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Story of the Women Who Built Gibson Guitars During WWII

Kalamazoo Gals"Kalamazoo Gals” by John Thomas is the forgotten story of the women who built Gibson’s “Banner” guitars during WWII. Please join us for an informal gathering and book signing in a unique setting: Retrofret Vintage Guitars. Located in the industrial Gowanus Canal section of Brooklyn, NY, Retrofret will honor Women’s History Month and the release of Mr. Thomas’ book on Sat. March 2, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM.

Gibson Guitars Comments on Department of Justice Settlement

Gibson InstrumentsThe following statement was released by Gibson regarding their recent Department of Justice Settlement where the U.S. Government accused the guitar maker of illegally importing rare woods in violation of the Lacey Act.

Gibson says, "After many weeks of negotiation, Gibson has settled all issues with the U.S. Government and the Department of Justice. CEO Henry Juszkiewicz commented, "We felt compelled to settle as the costs of proving our case at trial would have cost millions of dollars and taken a very long time to resolve. This allows us to get back to the business of making guitars. An important part of the settlement is that we are getting back the materials seized in a second armed raid on our factories and we have formal acknowledgement that we can continue to source rosewood and ebony fingerboards from India, as we have done for many decades."

Feds on Warpath Against Gibson Instruments...Again

Gibson InstrumentsFor the second time, federal agents raided Gibson Instruments offices in both Nashville and Memphis Wednesday. The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department's interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India. A video interview with Henry Juszkiewicz is below.

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