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Gibson Government Series V

Postby ioneater » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:39 pm

Picked this up in pristine condition. Still had the plastic on the pickguard. Speaking of pickguard......it's odd having one on a V after so much time on Kiesel's version. I like having a volume for each pickup. Had to take some bow out of the neck and lower the action from the stratosphere, all pretty easy to do. The dirty fingers pups are a nice addition to my lineup of tones. Very friendly playing harmonics and they don't muddy up when I back the volume down. The only thing they're missing is the ability to split the coils.....Kiesel has spoiled me there! I love the "primer" tan finish. It's pretty thin, the grain can be seen when up close.
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:55 pm

SB nitro right, vs the ever-poly Carvin-Kiesel finish.

Either way, cool score. I loves me some Gibson V's.
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby skully13a » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:43 pm

Right on! 8) Looks like it's found a good home. :applause:
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby Naked Ape » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:41 pm

Congrats!! Those are cool guitars.
The Dirty Fingers + are nice pickups. Hot. I've been looking for another set. (it seems that there are Chinese counterfeits) (don't want that garbage)
The paint is thin and has that silky feel, but not the most durable. That's okay though. I like it.
Does your Gov't confiscated Rosewood have that reddish color? I had the Explorer version, and the Rosewood was really red, almost maroon(red wine) in some light. Really 'Rad' ....I mean Red. :lol:
Here are a few pics of mine. (formerly mine)
Enjoy that one.......Great tone!!!! :applause:
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby ioneater » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:49 am

Ape, it sure does have a red hue to it. That's the first thing I noticed when I cracked the case open.
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby ilyti » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:16 pm

That is one mean V. I have "Livin' After Midnight" immediately playing in my head when I saw it. What was your go-to song?

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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby ioneater » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:42 pm

Crazy Train!

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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:00 pm

ioneater wrote:Ape, it sure does have a red hue to it. That's the first thing I noticed when I cracked the case open.


It's pretty amazing how much rosewood can vary in hue. The Brazillain Rosewood on the Viking I took in last week is so dark from certain angles that I thought it was ebony like the old Swedes and Supers... but it was only by examining the grain structure and seeing that rosewood-esque loosness and subtle vertical "pitting" that all rosewood tends to give out around the grain (and also seeing it from different angles in different light) that it became clear that my background info on the model in general was applicable here.

And then of course when I plugged it in and it had that smokiness in the tone and especially on bends, very evident in the neck pickup, that it became more obvious.

Here you'd think absolutely ebony (and this isn't a photo effect, it can look absolutely this dark in person):
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But then you handle the guitar, change the angles, and there's no mistaking that it's rosewood--
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby Bob77 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:38 pm

that's a really cool guitar!
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby ioneater » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:43 pm

Bob77 wrote:that's a really cool guitar!


Ya know, that's really what I thought when I saw it listed. I'd never played a Gibson V before this one arrived at the door. The subdued tan color reminds me of what we used in wear in places far far away in my former career :wink:
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:54 pm

:applause:

For a split second I thought that was a Huey... (And I've always wanted a Gibson V, and this isn't helping).
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby Bob77 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:13 pm

ioneater wrote:
Bob77 wrote:that's a really cool guitar!


Ya know, that's really what I thought when I saw it listed. I'd never played a Gibson V before this one arrived at the door. The subdued tan color reminds me of what we used in wear in places far far away in my former career :wink:


Afghanistan?

Those guitars play surprisingly well. I have always enjoyed Albert King's music. Really amazing how he played the blues with an upside flying V (lefty style) with the strings upside down too!

Really like the color in yours.
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Re: Gibson Government Series V

Postby ioneater » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:30 am

The bridge height messes with my picking technique. I'm used to the recessed style on Kiesels and usually rest my pinky on the guitar. This one is a lot further away from the body and I'm slowly adjusting to it. Part of the fun!
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