Gibson Government Series Gibson gets its wood back

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by tele12, Feb 18, 2013.

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  1. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    Explorer looks good. I wonder if the emblem is applied or engraved ?

    If I was interested in one, I'd have to think twice about an applied one. gibson put an applied floral pattern on the J-150 acoustics pick guard instead of the engraved one as on the J-200, and it wore off, except for the center of the flowers. That left a polka dot guard. :neutral:
     
  2. Delta Blues

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    Explorer is my fav Gibson.
     
  3. Nick JD

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    I love that logo! Classic.
     
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    Gibson Government Series Les Paul Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
    Maximum sustain from mahogany body and maple top

    Slim Taper neck for uber-playability

    Dirty Fingers + pickups deliver the aggressive sound of hard rock
     
  5. Jeranhound

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    The SG looks nice enough, but the color doesn't do it for me on the others. Especially the back of the neck being that same grey. Ew.
     
  6. Dan R

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    It reminds me of the old joke, He's so boring, his favorite color is grey.

    Good for Gibby. Like the Isley brothers say, fight the Power!

    No thanks on grey guitars though.

    Dan R
     
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    Not really my taste, but these are statement guitars, and I like the statement.

    +1
     
  8. Joe Sailor

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    That was LOL funny.
     
  9. Cat MacKinnon

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    that was my thought. the wood the government seized wasn't particularly special; it was taken because Gibson (or their supplier, everyone's still blaming someone else) tried to skirt import rules. it seems kind of a silly grab for cache (and cash.)

    "Each Gibson Government Series Les Paul guitar includes...a Certificate of Authenticity hand signed by Henry Juszkiewicz."

    aaaand there it is. does anyone else get the impression that Henry "Norlin Part II" J. thinks Gibson is his personal narcissism fulfillment factory these days, rather than a guitar company?
     
  10. big country

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    kinda leaves a warm and fuzzy for manufacturing in the USA. to be pushed one way and triumph in another
     
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    I would like to have seen the profits used for Forrest protection... I hope there is plenty of rosewood for the next generations instruments
     
  12. Jack FFR1846

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    I'm no expert, but I thought that essentially the Indian government agreed that the wood was properly exported, then the feds swooped in and said "no it's not" and started their dance with the Drama Llama.
     
  13. Mike Eskimo

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    Henry and the rest of those dopes should be in prison simply for dragging down the Gibson name w/ their crap product over the years.

    Compare Gibson to a lot of guitar companies nowadays and they look pretty good.

    Compare them to the Gibson company of about 1962 and they look like toy manufacturers w/ a bad paint department...
     
  14. Teletubbi

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    "Compare Gibson to a lot of guitar companies nowadays and they look pretty good."

    Compared with Fender? who now with all seriousness, puts a amp logo on the dashboard of a Volkswagen with a Panasonic stereo and says its 'music by fender' with the famous fender sound.
    wow Im impressed, whats next? Clapton 'inspired' special VW Beetles with custom shop prices?

    Its getting hard to take fender or gibson seriously any more.
     
  15. stevieboy

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    Gibson accepted a settlement where they admitted they didn't adequately insure the wood was legal, and paid a fine. The government for its part didn't pursue any criminal charges. But Gibson was not vindicated. IMO it was a fair resolution, and left Gibson to keep making guitars and employing Americans.

    If you get your car towed and pay the fine, you get it back, too. Some of your friends will treat you like a martyr to the establishment, others will think that if you parked it illegally you deserved to get it towed.
     
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    If your LP is hard to play for more than 4 hours , call your Doctor !
     
  17. Cat MacKinnon

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    meh, most of the big-name music companies have been doing cross-promotion like that for decades. it's nothing new, and even PRS and other perceived "high end" companies have gotten in on the action too. not saying it's necessarily good or bad, just that it's certainly not a restricted to recent history. i think Gibson has been the worst by far over the past several years though: it seems like Henry J. will stick the Gibson name on anything and everything he can these days (and buy up random companies, hence my calling him "Norlin II".) i don't really see a problem with the cross-promotion stuff, although some of the pairings have been fairly ridiculous (the VW/Fender thing was a little dumb, but there was more to that promotion than just the car stereo.)
     
  18. Mike Eskimo

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    Look - I'm quoting myself !

    The second part of what I said was the actual point. "Fender of today" comes off looking waaaaayyy better in a direct comparison w/ "golden era Fender" than Gibson does in a similar comparison.

    To get a Strat today that compares well with a '59 Strat you don't have to spend that much.

    To get a Les Paul today that compares well with a '59 Paul you have to spend a lot more.

    Especially considering how close in price Strats and Paul's were back then.
     
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    Times really have changed: Gibson has there own Lawsuit models now.
     
  20. goldtopper

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    Great name for a new model- the Gibson Priapism.
     
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