The Gibson Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard Electric Guitar is a beautifully figured, tonally versatile and expertly crafted instrument recognizing the achievements and career of Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson. Nancy has long been a fan of the Nighthawk and this variation is one of the most elegant ever produced. Gibson USA gives this axe a highly figured Grade-AAA maple top dressed in a high-gloss nitrocellulose finish with Cherry back and neck, and a commemorative 'Fanatic' truss-rod cover.
All the distinctive ingredients that made the Nighthawk stand out initially are in the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard, including the 25.5-inch scale length for defined lows and highs, comfortable body contours, through-body stringing and the unique Nighthawk bridge. Gibson pairs a Nighthawk Mini-humbucker and Nighthawk Lead humbucker, with five-way switching for a wide range of tones.
Body and Neck
The mahogany body of the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard follows the Nighthawk's stylized take on Gibson's legendary Les Paul, with a deeper cutaway, a ribcage contour for enhanced playing comfort, and a longer scale length for a broader voice. Its top is made from beautifully figured Grade-AAA maple.
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 rosewood, inlaid with parallelogram position markers. A Corian nut cut on Gibson's computer-controlled PLEK helps to ensure optimum sustain and precise intonation.
Pickups and Electronics
The Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard has incredible versatility thanks to a Nighthawk Mini-Humbucker in the neck for a rich, throaty growl and a Nighthawk Lead Humbucker in the bridge which is primed for everything from mammoth crunch to articulate, singing lead tones, yet you merely have to flip the five-way selector switch to tap brighter single-coil sounds, and a range of other tones. Master tone and volume controls make for easy on-the-fly adjustments.
Hardware and Plastics
The heart of the Gibson Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard's superb resonance and sustain is found in its through-body stringing and rock-solid Nighthawk bridge. The bridge, strap buttons, and vintage-style 'Gibson Deluxe' tuners are all gold plated, as are the pickup's mounting rings and neck pickup cover. Amber 'top-hat' knobs lend an air of Gibson tradition, there's a commemorative truss-rod cover hot stamped with 'Fanatic'.
From the smash early success of 1975's Dreamboat Annie to contemporary hits launched by her much-applauded return to the band in more recent years, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson has been the cornerstone of many of rock's most enduring songs, and the architect of a myriad timeless riffs. She has long been a fan of one of Gibson's more powerful 'modern alternatives' too--and to recognize the union of artist and instrument, Gibson USA introduces the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard, an elegant variation on a contemporary classic.
- Mahogany body with highly figured Grade-AAA maple top
- Mahogany neck with comfortably rounded profile
- Bound rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
- Split-coil Nighthawk Mini-Humbucker and Nighthawk Lead Humbucker pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Gold-plated Nighthawk string-through bridge
- Vintage-style 'Gibson Deluxe' tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
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