Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2013

Gibson Release 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard

The original Nighthawk Standard came out in 1993, now Gibson toast its 20th birthday with a new tribute model

We've always had a soft spot for the Nighthawk and he new 20th Anniversary Gibson Nighthawk Standard is looking like an attractive proposition.

This new solidbody celebrates the original1993 model complete with three pickup configuration of mini humbucker/single coil pickup/humbucker.

Here's the info from Gibson…

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.

Cases and Coverage
All guitars come protected in a black Gibson hardshell case, and include a Gibson owner’s manual and adjustment literature, along with Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Support.

Here's a great fan video of the guitar, a looper and some blues licks!

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