Gibson Got (Illegal) Wood? The Environmental Concern.

The guitar world is overloaded with news from Gibson these days! Here is one rather controversial  revealed a few days ago… Gibson is under investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to find out whether the illegally imported and used endangered species of rosewood from Madagascar (via).  To avoid any conflict, Henry Juszkiewicz (Gibson CEO) even took a leave from the board of the Rainforest Alliance environmental group. Gibson had a lead role in urging the music instrument industry to use sustainable wood products so they are taking this seriously. They claim regular trades with regular suppliers. Fair enough, but this could be the weakness of Gibson. What if a supplier fails them.

My humble opinion:

I knew it!! I knew that some extreme fans wouldn’t forgive Gibby for the Gibson Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster fiasco… But I was not expecting some of ’em to be federal agents!! Reveeeenge!!

Joking aside, this re-opened a reflection I had in mind for a couple of months. I even wanted to share it through the blog. I didn’t yet because I didn’t want to talk up a storm or make you think I am a sort of environmental nerd extremist (I have to confess that I am not, and I hate the green-washing fashion of certain industries)

What is the impact of musical instruments manufacturing on the environment? Is there a sustainable way to do?

Promise, I will bring that topic on the blog (but I’ll have to finalize some research and articles before)… If you already have an opinion to share about this, be my guest and speak your mind in the comments below.

About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.


  1. Bon ca se comprend que l’on prenne garde des espèces protégées mais je ne pense pas sérieusement que la fabrication des guitares soit le responsable principal des déforestations :o( Faudrait plutôt regarder aileurs notamment dans les pays ou il y a de l’or et ou l’abbatge des arbres et la pollution à base de mercure (servant a amalguammer l’Or) va bon train !

  2. Oui évidemment que la production de guitares n’est pas responsable de la déforestation… Mais en fait je me pose la question de façon un peu plus large vraiment sur l’impact environnemental de la production d’instrument de musique, les choix opéré par les industries:
    – bois issus d’exploitations dédiée
    – abandon de certaines matières (bois rares, ivoire,…) au profit d’autres matières de synthèse.
    – véritable intérêt de ces matières alternatives (est-ce que produire une guitare en fibre de je-ne-sais-quoi est plus inoffensif pour l’environnement qu’un instrument en bois de bidule)

    En me lisant, je me dis que ça pourrait faire le sujet d’un blog dédié dis-donc… 🙂

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