Pry this guitar from my cold, dead fingers

Of the many problems facing America, it’s hard to say where “a guitarless society” ranks on the list.

But, it’s a real fear in the guitar community, PBS NewsHour reports.

It stems from the August raid of Nashville’s iconic Gibson Guitar factory, because investigators think the wood used in the guitars was made from illegally logged wood, and the Lacey Act prohibits the illegal trade of plant products.

Owners and collectors of Gibson guitars are worried that the feds could similarly seize their instruments.

A couple of members of Congress have filed legislation to prevent that.

“Everybody and their bassist wants this,” said Stephen George, press secretary for Rep.Jim Cooper, providing both an assurance to musicians and the political quote of the year for the rest of us.

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