Head on over to Change.org and sign this petition to resolve the Gibson Guitar inquiry. We as guitarists and guitar lovers need to stay on top of this issue because it could grow to affect every guitar company we know and love. Spread the word, pass the link around, and let’s see if we can get something done.
Here’s some info from the petition site:
On Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, agents for the U.S. government executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service executed the search warrants for ebony and rosewood that was imported from India.
The federal officials claim that Gibson violated the Lacey Act, which stipulates that a company cannot import wood in a manner that’s against the laws of the country the wood is coming from. However, Gibson has complied with Indian law and no concerns have been raised by the Indian government.