Justice Department Raids Gibson Guitars Over Indian Rosewood
Friday, September 02, 2011
Last week federal marshalls from the Justice Department raided three Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee. They were looking for a rare Indian rosewood — which Gibson uses to build acoustic and electric guitars that sell for thousands of dollars. The feds claim the wood was obtained illegally, which Gibson denies. The armed marshalls confiscated the wood and shut down production but didn't offer any answers on how Gibson could clear its name. Now guitarmakers, musicians, and vintage instrument dealers are on edge. In this week's Arts File, Lance Luckey speaks with independent radio producer Craig Havighurst about the raid and its implications.