This is the rebel that literally fought the powers-that-be—and celebrates an infamous moment in this legendary guitar maker’s history, when the Feds confiscated stocks of precious tonewoods from the Nashville factory. Powerful, unique, and a bold statement for any revolutionary rocker, the Government Series II SG uses the wood that the Feds ultimately returned to Gibson once there was a resolution and the investigation ended.
The SG was always a radical Gibson rocker right from the start, and the Government Series II takes it all up a notch. The SG’s iconic asymmetrical double-horned body is made from solid mahogany just like the originals from the early ’60s onward, but is dressed in a distinctive vintage-gloss Government Tan finish, complemented by black-chrome hardware, black plastics, and a pickguard hot stamped in gold with the Government Series II graphic—a bald eagle hoisting a confiscated Gibson guitar neck. Each Government Series II SG also includes a genuine piece of Gibson USA history: a solid rosewood fingerboard, made from wood returned to Gibson by the US government after the resolution.
On top of all this, the Government Series II SG is a pure and powerful tone machine. Aided by a pair of Dirty Fingers+ pickups, among the hottest humbuckers Gibson has ever produced, this historic SG is ready and willing to wage war on timid tone—and to get you heard in the process! Add a set of high-quality Grover™ tuners, a black hardshell case, a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, and legendary Gibson quality and craftsmanship: this is one scorching SG that you’ll want to seize immediately to turn to your own creative devices. The Government Series II is limited by the availability of qualifying woods, so secure yours now from your authorized Gibson USA dealer.
Body and Neck
The Government Series II SG is crafted in the image of the original SG Standard and made from solid mahogany, a tonewood acclaimed for its natural resonance and depth. The glued-in mahogany neck, with a comfortably rounded late-’50s profile, Corian™ nut, 22 frets and simple dot inlays, features an unbound fingerboard made from solid rosewood returned to Gibson by the US government. And the guitar looks superb with its unique Government Tan finish in vintage-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.
Pickups and Electronics
The guitar carries a pair of Gibson’s super-hot Dirty Fingers+ pickups for maximum rock action. Among the most powerful humbuckers Gibson has ever produced, these will drive your amp of choice into über-crunch and singing lead tones, while cleaning up beautifully for subtler moments. They’re mounted “open coil” with no covers, and wired through the traditional four-knob control section with three-way selector switch.
A classic Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece anchor it all down for outstanding resonance and sustain, while Grover™ tuners represent a significant upgrade up top—all plated in black chrome. Plastics are all black, and the black pickguard is hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series eagle graphic.
Cases and Coverage
The Government Series II SG comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service, the package includes a truss-rod wrench, owner’s manual, and a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.