The Federal Government is saying that Gibson could legally import finished fret boards instead of raw material that has been cut to the size of the neck of the guitar fret board.
This would mean that at least 40 people who are the highest skilled in the world would lose their jobs at Gibson.
Not only would this mean people would lose the ability to care for their families.. it could mean the last and best craftsmen do not pass their skills on to new generations.
Here is a portion of their letter see the link below to read more.
We are writing today on behalf of the music products industry to express deep frustration over a regulation that is impacting music products manufacturers as well as retailers and owners of musical instruments in the U.S.
The recent high profile raid (multiple federal agencies with automatic weapons) of Gibson Guitars, a leading NAMM member company in Tennessee, compounded with the slow response on needed guidance for compliance that we have been seeking has created fear and uncertainty for all those involved in the manufacturing, distribution and retailing of instruments and increasingly, artists and owners of musical instruments.
The Lacey Act was first enacted in 1900 and amended most recently in May of 2008 to include criminal liability for importing, owning, transporting or selling plant material that is illegally harvested.
Read More At their Website NAMM.org