Gibson Guitars Raid Results in New Line

Gibson Guitars Raid Results in New Line

CREATED Feb 3, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It was a raid that surprised one of the biggest names in the guitar world headquartered right here in Music City.

Federal agents raided Gibson guitars in 2009 and 2011 under provisions of the Lacey Act. a wildlife and forest protection law, claiming Gibson didn't exercise due care in importing exotic wood used for its guitars.    

Federal agents confiscated the wood during those raids but after a settlement, the company has their supplies back and are now putting them to use in a new way.  

Gibson's CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, thought a good way to celebrate those trying times was to put the wood supplies it just got back from the government to use.

"Put them into special guitars and share them with people that support us."

The company now has a Gibson Government Series with a list price of $1,099. The website bills the guitar as a way to "fight the powers that be."  

For CEO Henry Juszkiewicz its a priceless way to say thank you to customers.  

Since the raid, Gibson's CEO has argued against parts of the Lacey act, saying they go too far.

Gibson paid more than 300 thousand dollars to settle out of court.