Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville—only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended—it was an event worth celebrating. Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.
From its solid mahogany body with modern weight relief for enhance resonance and playing comfort, to its carved maple top, the Government Series II Les Paul follows the tradition of the great Les Paul Standards—but also makes a superb statement with its unique appointments. A distinctive vintage-gloss Government Tan finish, complemented by black-chrome hardware and black plastics and trim, is topped by a pickguard that’s hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series graphic—a bald eagle hoisting a Gibson guitar neck. Each Government Series II Les Paul also includes a genuine piece of Gibson USA history in its solid rosewood fingerboard, which is made from wood returned to Gibson by the US government after the resolution.I don't really like color scheme, but he price ain't too bad for a Les Paul, only $1099 for a "basic" version. Too bad I'm not worthy.
It's amusing that Gibson is using it's troubles with the Obama administration to sell a new guitar line. If you may remember, the administration came after Gibson for importing unfinished wood from India and Madagascar, allegedly in violation of the Lacey Act, which forbids the importation of materials from "endangered" species.
Previous posts on the Gibson guitars kerfuffle:
Feds Raid Gibson Guitars
Update on Gibson Guitar Grab
The Rally for Gibson
Tennesse Lawmakers Propose "Gibson Owners Protection"
Are You Resigned to the Mexi Paul?
Feds Promise Not to Persecute Guitar Owners
Gibson Gives In