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Gibson Guitars raided by the federal govt today

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Federal agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raided Gibson's guitar factory on Massman Drive Tuesday afternoon.

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Gibson Guitar said in a press release Tuesday it is "fully cooperating with agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in connection with an issue involving harvested wood."


There are accusations the company has been illegally harvesting a type of wood from Madagascar, sending it to Germany and then importing it to the United States.


Channel 4's sources said the investigation centers around whether Gibson used illegally harvested endangered species of rosewood and ebony wood.


According to the Nashville Post, agents carted away boxes of wood, guitars, computers and boxes of files Tuesday from the company's factory.


Gibson said Tuesday that it is a "chain of custody certified buyer who purchases wood from legal suppliers who are to follow all standards."


The company said it will continue to cooperate fully and assist the federal government in the investigation.


The U.S. Attorney's office said no charges have been filed.


In 2003, Gibson announced it would use "smart wood," which is harvested from well-managed certified forests.


Gibson has been headquartered in Nashville since 1984 and specializes in the manufacturing of acoustic and electric guitars.

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i wanted a les paul from 1960's but that wont be hapening, now that mr les paul kicked the bucket prices have skyrocketed. =(


same goes for a fender jaguar, after mr kurt left this plane, prices skyrocketed and still are.

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