Gibson Unveils 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard
Gibson Unveils 20th Anniversary Nighthawk
A modern classic comes of age as Gibson celebrate two
decades of the three-pickup electric with the release of the
20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard.
Unveiled to the guitar world in 1993, the Nighthawk has
established itself as a "modern classic" in the Gibson stable over
the course of 20 years of powerful, versatile performance, while
winning legions of fans in the process. To celebrate this highly
evolved marriage of Gibson innovation and tradition, Gibson USA
introduces the 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard. This guitar is
packed with the clever design features that made the instrument
such a winner originally, and dressed worthy of a true
showpiece-making it a guitar you will be proud to own and play for
The 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard retains all the
distinctive ingredients that make this unique breed of Gibson so
special, including the 25 ½" scale length for firm lows and chiming
highs, the comfortable body contours, through-body stringing and
unique Nighthawk bridge, and the superb versatility of a trio of
different yet complementary pickups, with push-pull coil splitting
for the bridge pickup. A high-gloss nitrocellulose finish in your
choice of Antique Natural or Fireburst over a gorgeous figured
Grade-AAA maple top, deluxe split parallelogram fingerboard inlays,
gold-hardware, and a truss-rod cover hot-stamped in gold with
"Nighthawk 20th Anniversary" all make this an extra special
addition to the proud line.
Body and Neck
The 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard's body follows the
Nighthawk's stylized take on Gibson's legendary Les Paul, with a
scaled-down body with deeper cutaway, and ribcage contour for
enhanced playing comfort. Its top is made from figured Grade-AAA
maple, and its back is solid mahogany. A solid, quarter-sawn
mahogany neck with a 25 ½" scale length is glued into the body and
carved in a comfortably rounded profile that measures 0.818" at the
1st fret and 0.963" at the 12th. The guitar has a bound fingerboard
made from solid Grade-A rosewood, inlaid with split parallelogram
position markers. A Corian™ nut cut on Gibson's computer-controlled
PLEK helps to ensure optimum sustain and precise intonation.
Pickups and Electronics
Much of the 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard's unparalleled
versatility is found in its trio of different yet complementary
pickups. The Nighthawk Mini-Humbucker in the neck position offers a
rich, throaty growl, but with plenty of definition; an NSX
Nighthawk Single-Coil in the middle offers both snappy funk tones
and thumping midrange; and the Nighthawk Lead Humbucker in the
bridge position yields tones from mammoth crunch to articulate,
singing lead sounds. Just pop up the tone control's push-pull
switch to tap brighter single-coil sounds, and blend myriad
combinations of these with the five-way switch. Master tone and
volume controls make on-the-fly adjustments a breeze.
Hardware and Plastics
Through-body stringing and a rock-solid Nighthawk bridge lend
superb resonance and massive sustain to this high-concept guitar.
The bridge, strap buttons, and vintage-style "Gibson Deluxe" tuners
are all gold-plated, as are the pickup's mounting rings and the
neck pickup cover. Amber "top-hat" knobs lend an air of Gibson
tradition, and the guitar wears no pickguard to obscure the beauty
of its highly figured top.
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