Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Peeling Back the Bark on the Gibson Guitar Wood Story

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Scott Poynton brings us this thoughtful piece looking behind the scenes of the music manufacturing industry.  He raises a good point that while we are all concerned about the possible misuse of government power or overreach of government regulation in the case of Gibson Guitar company, there are bigger problems hiding just around the corner.  I have been following the Gibson Guitar company saga (find the stories here) for several months now and Mr. Poynton is correct that nobody ever mentions that regardless of who makes the guitar parts, there is a rapidly diminishing supply of 'tone woods' that are used to make musical instruments.  I agree with him that the music companies that need this wood really ought to make a more combined and concerted effort to ensure the survival of  the trees that make this wood.  Gibson Guitar company may be right in resisting the "nanny" state, but it should take more proactive steps to secure its future.      

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