Gibson managed to survive its ordeal with the government. I missed news reports on this, if there were any. Anyhow, Gibson is now producing a “Government Series II Les Paul” model in celebration.
Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville—only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended—it was an event worth celebrating. Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.
I am neither promoting or recommending Gibson or their product(s), nor am I opposed. I am not affiliated with Gibson in any way. This is just a story about the government punishing its political enemies. I am happy to see people thrive in spite of the government.