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