Friday, January 31, 2014

Gibson takes it to the Man!

Gibson Guitars, which recently tangled with the federal government over some of the wood used in its products, has come out with the Government Series II Les Paul :
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.
Speaking of classics, a, er, friend of mine recently purchased a Colt 1991 Government model semi-automatic pistol. Built on the traditional Colt 1911 platform, it’s all blued steel, complemented with deluxe checkered rosewood grips. This fine-looking weapon is chambered in the deadly accurate .38 super caliber, and comes with two 9-round magazines. It’s a great addition to the armory.

My friend’s armory, that is. Not mine. His.


JeffS said...

I like the Colt 1991 series -- a fine upgrade of the classic 1911.

Not that I own one, of course. It's just that I've fired those owned by friends. In .45 caliber, no less. Wowsa, accurate!

bruce said...

Someone noticed that the 'Govt' Gibson's khaki colour seems to be saying something.

What they went through is just wrong, and 10 years ago I would not have believed such things could possibly happen in the US.

rinardman said...

...this is one mighty Les Paul that you’ll want to confiscate quickly and turn to your own creative devices.


It's nice to see them laugh, and profit, despite the interference from the almighty government.

Anonymous said...

Deborah....Good for Gibson! Classy response to a despicable act.

Good for your friend, Paco. Maybe he will invite you and Mrs. Paco to the range. After all, what are friends for.

RebeccaH said...

Is that Gibson's subtle middle finger to the government? If so, bravo!

Congrats on your, er, friend's purchase, Paco.

Paco said...

Rebecca: I love him as I love myself.

rinardman said...

I love him as I love myself.

Sounds like a good excuse..umm...I mean, reason to buy him a gun, or two.

After all, he does deserve it, right?

Paco said...

No man deserves it so well.

Jonah said...

No doubt your friends purchase was duly recorded by an FFS(do I have that right?) compliant dealer so that your friends purchase can be subject to a future confiscation.

Paco said...

You'd be surprised how the pace of firearms thefts picks up when there's a threat of confiscation.

JeffS said...

Depends on state law, Jonah; some do, some don't. But the ATF tries to maintain a national gun registry, in violation of Federal law, under the guise of "criminal investigations".

The process is haphazard, though, considering all of the FFL dealers out there. So the database is not comprehensive.

And it's amazing how many guns are stolen, or lost while fishing.