Gibson Guitars Under Investigation For Using Illegal Wood

    Last week, the headquarters for Gibson guitars was raided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and until this week details as to why were murky. It turns out Gibson is under investigation for making their guitars with rosewood, a wood that is illegal, and may have shipped the wood from Madagascar via Germany. The wood is very expensive (double the price of mahogany) and it is illegal to import due to environmental and corruption concerns involved with its deforestation in Madagascar. Gibson is claiming that they don’t use illegal wood knowingly, and they plan to fully cooperate with the investigation. [Spinner]