British guitarists should brace themselves for bad news just announced in London. For a period of many, many years, they will have great difficulty buying any American-brand guitars. The government is having money troubles and has come up with a series of import controls to try to put things right.
OK, relax. This did really happen—but it was way back in the ’40s and ‘50s. Just imagine how you’d feel, though. I mean, American guitars. Fenders, Gibsons, Martins, Gretsches, Guilds—all the big names—and none of them available. For years and years. Some have since described this debacle as an import ban that cut through much of the ‘50s. In fact, the scarcity of new American instruments in the UK lasted more or less from the end of World War II until 1959.
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