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Gibson Guitars Competitor Used the Same 'Illegal' Wood, But Contributed to Different Candidates

You gotta know who to pay off


Interestingly, one of Gibson's leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin's catalog, several of their guitars contain "East Indian Rosewood," which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson's guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized?

Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson's chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. Recent donations have included $2,000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and $1,500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles.

"We feel that Gibson was inappropriately targeted," Juszkiewicz said at the time, adding the matter "could have been addressed with a simple contact (from) a caring human being representing the government. Instead, the government used violent and hostile means."

(H/T Lord Humungus)

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  1. Should businesses make equal donations to both candidates for federal office just to cover their bases?

  2. Instead, the government used violent and hostile means

    When all you have is a hammer…

  3. Not that I doubt they were targeted because of who the CEO supported, but wasn’t the issue with how much finishing was done on the rosewood in india? ie, it wasn’t illegal to export the wood under indian law, it just had to have a particular amount of labor applied to it before it could be exported.

    Meaning it’s quite possible that Martin was importing wood that was more finished than Gibson was.

    Lacey act is still nuts, though, and still available for, and used for, massive abuse.

  4. This entire article is written by a hack.

    The rosewood case was dropped. The other case went through because Gibson knowingly imported wood illegally.

    Apparently Guitar World has better journalists than this page.

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