guitar en Gibson guitar settles criminal case over exotic wood imports "After years maintaining innocence," <a href="" target="_blank">as Nashville Public Radio says</a>, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.<p>NPR's Carrie Johnson tells our Newscast Desk that "it's a crime to bring endangered plants and wood into the U.S. if the materials are protected under the laws of other countries. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:40:47 +0000 Mark Memmott 4262 at Gibson guitar settles criminal case over exotic wood imports Charlie Hunter grooves through town <p><a href="">Charlie Hunter</a> hasn't used his famous 8-string&nbsp;bass-guitar hybrid&nbsp;for&nbsp;some three years now. &nbsp; These days, it's seven strings. &nbsp;He's got&nbsp;the low three of a bass and the middle four of a guitar,&nbsp;all tuned a minor&nbsp;third higher than normal.&nbsp; He happily abandoned the highest string&nbsp;in favor of a more condensed and practical&nbsp;version of his one-of-a-kind instrument.&nbsp; He may be practicing more drums than guitar nowadays anyway. His 2nd solo album, <a href=";Category_Code=CHUNTER-CD"><em>Public Domain</em></a>, is highly percussive.&nbsp;Released on his own label, <em>Public Domain </em>kicks the dust off eleven old standards from his grandfather's era, who turns one hundred this year.</p><p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:11:44 +0000 Aaron Doerr 370 at Charlie Hunter grooves through town