Another interesting tidbit in the Gibson Guitar saga

posted at 6:50 pm on August 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Commenters yesterday wondered whether Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor. Yep, he is. It also turns out that Chris Martin IV, the CEO of Gibson competitor, C.F. Martin and Company, is a long-time donor to Democrats. C.F. Martin uses the same “questionable” Indian rosewood in its guitars, but has the federal government raided a C.F. Martin factory? Didn’t think so. Juszkiewicz said yesterday he feels like this is a personal attack. Could it be because it is?

John Hinderaker over at Power Line words it perfectly:

It has come out that Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor, while the CEO of one of his principal competitors, C.F. Martin & Company, is a Democratic donor. Martin reportedly uses the same wood, but DOJ hasn’t raided them, leading to speculation that the Obama administration is sending a warning to Republican businessmen that they had better not oppose his re-election, lest they face criminal investigations. Normally such speculation would not be credible, but Eric Holder has politicized the Department of Justice to a point where such questions must be taken seriously. …

If nothing else, this incident illustrates the misguided priorities of the Obama administration. Harassing American businesses on frivolous grounds is not exactly what our economy needs at the moment. But the anti-business Obama administration just can’t help itself.

It’s also worth noting that the U.S. is a “trivial” importer of rosewood from India and Madagascar. According to Hinderaker, 95 percent of it goes to China. So, the whole “it’s for the trees” argument doesn’t really hold up.

 


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How hard would it be for an investigative journalist to determine if the wood is procured the same way between the two companies? If they are, I’d say Gibson has a real shot at claiming harrassment.

hawkdriver on August 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Didn’t Michelle Obama buy or give a Gibson Guitar, the hypocrite azz?

Oh, and Lichtman said this admin. is scandal-free.

This admin. is a carnival of malicious fools, whom the country has uncovered.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

We’re all Russians now.

HondaV65 on August 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Banana meet Republic

dirtseller on August 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Very interesting.
Too bad we don’t have a mainstream media with cojones.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Every day leaves me more disgusted with the democrats, Obama, and the current political process. 2012 and a true outsider (Sarah Palin) can’t come soon enough.

Scotsman on August 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Harassing American businesses on frivolous grounds is not exactly what our economy needs at the moment.

At the moment? How is this not Nixonian?

BKeyser on August 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Calling Daryl Issa, calling Daryl Issa……

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM

It is deliberate voter intimidation by the regime

Kini on August 30, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Very interesting.
Too bad we don’t have a mainstream media with cojones.
carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Since it’s music related I’m sure Rolling Stone will have a breathless expose on it next month.

Right? Right? *crickets*

strictnein on August 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I’d say Gibson has a real shot at claiming harrassment.

hawkdriver on August 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Can Gibson sue the DoJ?

And then, would it make the news?

And one more question, just for the big picture: Is Henry Juszkiewicz beautiful? Or Ugly.

flicker on August 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Wow, just wow.

Tasha on August 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM

D.C. Richgate

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Gibson should tell Holder and Obama to go take a Flying V and double-humbuck themselves.

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Since it’s music related I’m sure Rolling Stone will have a breathless expose on it next month.

Right? Right? *crickets*

strictnein on August 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Haha, yeah.
They are only interested in damaging those evil republicans.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Gibson should tell Holder and Obama to go take a Flying V and double-humbuck themselves.

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Nice.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 7:05 PM

sure is a nice gee-tar company that you have thar’, be a shame if something happened to it./

ted c on August 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Calling Daryl Issa, calling Daryl Issa……

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I am beginning to think that Issa is a front man for the dims.

grapeknutz on August 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM

How hard would it be for an investigative journalist to determine…

It’s not, but this and other stories illustrate that, no matter how much we hear about the New Media, the most valuable channels are still in the hands of the ruling twits. And the editorial choices made at NYT, WaPo and the alphabet nets still set the news agendas for all the Podunk dailies, weeklies and vacuum-head local TV “news” shows. The media would have a field day with so many of the stories we’ve had come out of the White House, if it were occupied by icky Republicans. It seems to get old but it’s worth repeating every time a case that throws light on the incredibly obvious bias happens. This is beyond the appearance of corrupt. And if Fox News doesn’t cover it with a balanced (which can’t help but be sympathetic to Gibson) piece then they’re just as bad. I won’t know if they do. I don’t watch any of it. I get ALL my news from Hot Air. ;-)

curved space on August 30, 2011 at 7:07 PM

If this gets out far and wide, it will back fire as all lefty ideas do.

Gibson guitars will have the best year in a decade!

katy on August 30, 2011 at 7:09 PM

So what does it take for “elections expert” Lichtman to decide the corrupt Chicago machine in the WH has finally reached the scandal tipping point?

INC on August 30, 2011 at 7:10 PM

I still think that the majority of auto sales companies that were shut down were also major contributors to the republican party.

I also believe that that was the only reason they were shut down; Obama and his merry band of thugs wanted to limit the fund
raising capabilities of the repubs. Auto sales company owners were big “bundlers” (I think that is the term) of campaign cash
for repub candidates.

Have we put our thinking hats on yet and realize that is what
they tried to do to Sarah Palin? Shut her up, ruin her financially
with all the phoney ethics charges? Sifting through 24,000 emails.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Amjean on August 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM

This reminds me of the way Republican car dealers were shut down in favor of owners who were Dem donors.

INC on August 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM

C.F. Martin uses the same “questionable” Indian rosewood in its guitars

Does it? Can you provide a citation for that one? Is the investigation into Gibson centered around a particular shipment or group of shipments that may have been mishandled, or is the investigation focused on ALL Indian rosewood imports?

ernesto on August 30, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Well Obama did say that he would reward his friends and punish his enemies. No one can claim they weren’t warned.

Skandia Recluse on August 30, 2011 at 7:15 PM

iowahawk turns it up to “11″…in Doubly.

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Anyone else ever played one of those Indian “Givson” knockoffs?

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Very interesting.
Too bad we don’t have a mainstream media with cojones.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM

It takes great big ones to be so blatantly biased and still claim impartiality.

Slowburn on August 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM

IF both companies have the same source for the rosewood, will this become GUITARGATE?

Will Eric “Pardon ME” Holder have another investigation to drag out conduct before next fall’s election?

GarandFan on August 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Does it? Can you provide a citation for that one? Is the investigation into Gibson centered around a particular shipment or group of shipments that may have been mishandled, or is the investigation focused on ALL Indian rosewood imports?

ernesto on August 30, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Maybe you should click and read all of the articles Tina posted before blowing your troll horn.

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM

If this gets out far and wide, it will back fire as all lefty ideas do.

Gibson guitars will have the best year in a decade!

katy on August 30, 2011 at 7:09 PM

I am in the market for a new acoustic guitar, but I gotta tell ya,

Martin >> Gibson for acoustic guitars. I guess my question is, where is Taylor in the political spectrum? They would be my next choice for an acoustic.

Goldenavatar on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Barack “Gimme Some Money” Obama

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Anybody else getting damn well and sick of living in Chicago? Anybody else feel they would rather eat a barrel of dog doo than ever vote for a Democrat? Is it just me?

Sekhmet on August 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Apparently this isn’t the first time. From the Gibson press release:

In 2009, more than a dozen agents with automatic weapons invaded the Gibson factory in Nashville. The Government seized guitars and a substantial amount of ebony fingerboard blanks from Madagascar. To date, 1 year and 9 months later, criminal charges have NOT been filed, yet the Government still holds Gibson’s property. Gibson has obtained sworn statements and documents from the Madagascar government and these materials, which have been filed in federal court, show that the wood seized in 2009 was legally exported under Madagascar law and that no law has been violated. Gibson is attempting to have its property returned in a civil proceeding that is pending in federal court.

RadClown on August 30, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Corrupt little SCoaMF.

franksalterego on August 30, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Coming in November 2012

PUPPET SHOW

& SPINAL TAP BARACK OBAMA

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:28 PM

The harassment and closing of private businesses owned by donors to rival political parties is not American. That’s banana republic BS.

Sekhmet on August 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Juszkiewicz needs to declare that he’s a gay muslim that believes in AGW and is pro-abort. That’d get BarryO and Co., LLC, off his back.

Robert17 on August 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM

It’s also worth noting that the U.S. is a “trivial” importer of rosewood from India and Madagascar. According to Hinderaker, 95 percent of it goes to China. So, the whole “it’s for the trees” argument doesn’t really hold up.

I’m not following the logic here. (Assuming there’s supposed to be some logic?)

Perceptron on August 30, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Hmm..harass Gibson Guitars to the point of bankruptcy. Then use our tax dollars to ‘bail’ them out and install rival Chris Martin IV as acting CEO. Presenting Government Guitars!

shov74 on August 30, 2011 at 7:39 PM

This is a long pattern of attacking his enemies and rewarding his friends. Lest we forget the stimulus was a payoff to his friends. The GM bail lot rewarded the unions and closed down dealerships in a political fashion.

Grunt on August 30, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Nixon’s role in Watergate was much less than any number of things I see going on in this administration.

BierManVA on August 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM

This is where hate comes in. Yup! Hate! I hate this President, and his entire administration, and everything they stand for.

capejasmine on August 30, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Jackboot fascism.

rbj on August 30, 2011 at 7:51 PM

United Breaks Guitars Obama Takes Guitars

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Raiding political opponents while letting supporters off easy. That is indeed cronyism worthy of a banana republic . . . or of Chicago.

WannabeAnglican on August 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Wait, more tyranny? Nah, can’t be. If that were the case, we’d be having disallowed conversations. Or maybe we’re waiting for it to affect *us* directly – I mean, more than it has already…

Midas on August 30, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Wow, that guitar in the picture for this thread is $5k. Always wanted one, though.

chewydog on August 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

What I find ironic is that the vast majority of musicians that buy and play Gibson guitars are flaming left wing liberals. Wouldn’t it be fun to ask the Mellencramps etal of this world what they think?

Tim Zank on August 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Banana Republican, apparently.

Jaibones on August 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

I don’t understand why there was a raid in the first place, even if the DOJ allegations held water. Were there dangerous ties to organized crime or drug gangs in the wood-smuggling industry? Is the contraband Rosewood and Ebony likely to grow legs and run away if federal agents hadn’t put them under lock and key? Is Gibson a hotbed of fundamentalism extremists armed to the teeth? I just can’t see where a simple inspection and audit of books wouldn’t have sufficed if we’re just talking about some missing importation paperwork or the like. The whole SWAT Team aspect of it certainly lends credence to those speculating about partisan motivations leading to a punitive exercise of federal muscle.

Socratease on August 30, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Anybody else getting damn well and sick of living in Chicago? Anybody else feel they would rather eat a barrel of dog doo than ever vote for a Democrat? Is it just me?

Sekhmet on August 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Yeah, it’s just you.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM

United Breaks Guitars Obama Takes Guitars

Christien on August 30, 2011 at 7:55 PM

+100!

“First they came for the cars, and I did not speak up…
“Then they came for the guitars…”

Mary in LA on August 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Anybody else getting damn well and sick of living in Chicago? Anybody else feel they would rather eat a barrel of dog doo than ever vote for a Democrat? Is it just me?

Sekhmet on August 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I feel your pain, sister, out here in Godforsaken southern California. Pass the dog doo and the salt, please. :-(

Mary in LA on August 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I gots me a Fender American Strat with a set of Kinman “Woodstock” pickups. SWEEEEEEEET!!!

I guess Fender and Martin are protected by the Dems???
What about PRS? They’re made in Annapolis, right outside of DC???

shorebird on August 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Actually, there is more controversy in the use of Brazilian rosewood than the Indian variety. Brazilian is increasingly rare due to tighter export restrictions, but its use on sides and backs of acoustic guitar bodies makes for the ultimate in fuller sound. Two interesting pieces on the subject appeared in Acoustic Guitar magazine this year.

All About Brazilian Rosewood

Blackwoods: Comparable to Rosewood? (subscription required)

manwithblackhat on August 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Isn’t it nice that the US Government can rub out the competition for you?

They are better than al Qaeda, the Jamaican drug gangs, the Cosa Nostra-Mafia, the Tongs, the Golden Triangle, The Triads, the Yakuza, the Mexican mob, Hizbollah, Iran, Hamas, or just about anyone.

It is best to side with “The One,” the Messiah, Mister Hope and Change, unless you want your home, business, family, friends, clients, customers, et al, raided, harassed, and badgered by Obama and his mob of tramplers of the Constitution and violators of free enterprise, Freedom, and Liberty.

Now, give up your hard earned, and saved, money, possessions, the works, and allow The One to redistribute it to his devotees, including illegal invaders who tresspass across our borders and steal from legal citizens and their resources.

William2006 on August 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Selective enforcement of the law

how dreamy

what is the way out other than force if the Tea party gets rubbed out?

I don’t do subjugation well

Sonosam on August 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

So. . . on the basis of the raid on the Gibson plant, some enterprising lawyer should be able to sue C.F. Martin.

Let the lawsuits fly, choke them with their own Alinsky strategy.

Come’on, there’s gotta be some underemployed lawyers out there on our side.

Jason Coleman on August 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Aren’t there laws against his kind of harassment?
Gibson needs to sue!

Hey, I know, maybe Michelle needed another guitar for a gift. Cheaper than buying one.

JellyToast on August 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM

As a lifelong guitarman, I never liked those overpriced Martins.

ronsfi on August 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Wow, that guitar in the picture for this thread is $5k. Always wanted one, though.

chewydog on August 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I’ll bet Gibson makes a lot of money. Too much money. At some point I think you’ve made enough money.

a capella on August 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

So. . . on the basis of the raid on the Gibson plant, some enterprising lawyer should be able to sue C.F. Martin.

Let the lawsuits fly, choke them with their own Alinsky strategy.

Come’on, there’s gotta be some underemployed lawyers out there on our side.

Jason Coleman on August 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM

People need to fight back against this kind of crap! There is no other choice. You either fight back or you lose everything anyway… or you decide to be their slave and lick the dirt off their shoes the rest of your life!

JellyToast on August 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

In the event that it hasn’t been mentioned, The Lacey Act is a tool that they like to light a fire under every now and then. If you read it carefully, it takes agricultural cellulose products to the level of PETA.

If it has been mentioned – uh, sorry – doh!

ericdijon on August 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM

C.F. Martin uses the same “questionable” Indian rosewood in its guitars

Does it? Can you provide a citation for that one? Is the investigation into Gibson centered around a particular shipment or group of shipments that may have been mishandled, or is the investigation focused on ALL Indian rosewood imports?

ernesto on August 30, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Check their catalog. Unless they have already scrubbed it, they have several models that they advertise use the exact same wood.

Can you provide a citation that C.F. Martin’s wood was certified the same way as Gibson’s?

Just using Leftist “logic” on ya.

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM

As a lifelong guitarman, I never liked those overpriced Martins.

ronsfi on August 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Don’t they have a lifelong free repair guarantee though?

Del Dolemonte on August 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Privatize the trees and there will be plenty of rare woods.

AshleyTKing on August 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Maybe Gibson should relocate it’s manufacturing to Canada.

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

the market is drowning in cheap chinese made guitars- like everything else- so it makes sense most of the’ thou shall not kill’ type of trees are being sucked into that vortex. there’s one online site with factories in china that will custom make you any “brand” of guitar you would like. and the feds aren’t running in like mighty mouse to save all those precious fretboards from lives of oppression and drudgery. why no stopping the flood of rosewood necked guitars entering the country from china?

( so technically a crappy version of the thread pic can be had for a couple of hundred bucks from china, ordered from the comfort of your home.)

one wouldn’t want to be accused of supporting and creating NON-union jobs with republican supporting bosses, after all. that’s counter-revolutionary and causes global warming, killing off orphans and cuddly bunnies. how racist.

we should be encouraging the manufacture of hand made quality items here- and that does not de facto mean that one supports stripping the rainforest and killing off every elephant. what a fantastic art form- american luthiers are an important part of our cultural heritage . the point that they were not actually using illegally obtained wood seems to be lost on the drones that support such an obviously biased storm trooper shakedown. if bush had done it- how would you react? but in a society where a major portion of the youth play pieces of plastic along to video games instead of playing actual instruments- who really cares what skills and talents we’re losing with our freedoms as long as one can hold onto whatever donkey ass narrative furnishes one with a feeling of specialness and superiority- and renders one’s perceived adversary into a stupid evil tree killing nazi?

mittens on August 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Maybe Gibson should relocate it’s manufacturing to Canada.

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

That’s a good way to get away from the a-hole Obama, but not the greedy unions. Mexico is better.

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

That’s a good way to get away from the a-hole Obama, but not the greedy unions. Mexico is better.

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Fender did that years ago.

They have a plant in Mexico that makes their “entry level” models, and the American made models are more expensive and much higher build quality.

I still prefer Gibson Les Paul. It is the best on the planet for an electric, IMHO.

Brian1972 on August 31, 2011 at 12:11 AM

it is getting pretty obvious we are in the hands of a Thugrocracy with a smiley face fool and a lecturing pig that wants all the food for herself. Krauthammer said as much on O’Reilly tonight.

pat on August 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Wow. This Cloward Piven strategy is right on schedule. By next year, we’ll be the new Cuba.

adamsmith on August 31, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Some will say this is Chicago politics, I say it is the result of electing the most corrupt & lying P.O.S. to be President, it would be the same if he came from L.A. In the unlikely event he makes it a second term you can rest assured that things will get worse. Want to fix the economy, get jobs going, and get our credit rating back; fire Obama.

old war horse on August 31, 2011 at 1:57 AM

“If nothing else, this incident illustrates the misguided priorities of the Obama administration. Harassing American businesses on frivolous grounds is not exactly what our economy needs at the moment. But the anti-business Obama administration just can’t help itself.”

How about a just plain, hasseling Americans in the land of the free for crying out loud!!!! What kind of &*&^&*^*s**88 should any American have to put up with from this f**king totalitarian regime. We can’t speak, run our businesses, have a political deference??? You all have seen the disintegrating Black Caucus haven’t you?

There’re scared carp of not having anyone left on the plantation and THEY are bring up the race card and slaves and actually “hanging blacks.” yOU SORRY ASS mou7tr8934ther f978079kers. This Obama and his hoodlums are going down chumps. Going down.

auspatriotman on August 31, 2011 at 2:18 AM

Gibson has all the documentation and approval needed from the Indian gov’t to import the products they did. And our “gov’t” knows this…

Gohawgs on August 31, 2011 at 3:13 AM

♫…Ebony And Ivory…♫

Apparently either one can get you arrested.

infidel4life on August 31, 2011 at 3:53 AM

Fender factories have long since left American shores for Asia and Latin America. Of course, many other American Musical Instrument manufacturers have done the same.

Gibson is one of a few hold outs who have stubbornly resisted the temptation of less regulation, less taxation, and cheaper labor offered up by foreign shores. In spite of this, they are being punished by the Marxist in Chief and his minions of apparatchiks.

Yet we are supposed to believe his every waking moment is focused on job creation and the economy. Gibson is one of the good guys who still chooses to manufacture its’ product in America and employ American workers.

If this example doesn’t open the eyes of American “workers” then I don’t know what will. Jobs are not his focus, fundamentally transforming America into one of many dysfunctional Marxist regimes is his focus.

DeathB4Tyranny on August 31, 2011 at 4:50 AM

The only thing tempering this regime is the 2012 elections. If O-bots win a second term, liberty and the rule of law will have hell to pay.

petefrt on August 31, 2011 at 5:47 AM

OBAMA IS TEARING DOWN THE RULE OF LAW!

Sherman1864 on August 31, 2011 at 5:52 AM

The Gibson guitar that Obama gave as a gift, can it be proven that it was not one that was confiscated in the 2009 raid? Some one needs to check the DOJ inventory. Eric one of your guitars may be missing.

jpcpt03 on August 31, 2011 at 5:58 AM

How hard would it be for an investigative journalist to determine if the wood is procured the same way between the two companies? If they are, I’d say Gibson has a real shot at claiming harrassment.

hawkdriver on August 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Wouldn’t be hard if such an animal existed. It doesn’t. The “investigative journalists” are too busy sifting through Palin’s (now Perry’s) garbage looking for believable lies to be bothered with anything that might taint Turdboy’s image. After all, they all have those great-looking knee pads with O logos on them.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2011 at 6:05 AM

major scandal!

sesquipedalian on August 31, 2011 at 7:24 AM

If PBHO can pick and choose which stakeholders at Chrysler get paid (unions) and which get stiffed (bond holders) irrespective of the law then why not pick and choose which businesses to prosecute and which to give a pass?

MJBrutus on August 31, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Is Martin a union shop?

patrick neid on August 31, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Does it? Can you provide a citation for that one? Is the investigation into Gibson centered around a particular shipment or group of shipments that may have been mishandled, or is the investigation focused on ALL Indian rosewood imports?

ernesto on August 30, 2011 at 7:13 PM

From C.F. Martin’s own on-line catalog:

martinguitar.com/guitars/features/tonewood.html

Now shut up.

Trafalgar on August 31, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I’d buy a Rivera before either

Sonosam on August 31, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Is Martin a union shop?

patrick neid on August 31, 2011 at 8:40 AM

But of course!

Del Dolemonte on August 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I am in the market for a new acoustic guitar, but I gotta tell ya,

Martin >> Gibson for acoustic guitars. I guess my question is, where is Taylor in the political spectrum? They would be my next choice for an acoustic.

Goldenavatar on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM

If I get an acoustic/electric, Luna guitars are beautiful and for people that are more petite and delicate. Plus it has some kewl designs.

I am still disappointed that I didn’t bid on the $350 Gibson ukelele that has the autographs of the band Train.

Hey soul sister, ain’t that Mr. Mister on the radio?”

ProudPalinFan on August 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Wow, that guitar in the picture for this thread is $5k. Always wanted one, though.

chewydog on August 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Love it. Elvis had one, and it was quite relevant in the movie August Rush *swoon JRM!!*

ProudPalinFan on August 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Raiding political opponents while letting supporters off easy. That is indeed cronyism worthy of a banana republic . . . or of Chicago.

WannabeAnglican on August 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Fascism: Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”—that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it. (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.) Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities. Where socialism abolished money and prices, fascism controlled the monetary system and set all prices and wages politically. In doing all this, fascism denatured the marketplace. Entrepreneurship was abolished. State ministries, rather than consumers, determined what was produced and under what conditions.

Smells like Fascism to me.

IowaWoman on August 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

This is Obama’s big guitar solo. The left has dropped their LSD and are just grooving along with the belief their rainbow dreams will go on forever.

Guitargate
Fast and Furious
New Black Panther Party Voter intimidation
Kinston North Carolina ballot meddling
cash for clunkers

need I say more? I could, but I’m just too pissed to list them.

Black Adam on August 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Always been a Fender fan, but it’s clearly time to start supporting the Gibson brand.

The media identifies and investigates the lack of a parallel raid of Martin Guitars in 5…4… nah, not fooling anybody.

Freelancer on August 31, 2011 at 8:37 PM

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