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Gibson Government Series II Explorer Electric Guitar wCase

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Product Description

A historical piece that is both meant to be played and collected! The Government Series II Explorers feature the rosewood fingerboards that were taken from the Gibson factory in Nashville by the US government during their raid in August of 2011. The wood was eventually returned to Gibson and is now featured on this fantastic, extremely limited instrument!

As a perfect complement tonally, this electric guitar uses Dirty Fingers + humbuckers, which is an upgrade on one of the two most powerful pickup designs Gibson has produced. The Government Series II Explorer will bring joy to players and collectors alike for years to come.

Product Specifications
Gibson Government Series II Explorer Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany 60’s dimensions
  • Fingerboard: Government returned rosewood
  • Hardware: Black Chrome Grovers with TOM and stop bar
  • Electronics: Dirty Fingers+ pickups
  • Plastics: Black pickguards with Government series logo hot stamped in gold
  • Case: Black Hardshell case
  • Special Notes: Includes Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by CEO  
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
Ess2thamufugginKay from Central Fla
Not a fan of the Dirty Fingers+ pickups
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I'm comparing this guitar to the 2007 '68RI Explorer I also own and play. The Gov't series has Dirty Fingers+ (DF+) PUs. The '68RI has 498T and 500T PUs. Other than the color and the "Government Series" logo on the pickguard, that's the only difference between the two. The DF+ PUs are overwound by what I'd call too much. they are muddy and have too much midrange compared to their bass and treble response. They work OK for barre chords but are not articulate enough for arpeggios. Think Motorhead "I Got Mine" - you can't hear the single string accents in the melody when you play it on this guitar because it's soooo mid-heavy. Output is so high that it saturates the tubes on my 5W Fender Champion 600 at any volume setting over "1". If you want a clean tone with a tube amp, pick another guitar.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Top notch Gibson build quality. No complaints. I was in Nashville when the G-Men raided the Gibson factory. Shortly thereafter I bought a '68RI Flying V with a Toasted Maple fretboard because I'll be damned if Gibson is going to suffer that sort of B/S. Once Gibson offered the Gov't Series, I figured the least I could do was reaffirm my pledge.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
It's an Explorer, so the balance and stretch are as good as possible. Playability is awesome. Tone... not so much.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
PUs are too overwound and midrangy for my taste. 498T/500T is a better choice.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Gov't Tan Satin finish was excellent.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
$1000 for a 1 of 300 collectible guitar is a good deal.
How was the action out of the box?
Playability was good out of the box. I like really low action, like Carvin low. It took some tweaking but I dialed it in. It has screaming fast action now.
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