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Senior national correspondent John Roberts has a follow up to a report He brought us last month.
UBS news what -- 101000 dollar guitar sounds like.
It's one of about a dozen that master Lou -- Dave Berkowitz makes each year.
This crap now threatened after the raid on Gibson guitars declared much of the -- He uses to be illegal.
I use the exact same ebony.
And -- finger boards.
That were confiscated it.
In August that -- across the industry now anxiety that anyone who uses Indian rosewood are ebony is at risk of losing jobs even their business.
Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is critical of the federal raid against Gibson.
Many people look at -- us and say.
If it happened to get some could it happen to me.
The feds say Indian rosewood and ebony finger board blanks are raw materials and illegal under 2008 amendment to the lacy yet.
But the Indian government says they are finished product and allows their free export.
The industry has lost in the fog of contradiction in confusion.
These things are realized every guitar dealer George -- and has a different problem.
The Lacey act requires extensive permits in paperwork to export vintage instruments many of which contain long banned materials like elephant ivory.
The cost to comply is killing Bruins export business.
For us to -- import or export.
Vintage American instruments has become so cumbersome that in many cases it's just simply not worth it.
Frustration with the Lacey act is boiling over.
Damaging to our industry and the economy wrote the national association of music merchants in a letter to President Obama and congress.
-- -- Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander says the industry may be right.
He cosponsored the Lacey act amendment and says it might need fixing.
It's my responsibility particularly as the Tennessee senator.
To look at the law and say is it hurting our musicians is it hurting our manufacturers is does it have an unintended side consequences -- it does try to change.
Guitar maker Dave Berkowitz believes -- entire artisan class is at risk that and national prestige.
America invented the modern guitar and build an entire history of music on.
The old American songbook is founded on this steel string acoustic guitar.
And that industry is currently threatened by the Lacey act.
And as the guitar industry waits for the outcome of a criminal investigation of Gibson Gibson attorneys held their first meetings with prosecutors today sources say.
It was a cordial meeting lasted about two hours time nothing really of any significance came of it and they Gibson we'll ask for a second meeting with prosecutors Janet.
All right John Roberts live from Atlanta thanks John.
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