The CEO of Gibson guitars doesn’t seem to be playing along with the Justice Department.
Henry Juszkiewicz has been fighting back after the recent raid on his branches in Memphis and Nashville. The company was also raided in 2009 over the alleged use of illegal wood. However, it seems it’s not so much the wood that’s the problem as where it is processed.
Reporter Judson Berger clarifies. Court documents “noted that Indian law prohibs the export of sawn wood, which an be used for fingerboards – but does not prohibit the export of veneers, which are sheets of woods that hae already been worked on.
“The search warrants alleged that the intercepted shipment was falsely declared as venerr, something that would have been lega. However, the documents said the ebony was in fact unfinished sawn wood, supposedly illegal.”
Juszkiewicz feels that the only reason they are in trouble is because U.S. workers are completing work on guitar fingerboards in the U.S. Also, that “the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indin workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Deparment’s interpreation of a law in India.”
He explains more here.