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Gibson "Captain" Kirk Douglas, Roots SG

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The Kirk Douglas SG is as versatile as its namesake, primed to tap every tone you might need to rock out with today' demanding music. Through some inventive Gibson USA switch trickery, this three-pick... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Kirk Douglas SG is as versatile as its namesake, primed to tap every tone you might need to rock out with today' demanding music. Through some inventive Gibson USA switch trickery, this three-pickup SG Custom”with a trio of ™57 Classic humbuckers for legendary PAF tones”gives you single-coil sounds via its push-pull tone pots, and lets you dial in the middle pickup wherever desired thanks to the stealth blender ring disguised within its TogPot selector switch. A vibrola tailpiece further enhances this stunning guitar' chops, and tips off the visual splendor that makes the Kirk Douglas SG such a sultry beast.

The high-gloss Vintage Cherry nitrocellulose finish is a classic yet lesser-seen variation of the SG Custom of the 1960s. It is beautifully set off by acrylic pearloid block markers, a wide SG Custom headstock with multi-ply binding and split-diamond inlay, and a double-wide white pickguard. The visual pi¨ce de rsistance, though, is the long gold œLyre tailpiece cover engraved with Kirk' nickname”œCaptain”and dual roses, partnered by a Kirk Douglas signature decal on the back of the headstock. For classic yet original looks, versatile tones, and an unparalleled playing feel, the Kirk Douglas SG is ready to rock you sideways, whatever your musical requirements.

Body and Neck
The Kirk Douglas SG is made from solid Grade-A mahogany in the iconic double-horned style of the original ™60s SG. Its thin dimensions and beveled edges are key ingredients in its legendary playing comfort, as is its slim, super-fast mahogany neck, with depths of 0.800 at the 1st fret and 0.900 at the 12th. Its Grade-A rosewood fingerboard carries stunning acrylic pearloid block markers, and is topped with a large Custom headstock with multi-ply binding and split-diamond inlay.

Pickups and Electronics
Three of Gibson' popular ™57 Classics provide a usefully contemporary take on vintage PAF humbucker tone, with added versatility thanks to coil-splitting switching on the tone controls™ push-pull pots. In addition, the TogPot selector switch carries a blender pot within its ring, to dial in the middle pickup level to any position, as desired. All this clever wiring trickery gives the Kirk Douglas SG unseen sonic depths, while hiding within the traditional four-knob plus three-way switch control array.

The hardware, all gold, includes high-quality Grover keystone tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, and a vibrola for added versatility, with stunning œLyre cover etched with Kirk' nickname œCaptain and dual roses. The guitar carries the larger white mid-™60s pickguard, with multi-ply headstock binding, single-ply fingerboard binding, and a traditional œbell truss-rod cover.


  • Grade-A mahogany body with iconic double-horned design
  • Mahogany neck with slim, fast profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays
  • Three '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck, middle and bridge positions
  • Top pot for the middle pickup blend
  • Coil tap on neck and bridge pickups
  • Grover keystone tuners with 14:1 ratio
  • Tune-o-matic with Lyre tail
  • Roses and "Captain" engraving
  • Includes case
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Oversized SG Rounded
  • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Neck Fit
  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle: Tolerance +/-.005"
  • Species: Ebony
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 24 3/4"
  • Binding: White
  • Radius: 12"
  • Inlays: Acrylic Pearloid Block
  • Nut/E.O.B 1.687"/ 2.062"
  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.695
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Type: SP2
  • Logo: Pearl
  • Inlay: Acrylic Gibson and Split Diamond
  • Truss Rod Cover: Bell Hotstamped "Custom" reading vertically
  • Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Model: Grover Gold Keystone
  • Plating: Gold
  • Tuning: Ratio 14:1
  • Type: Tune-O-Matic
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Gold
  • Type: Lyre Tail
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Gold
  • Engraved With: 2 Roses and "Captain"
  • Knobs: Black Top Hat with Gold Volume & Tone Inserts
  • Pickguard: Multi-ply white SG W/B/W/B
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Black hs Gold
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Black
  • Control Plate Cover: Gold
  • Strings: .009 - .046
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum with gold plate
  • Neck Position: '57 Classic
  • Middle Position: '57 Classic
  • Bridge Position: '57 Classic
  • Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
  • Potentiometers: 2 Push/Pull Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 500 Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Two Push/Pull TONE, Two VOLUME and one toggle that also controls the Middle Pickup Volume
  • Output Jack: 1/4" Mono
  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
  • Process: 1-1.5 milsVintage Cherry
  • Type: Gibson Hardshell
  • Case Exterior: Black with Kirk Douglas Signature
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By joshua iliades

from Glasgow Kentucky

Just got mine in the mail 4 days ago..The Most awesome Sg i've ever played,.and my new favorite out of all the guitars i own..the classic 57 humbuckers are awesome ,.the cherry finish and the quality of this guitar is awesome..i'm so impressed and it takes a lot to impress me!...the fact that you can control and dial in the middle pickup no matter what position the pickup selector is in,..all the way down in treble(lead mode is where i play the most and being able to boost tone by adding the middle pick up is just awesome! no too mention the push and pull pots,.to split the coils and give you that bb king syle clean sound ,.if you can find the means,..this guitar is worth having ,.and if your like me ,.it just might end up being the 1st one you reach for .......Awesome is all i can say

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