Gibson Guitar Corp. is claiming the Obama administration wants more of its woodwork erseas, as a bizarre battle heats up between the government and one of the s most renowned guitar makers.
According to search warrants associated with the latest raid, federal agents in June intercepted a shipment of Indian ebony apparently bound for Gibson in Tennessee. The documents noted that Indian law "prohibits the export of sawn wood," which can be used for fingerboards --but does not prohibit the export of "veneers," which are sheets of woods that have already been worked on. The search warrants alleged that the intercepted shipment was "falsely declared" as veneer, something that would have been legal. However, the documents said the ebony was in fact unfinished "sawn wood," supposedly illegal. This led to the raid on Gibson facilities late last month.
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