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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Overview

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.

Hardware
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.

Features
  • 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
Specifications
  • Body
    Species: Mahogany
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Neck
    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"
    Fingerboard
    Species: Ebony
    Frets: 22
    Scale: 24 3/4"
    Binding: White
    Radius: 12"
    Inlays: Acrylic Pearloid Block
    Nut/E.O.B 1.687"/ 2.062"
    Nut
    Material: Corian
    Width: 1.695
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Headstock
    Type: SP2
    Logo: Pearl
    Inlay: Acrylic Gibson and Split Diamond
    Truss Rod Cover: Bell Hotstamped "Custom" reading vertically
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Tuners
    Model: Grover Gold Keystone
    Plating: Gold
    Tuning: Ratio 14:1
    Bridge
    Type: Tune-O-Matic
    Material: Zamak
    Plating: Gold
    Tailpiece
    Type: Lyre Tail
    Material: Zamak
    Plating: Gold
    Engraved With: 2 Roses and "Captain"
    Hardware
    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
    Pickups
    Neck Position: '57 Classic
    Middle Position: '57 Classic
    Bridge Position: '57 Classic
    Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    Electronics
    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
    Finish
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose
    Process: 1-1.5 milsVintage Cherry
    Case
    Type: Gibson Hardshell
    Case Exterior: Black with Kirk Douglas Signature
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4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Almost Perfect

By Cellarguitarguy

from Indianapolis, IN

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Pros

  • Finish Was Flawless
  • Plek Setup Outstanding

Cons

  • Broken Solder
  • Pickup Hum

Best Uses

  • Playing at home

Gibson's price on this model was unbelievably low, my 1961 reissue sells new for almost 3 times this price every where, and the only differences between this guitar and the SG Custom is a rosewood fret board and the larger "batwing" pickguard.

Mine was back ordered only two weeks before Gibson halted production and I wasn't sure I would get one, very happy when it arrived. The finish was perfect, PLEK setup always good, but there was a problem with the electronics as a horrible hum on the bridge and middle pickups. I pulled the back cover off and found a broken solder and a number of wires just hanging there. I could tell where they had broken off so I just heated up a soldering gun and soldered them back in. Can't send it back because they are out of production and I didn't want to take it to a service center because it takes 2 weeks for them to even look at it. I have bought 8 new Gibson's over the years and this was the first one that arrived with a problem, but the electrical work everywhere looked a bit sloppy, still love you guys but it was odd fixing my brand new Gibson on Christmas day.

If yours has a problem staying in tune just oil up the nut before you play every day for a few weeks and that will solve the problem. Every new Gibson I have ever owned except the 2008 Traditional Pro Plus has had this problem, and oiling the nut for a few weeks has always worked. Guitars with a tremolo arms are the worse because the strings must be able to slide across the nut in order for it to stay in tune. Oiling works instantly with only minor tuning adjustments needed over an hour's playing time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful . . . Well Made, Easy To Play

By Nothing Better Than New Strings

from Minnesota

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    The 57 Classic pickups, combined with Coil Splitters and Middle Pickup settings, offer a lot of fantastic tone options.

    I like the more Jazzy tones. This guitar delivers that plus everything the SG is known for.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beam me up Scotty !!!

    By Mr. Guitar

    from Appomattox, Va

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      I used to have a 1972 Walnut colored SG Custom as a back-up to my 1976 Cherry Sunburst Les Paul Custom when I played out in the late 1970's and into the 1980's. The SG was my back-up guitar because I really didn't care for the middle pick-up in oh! so many ways. I took a chance on this guitar because I love the SG Custom look but didn't feel that I would be comfortable spending the kind of money they want for a more traditional SG Custom ,as per my previous experience with that model guitar. So !!! What I like about this guitar over the more traditional SG Custom is that the middle pick-up isn't out of phase with the other pick-ups and that you can have a two pick-up sound with this guitar because the tog-pot switch allows you to blend the middle pick-up to any pick-up combination. Another feature of this guitar that I prefer is the large pickguard , which allows you to mount the pick-ups on this guitar without having to use the pick-up trim rings. I feel that this feature makes it easier to deal with the middle pick-up while playing the guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome!

      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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