Constructed using woods that were seized by the Feds, then returned once there was a resolution and the investigation ended, this radical Government Series II Explorer makes the perfect memento of an infamous time in Gibson history. And it’s a fierce performer in its own right.t.
Light-years ahead of its time when Gibson unleashed the first Explorer in 1958, this innovative guitar has always given the gift of exploration to the most adventurous rockers. The Government Series II thoroughly embodies—and modernizes—that spirit. The stylishly angular Explorer body is made from solid mahogany, then 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 Explorer 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.
But the Government Series II Explorer’s power is far more than just visual, and it’s a righteously rockin’ tone machine ready to do your bidding. Aided by a pair of Dirty Fingers+ pickups, among the hottest humbuckers Gibson has ever produced, this historic Explorer is ready and willing to tear it up big time—and to get you noticed 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—those are just some reasons why you’ll want to seize this stellar Explorer immediately to explore a world of revolutionary tone. The Government Series II is limited by the availability of qualifying woods, so commandeer yours now from your authorized Gibson USA dealer.
Body and Neck
The Government Series II Explorer is crafted in the image of the original Explorer and made from solid mahogany, a tonewood acclaimed for its natural resonance and depth. The glued-in mahogany neck features a fast, comfortable ’60s profile, while the unbound fingerboard—with a Corian™ nut, 22 frets and simple dot inlays—is made from solid rosewood returned to Gibson by the US government. As a final touch, 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 independent volume controls, a master tone control, and a 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 a the black pickguard is hot-stamped in gold with the Government Series eagle graphic.
Cases and Coverage
The Government Series II Explorer 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.