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Gibson Nancy Wilson Fanatic Nighthawk Electric Guitar (with Case)

Heart's virtuosic guitarist gets an axe to match her licks. This guitar features a Mini-humbucker in the neck, and a Nighthawk Lead pickup in the bridge. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
AAA-grade flamed maple top Deep wood grain for striking visual appeal
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish Lets guitar age naturally without impeding tone

Product Description

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'.

Nancy Wilson

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.

Features:

- 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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- Mahogany body with highly figured Grade-AAA maple top
- Mahogany neck
- Bound rosewood fingerboard
- 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
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 18 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 7 in
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. "Nice sound and feel, but poor finish/attention details"
Overall: I bought one and had to return it (not through Zzounds) due to copper wire protruding from the bridge humbucker. Also the screw on the bridge mounting ring was not seated well and was also stripped exposing metal. There were serious buffing wheel marks all *over* this guitar, including the sides of the headstock, the neck, sides of body, back contour and areas on top. I refinish guitars, so I'm very aware of a poor finish when I see one. I got the feeling that these guitars are being given a 'rush job' at Nashville. I was able to return my 1st Nighthawk and receive a 2nd one. I was aware that the 2nd one was coming to me with similar finish issues, but I went ahead and took a chance. Indeed the second one looked about the same, so I don't think it was a fluke. The actual quality of the flame maple top is nice, as is the fireburst color. Vibrant and striking. The sound of the mini hum is a bit muddy to me, but when combined with the bridge.. it sounds great. The bridge humbucker by itself is plenty meaty with bite and brawn. It will please most, I think. The middle position is esp.. light and acousticy sounding.. great for rhythm work, tho I tend to finger pick. I play clean, so I cannot comment fairly on the gain aspect of these pickups. I heard a guy at a local store play it through a Marshall MG half stack and he got a great high gain growl out of it. I do like how the coil tap is in the 5 way switch and not a push /pull pot. This makes changes smoother and less encumbersome. Overall the pickups have many different tonal options. The brass bridge also contributes to its' unique tonal 'flavor'. The neck progressively gets a little chunkier above the 5 th frets. The nut width is 1 5/8in and fairly thin below the 5th fret. Comfortable for smaller fingers. But, gives you 'something to grab' higher up. The frets felt good and have no apparent rough edges. I would've like to have seen a better quality nut on this guitar. It describes the nut as corian, but I spoke to a Gibson rep and he told me it was plastic on the phone. lol.. And it sure acts like it. Strings bind and pop in the nut, which obviously contributes to a lack of good intonation. The tuners themselves are a bit cheap feeling and slip somewhat. I would personally change them out. I was disappointed by having two different Nighthawks and both had issues primarily with finish, as well as hardware... specifically, screws not seated well or fully tightened. Nitpicky stuff: No felt washers under the strap pins. I don't like to see that on expensive guitars. It's a nicety, but even my cheapest guitars have felt washers. Come 'on, Gibson. :) More importantly, the guitar doesn't seem to be shielded well. I can play the 'static pop' on the top side of the guitar by rubbing my hand across it quickly.. and it's not just because it's 'winter and it's dry'. Overall, the guitar has a nice physical feel. It's weight is nearly ..too light, I think. You could play it all night. So, if you do buy it, understand that it does have some issues. I chalk it up to the way Gibson is doing things 'the$e day$". Oh, yes, I did call Gibson and complain the first time, but I did not get a very sympathetic rep on the phone. Ultimately, it was easier to send it back and just 'try again'. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to keep this guitar.
Style of Music: Fingerstyle acoustic. Classical, new age, rock. Electric. Clean jazz/blues improv.
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Overall: I am very pleased with my purchase. What a beautiful, sweet guitar! I am very appreciative of the play as you pay option and I am enjoying every minute of playing. Shipped very quickly and in mint condition.
Style of Music: Rock, blues, metal, classic rock.
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