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Gibson Nighthawk Studio Electric Guitar

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Some guitars take a while to find their place in the world. Though not actually a new design, there has been a big resurgence of interest in Gibsons innovative Nighthawk, known for its versatile tone, comfort and great feel. The scale length of 25-1/2 inches makes this a little snappier than most Gibson guitars. Seriously scorching output is delivered through dual BurstBucker pickups. The BurstBucker 2 in the bridge position is a humbucking pickup wound in the range of Gibson's '57 Classic for replica sound. It has unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, just like the original. The BurstBucker 2 is slightly hotter than the BurstBucker 1 in the neck position. Working separately or in tandem you get the full range of classic Gibson tones at your fingertips. The feel and tone of the Nighthawk is enhanced by the baked maple fingerboard, which adds the snappy response of ebony, but retains a warm, traditional medium-brown look like pau ferro. A great addition to a collection or a primary axe when versatility is important.

Baked Maple:
Aging maple through a œbaking process called torrefaction. The wood is kept at 200-300º F for a period of time until the wood knows its no longer a tree; Moisture is restored under pressure. This makes the wood very hard, sonically œlive and extremely stable. The snappy sound of ebony, with the look of medium-brown pau ferro. Many boutique manufacturers are now using this because it improves the wood with no chemical treatment, its environmentally friendly and is great for making better sounding and playing guitars!


  • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
  • Body:Solid Mahogany (White Binding)
  • Neck: Genuine Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Baked Maple (White Binding)
  • Hardware: Chrome, Vintage Style Tuners
  • Electronics: BurstBucker 1/BurstBucker 2
  • One master volume, one master tone push/pull tapped to both pickups
  • Case: Gibson Deluxe Gig Bag
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GibsonNighthawk Studio Electric Guitar

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Love it!!!!


from Tacoma, WA

Comments about Gibson Nighthawk Studio Electric Guitar:

Went to Guitar Center to buy a used cab...I needed a guitar to use to demo the cab and picked up the Nighthawk Silverburst, cuz I had never seen one before and it was w/in grabbing reach. I thought it looked "odd" compared to other Gibsons. I have a Gibson Les Paul now and didn't really "need" another guitar. Anyway.........I couldn't put it down!!! Chunky tone, fast, effortless neck..I was a better player instantly. 30 minutes later, I bought it. I have already logged about 4 hours since I got home and will probably log a few more before bed. I highly recommend this guitar. I play a lot of gigs, and this baby is light and easy on the neck as well. Awesome!!!!!!!

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Gibson is doing it right!

By Nicholas Sack

from Plano, TX

Comments about Gibson Nighthawk Studio Electric Guitar:

I was at Guitar Center playing the usual guitars that I love that I unfortunately cannot afford. I seen this guitar (the Pelham Blue version) hanging up next to the high-end Gibsons. It caught my eye because it didn't look like any Gibson I've seen before (it had the hardtail string-through bridge and horned cutout) that wasn't "unique" to Gibson per say. I decided to give it a strum. Much to my surprise, the guitar played like a dream. Don't let the poplar body fool you just because it's a wood that you never hear about. The guitar is very light and comfortable. The humbursters sound very good and have the ability to be coil-tapped. You can literally use this guitar for any style satisfactorily. I purchased this guitar the same day I played it and I have had trouble putting it down since.


Love Child of Strat/Les Paul

By Steve Stoner

from St. Louis

Comments about Gibson Nighthawk Studio Electric Guitar:

Usually when I hear that a guitar is a perfect mix between a Strat and a Les Paul, I play it and think it gets somewhere in between fairly well but doesn't do either an LP or Strat very well. This one is different. I just received the goldtop version and love the look but the sound is where it really shines. The burstbucker pickups are smokin' hot through a Boogie combo and on a clean channel, with the coil taps activated, you could close your eyes and swear your playing a Strat. Only complain is the gig bag instead of a case. I know it costs a little more but all Gibsons should come with a case and Epiphone's with a gig bag.

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