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A unique SG with an amazing history.
When federal agents raided Gibson in 2011 to seize stocks of ebony and rosewood that they claimed were in violation of the Lacey Act, they also took away several completed necks and bodies made largely from wood that was uncontested. Now that the Federal charges have been dropped, in a deal agreed between Gibson and the Justice Department, several partially completed neck and body blanks have been returned to the factory, ready to be incorporated into Gibson USA’s new Government Series, a wry celebration of an infamous moment in Gibson history.
The Government Series SGs—which are powerful and superbly playable guitars in and of themselves—include a number of completed necks and entire rough guitars, all still stamped with the 2011 serial numbers they were given before being taken away by federal agents. Interspersed among the general production run of the Government Series, the confiscated and returned components will be “golden tickets” of a sort, rendering these particular guitars instantly collectible. Regardless of whether the entire guitar, or just the fingerboard was seized, each wears a commemorative Government Grey finish in vintage gloss nitrocellulose, with black hardware, and a five-ply black pickguard that is hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series emblem. In addition, each guitar carries a pair of Gibson’s powerful Dirty Fingers+ humbucking pickups, and the full traditional SG pedigree for unparalleled tone and playability.
The Government Series SG is built on the same classic foundation of tonewood and design that has made the SG Standard legendary since 1961. Its solid-mahogany body offers superb depth and warmth, and the iconic asymmetrical double-cutaway design allows unparalleled upper-fret access, while its light weight and beveled body edge make it extremely comfortable to play. A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued in and carved to an extremely comfortable rounded SG profile. It is topped with an unbound fingerboard made from genuine, one-piece rosewood, with 22 medium-jumbo frets and acrylic dot inlays. Classic Gibson construction ensures optimum playability, too, along with traditional specs like a 24 ¾” scale length, a 1 11/16” width across the PLEK-cut Corian™ nut, and a 12-inch fingerboard radius for smooth, easy bending.
The Government Series SG’s aggressive looks are backed up in the tone department by a pair of legendary Dirty Fingers+ humbuckers, one of the two most powerful pickup designs Gibson has ever. Made with three Ceramic 8 magnets and over-wound coils packed with 44 AWG wire, the Dirty Fingers+ humbucker provides unfathomable crunch and unparalleled sustain. A traditional two volume, two tone control section features complementary black Top Hat knobs, and the guitar’s Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and Grover™ tuners are all plated in black.
Each guitar comes protected in a special olive green Government Series hardshell case, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity hand signed by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, an owner’s manual, adjustment literature and truss-rod tool.
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