusations that the company broke American Indian laws. Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitars, Inc., said the government suggested that the company’s use of unfinished wood from India was illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because of the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India.  What raised many eyebrows about the confiscation was that the countries involved, India and Madagascar, indicated that they were not interested in pursuing the matter when contacted by the Department of Justice.  The company’s real crime was that they donated to Republican candidates and not to Obama.

As the American Thinker reported : After spending nearly two and half million dollars in legal fees and paying a $300,000 fine, the government has settled with Gibson and has finally returned the confiscated tonewood. Normally that would be the end of the story, with a victory scored for partisan government bullying of political opponents, however, that is not the end.

Gibson took that wood and made it into the Government Series II Les Paul.

gibson guitar series
Gibson Guituar used the wood to make its Government Series II Les Paul – Complete with an American Eagle stamp.

Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville—only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended—it was an event worth celebrating. Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.

It may be time to purchase that new guitar you’ve been wanting?

Photo of author
Jim Hoft is the founder and editor of The Gateway Pundit, one of the top conservative news outlets in America. Jim was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013 and is the proud recipient of the Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Journalism from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in May 2016. In 2023, The Gateway Pundit received the Most Trusted Print Media Award at the American Liberty Awards.

You can email Jim Hoft here, and read more of Jim Hoft's articles here.


Thanks for sharing!