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Gibson Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Custom Electric Guitar (with Case)

Three different pickups, and the unique body shape of the Nighthawk make for a versatile and inspiring electric guitar. (3) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
AAA-grade flamed maple top Deep wood grain for striking visual appeal
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone

Product Description

The Gibson 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard Guitar celebrates the traditional yet innovative guitar Gibson first introduced in 1993. Gibson loads this beautiful instrument with all the features that has made the Nighthawk a favorite among Gibson fans. These features on the 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard include a 25.5-inch scale length for firm lows and chiming highs, comfortable Nighthawk body contours, through-body stringing and a unique Nighthawk bridge.

Additionally, Gibson USA loads this limited edition guitar with a trio of different yet complementary pickups, with push-pull coil splitting for the bridge pickup. A high-gloss nitrocellulose finish 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- make this the most head-turning Nighthawk yet!

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 25.5-inch scale length is glued into the body and carved in a comfortably rounded profile.

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

Gibson made sure the 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard has unparalleled versatility thanks to its trio of 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.

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.

Features:

- Mahogany body with figured Grade-AAA maple top
- Mahogany neck with comfortable rounded profile
- Rosewood fingerboard with split parallelogram inlays
- Mini-Humbucker in the neck, a NSX Nighthawk Single-Coil in the middle and a Nighthawk Lead Humbucker in the bridge position
- Vintage-style 'Gibson Deluxe' tuners with 14:1 ratio

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: AAA flame maple
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Bound rosewood split parallelogram
- Electronics: Mini Humbucker, Single Coil and tapped Burstbucker slanted to enhance single coil tone
- Hardware: Gold Vintage style key
- Case: Hardshell Limited Edition
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "An Amazing Gibson"
Overall: I didn't know what to expect with this weird bird, but was blown away. I play Gibson SGs and Fenders (Telecaster and Strat), so I got the "hybrid" concept. It pays off, with the string tension/playability of the Fender scale with a Gibson 12" radius neck. The profile is a bit chunky but the neck is narrow, so overall it's fast and comfortable. Oh, Gibson site specs are/were wrong on the nut: it is 1 5/8. The string spacing is like a Mexi Fender. Setup on this guitar took me some time. They use a Strat like bridge but the relief angle on the neck is Les Paul-ish! Also, the bridge pickup needs to be cranked down or else you get lousy intonation and buzz on the low E. Once you dial it in, though, the guitar is a lot of fun to play. Fast, and with amazing versatility. I really like the mini-hum in the neck and (surprisingly), the hot single coil in the middle, which really "leads the band" in single coil playing. The bridge pickup design really works, with the angled form combining with alnico 2 and 5 magnets to provide nice defined lows, mids and highs. The coil splitting feature allows you to play a very wide range of styles and tones without switching guitars. No, it won't replace your Tele and Strat, but you can play "tele and strat" songs without embarassing yourself. Mine is really well made, and the wood and finish are stunning. The top has a dimensional effect, sort of like water when viewed at an angle. The binding is nice, and it was the last year of nibs. For wood and finish quality compare to LPs costing $2,500. This makes the Hawk a bit of a bargain. This guitar is not for everyone, but I'm surprised it's not more popular. It really has outstanding playability and tonal range. Also, the small size and light weight (7.2 lb) make it really fun for practicing long hours.
Style of Music: Blues, Rock, Country
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Overall: I own this 20th Anniversary Nighthawk and a 2011 Nighthawk too. Both of these guitars are incredible. The best part is the variety of tones the 20th has! It's truly an incredibly versatile guitar!
Style of Music: Rock, Blues, Classic Rock
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