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  • Mexican police trade guns for guitars in hope that mariachi restores public trust

    08/29/2017 6:13:53 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 20 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | August 29, 2017 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Ay, ay, ay, ay! As Mexico’s security situation continues to deteriorate -- along with public trust in law enforcement -- some police officers in the country are trading in their guns for guitarrónes in an effort to help improve the image of the force. A group of 21 federal police officers, who also just happen to be professional musicians, have formed a mariachi band in order to show the human side of law enforcement and break down widespread mistrust in the force -- a chronic issue in a country plagued by the underreporting of crimes. Playing one of the country’s...
  • Man Buys Guitar at Garage Sale for $175, Turns Out It's Worth $800,000

    07/29/2015 7:28:49 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 39 replies
    UltimateGuitar.com ^ | 7-21-15 | Ultimate Guitar website
    John McCaw is a building contractor from San Diego who struck jackpot way back in 1969 without even knowing it. The story actually began in 1962, when John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles got themselves a pair of matching Gibson J-160E guitars. About a year later, John's six-string was stolen after the band's pre-Christmas show in London. A few years later Mr. McCaw's friend had unknowingly bought Lennon’s Gibson in a local music shop. In 1969, that friend sold it to McCaw for about $175, or about $1,100 when inflation-adjusted for 2014. 45 years later, after using the...
  • Two New Studies Suggest Women Are More Attracted to a Man Holding a Guitar

    05/07/2014 4:36:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 167 replies
    Guitar World ^ | May 7, 2014 | Damian Fanelli
    There's a certain Je ne sais quoi about a guy holding a guitar. Or so says a new study from France, which suggests that a man is perceived as more attractive to women if there’s a guitar in his hands. The study's results are similar to the findings of a 2012 study from Israel. France, Israel, Hoboken or Bumpass, Virginia — it doesn't matter where the guitarist is from. The point is, male guitarists are generally viewed as promising mating material (as if we didn't all know that already)!
  • What Gibson Guitars Did with the Wood the Government Returned

    02/02/2014 6:10:36 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/2/2014 | Victor Keith
    In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee. These raids were conducted due to the Lacey Act, which bans the importing of certain woods. The issue at hand was not that the wood was endangered or illegally harvested, but that it was not of the proper thickness that would have meant that some...
  • Gibson Sticks Thumb in Obama Administration's Eye with 'Government Series' Guitars

    02/01/2014 11:02:05 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/14 | Jeffrey Poor
    In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood. At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company. At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail. But in...
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • Les Paul Auction Catalog

    06/19/2012 11:39:11 AM PDT · by bigbob · 8 replies
    Juilens Auctions ^ | 6/2012 | Juliens Auctions
    "Property from the estate of Les Paul" - Auction was held June 8 & 9 in Beverly Hills CA Page through this e-book or download a copy for posterity.
  • Why Gibson guitars ran afoul of logging rules, and why activists are in Anaheim for NAMM

    01/20/2012 3:33:45 AM PST · by Son House · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Southern California Public Radio ^ | Jan. 19, 2012 | Molly Peterson
    Over the last few years, guitars and a sort of obscure law against illegal logging have come into conflict. Environmental activists are in Anaheim today, at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, to do a raising awareness song-and-dance about this. Literally: they've got a musician with them. The guitars are Gibsons, and the law is the Lacey Act. An NPR colleague reported on this issue from Tennessee last year. Gibson is just a flash point: federal law enforcement officials have investigated the company on the suspicion that it broke laws in India and Madagascar. The Lacey Act makes...
  • Gibson Competitor is Dem Donor;Uses Same Wood, ExperiencedNo Federal Raids

    08/27/2011 10:52:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8/26/11 | John Nolte
    Via Andrew Lawton at Landmark Report: One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections (though, to be fair, he did donate a whopping $750 to Republican Congressmen in the 90s.) According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain ''East Indian Rosewood.' In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars. If true, it adds another piece to an increasingly disturbing puzzle.
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid (Claims DOJ wants wood finished in India)

    08/27/2011 6:58:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 83 replies
    Gibson.Com ^ | August 25, 2011
    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.” The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents executed the search warrants. “Agents seized wood that was Forest Stewardship Council controlled,” Juszkiewicz said. “Gibson has a...
  • Feds Raid Gibson Guitar

    08/26/2011 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 18 replies
    Heroic federal agents, Wednesday, Aug. 24, swooped down on the offices and factories of Gibson Guitar, an infamous maker of musical instruments based in Tennessee. They were looking for wood, the substance that is the cadavers of innocent trees and used by drug-addled "rock and roll" musicians to corrupt innocent minds. Apparently, Gibson had imported some of this dead tree substance from India and failed to properly fill out the necessary paperwork. The use of innocent dead trees to create paper for the federal government is acceptable.
  • Guitar heroes: When the magic transfers from rock stars to instruments

    02/15/2011 4:39:17 AM PST · by decimon · 44 replies
    University of Chicago Press Journals ^ | February 14, 2011 | Unknown
    Budding guitarists seek the magical powers of rock hero instruments, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "Like people from the Middle Ages who sought saints' relics, modern consumers like the budding rock guitarist desire fetishes (objects perceived as magical and possessing extraordinary power)" write authors Karen V. Fernandez (University of Aukland, New Zealand) and John L. Lastovicka (Arizona State University). "We live in a world where anybody with a modest amount of money can buy a close copy or a replica of a desired object," the authors write. "We wanted to know why consumers who...
  • Gibson.com’s Top 50 Guitar Solos: Full List, Readers Poll Revealed

    10/03/2010 7:23:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 286 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson ^ | September 24, 2010
    With today’s announcement of the Top 10 Guitar Solos of All Time, another Gibson.com Top 50 list is in the books. Below, check out the full rundown of all 50 solos that made the list. (You can get more information on each of the entries here: #50-41, #40-31, #30-21, #20-11 and #10-1.) Plus, take a look at the readers poll and the guitarists who scored multiple entries further down the page.
  • Exclusive: Dave Carroll Files A New Flight Plan

    03/01/2010 7:02:22 AM PST · by BigChiefLtd · 157+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | Gerry Ashley
    This exclusive interview with Dave Carroll is being published simultaneously with the release and posting of his third and final video in the “United Breaks Guitars” trilogy. The video will appear in this Interview upon its posting on Youtube Tuesday evening. With the posting of this final video of the trilogy, I thought our readers might like to get to know more about the man behind the music. Dave was kind enough to give me an exclusive interview for Grand Rants. I spoke with him following his appearance on “The View” in NYC and as he prepared for a several...
  • This Week: Exclusive Interview With Dave Carroll

    03/01/2010 2:49:38 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 118+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 03-01-10 | Gerry Ashley
    ...We will feature an exclusive one-on-one interview with popular Canadian singer/songwriter Dave Carroll as he releases the third and final video in the United Breaks Guitars trilogy... “United Breaks Guitars” (song #1) ended up as one of the most viewed Youtube videos of the year garnering over one million hits in its first week. The catchy country tune chronicled the misfortune suffered by Carroll, whose guitar was broken by United Airline baggage handlers while he was on a flight from Nova Scotia to a show in Nebraska. While the first “United Breaks Guitars” video was what brought Carroll to the...
  • This Week: Exclusive Interview With Dave Carroll

    02/28/2010 7:29:09 AM PST · by BigChiefLtd · 1 replies · 135+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | February 28, 2010 | Gerry Ashley
    One of the top videos on YouTube last year was “United Breaks Guitars.” The catchy country tune chronicled the misfortune suffered by Carroll, whose guitar was broken by United Airline baggage handlers while he was on a flight from Nova Scotia to a show in Nebraska. The first two videos in the trilogy have been viewed nearly 10 million viewers and have made Carroll one of the fastest rising stars on the music scene today.
  • Ode to Orly Taitz (Based on her Appeal Yesterday to the U.N.)

    02/23/2010 7:59:11 PM PST · by parsifal · 91 replies · 1,621+ views
    parsifal | February 23, 2010 | parsifal
    Ode to Orly Taitz by the Freeper, parsifal Mississippio Countrio It was late February, and the year it was twenty ten. I was surfing on line, slurping down a little lime and gin. Well I was scrolling all around when the words flashed upon the screen. And it nearly laid me out, now let me tell you what I seen. Well it was something out of Outer Limits, something off of the Deep End. Today, Orly Taitz, the Birther Queen, went seeking help at the U.N. --- Well my glasses fogged over and I nearly had a heart attack I...
  • Feds raid Gibson offices (Gibson guitars)

    11/17/2009 6:33:49 PM PST · by Drew68 · 54 replies · 2,708+ views
    Nashville Post ^ | 17 Nov 09 | J. R. Lind
    Federal agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local police today seized wood, guitars, computers and boxes of files from Gibson Guitar's Massman Road manufacturing facility. Sources say the Nashville-based guitar manufacturer is being investigated for violating the Lacey Act, a key piece of environmental law, for importing endangered species of rosewood from Madagascar. Rosewood is widely used in the construction of guitars and sells for $5,000 per cubic meter, more than double the price of mahogany. The island nation off Africa's east coast is a key producer of the hardwood, the export of which has links to...
  • Visit to Gibson Island in Second Life and me playing a guitar at a building area.

    10/01/2009 2:44:26 PM PDT · by axlebookmite · 89 replies · 1,756+ views
    Second Life ^ | 10/01/09 | Axlebookmite
    Me in the Gibson trolley at Gibson Island. Me at the landing point Me playing with a guitar i got.
  • Janie Hendrix Introduces The New Hendrix Model Guitar – (plus 10 more years of Archives material)

    09/25/2009 12:00:10 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 62 replies · 2,968+ views
    Gibson guitars ^ | 09.15.2009 | Ted Drozdowski
    What could possibly add to the enormity of Jimi Hendrix’s music legacy in 2009 — 39 years after the still-ruling sonic genius of electric guitar departed the planet? How about an entirely new and unprecedented Jimi Hendrix guitar model designed by the Authentic Hendrix and Gibson? This astonishing about-to-be-unveiled guitar brand is destined to inspire a new generation of players as well as the legion of musicians already under the influence of Jimi’s magical sound and style. We recently caught up with Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and the president and CEO of Authentic Hendrix — the family-owned companies entrusted with...