The Gibson Nighthawk was released in 1993 as a “modern classic,” and we find this perfectly describes it. With classic features like a mahogany body with a maple top, a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard, the Nighthawk utilizes Gibson’s tried-and-true formula. However we can see Gibson looking toward the 21st century with some very unique specs like a 25.5” scale length for a new tone response, comfortable body contours, through body stringing with a unique bridge, and the modern versatility of three unique pickups which can be used in different combinations, plus push/pull coil tapping.
With the 20th Anniversary Nighthawk Standard, Gibson honors the past 20 years of this guitar’s powerful, versatile performance, winning over legions of fans in the process. To commemorate this legacy, some beautiful and radical upgrades been added. First, the top is carved from gorgeous Grade-AAA maple with either an Antique Natural or Fireburst finish. Next we have a unique and exciting combination of pickups. A Nighthawk Mini-Humbucker in the neck gives a rich, throaty growl, an NSX Nighthawk Single-Coil in the middle creates funky tones with thumping mid-range, and a Nighthawk Lead Humbucker in the bridge will give you anything from mammoth crunch to articulate singing leads. The bridge coils can be split in the bridge for a brighter sound by popping the tone control, and any combination of these pickups can be activated via a 5-way switch. With classy appointments like a Corian PLEK-cut nut, a truss-rod cover hot-stamped in gold with “Nighthawk 20th Anniversary”, and gold hardware, you’ll be proud to own this special installment of Gibson tradition.
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