28 Sep '11, 12pm

Guitar Antihero: Lawless logging and slaughtered wildlife didn’t stop Gibson Guitar

Guitar Antihero: Lawless logging and slaughtered wildlife didn’t stop Gibson Guitar

Gibson's logging miles on a highway to hell. This is the second story in a four-part series about how foreign timber companies, Tea Party groups, and Gibson Guitar have turned illegal logging into a Republican cause célèbre. Read part 1 here . On August 24, federal agents knocked on the doors of Gibson Guitar headquarters and factories in Nashville, Tenn., and seized large quantities of imported wood. The company, famous for its Les Paul guitars, had apparently aroused suspicion for importing guitar fingerboards from India under false pretences -- claiming the wood was "veneer" when it was allegedly sawn lumber exported in violation of the Lacey Act, a federal law that prohibits trafficking in illegally harvested plants and animals. On further investigation, according to an affidavit in the case, agents found evidence that Gibson had allegedly committed similar offenses 11...

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