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