Gibson Guitar Government Series issued - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Les Paul guitar celebrates Gibson's history

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(WMC-TV) - Do you want to make music on a piece of history? Gibson Guitars may have just the collector's item for you. The company is issuing a brand new Les Paul Guitar that looks back at two Gibson raids, one in Nashville in 2009 and one in Memphis in August 2011.

During both raids, federal agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife were concerned the company was making guitars from endangered wood harvested from Madagascar's National Forest. The company denied any wrongdoing and was unhappy with how the government handled the ordeal.

In August 2012, Gibson agreed to pay a $300,000 fine effectively ending the investigation, and investigators returned confiscated materials to the company. From that wood, the company crafted Government II Series Les Paul guitars; each one celebrating a unique moment in the guitar maker's history.

These special edition instruments can be purchased for $1,099.

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