The Gibson Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard Electric Guitar is a beautifully figured, tonally versatile and expertly crafted instrument recognizing the achievements and career of Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson. Nancy has long been a fan of the Nighthawk and this variation is one of the most elegant ever produced. Gibson USA gives this axe a highly figured Grade-AAA maple top dressed in a high-gloss nitrocellulose finish with Cherry back and neck, and a commemorative ‘Fanatic’ truss-rod cover.
All the distinctive ingredients that made the Nighthawk stand out initially are in the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard, including the 25.5 inch scale length for defined lows and highs, comfortable body contours, through-body stringing and the unique Nighthawk bridge. Gibson pairs a Nighthawk Mini-humbucker and Nighthawk Lead humbucker, with five-way switching for a wide range of tones.
Gibson Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard Features
Body and Neck
- Mahogany body with highly figured Grade-AAA maple top
- Mahogany neck with comfortably rounded profile
- Bound rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
- Split-coil Nighthawk Mini-Humbucker and Nighthawk Lead Humbucker pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Gold-plated Nighthawk string-through bridge
- Vintage-style ‘Gibson Deluxe’ tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
The mahogany body of the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard follows the Nighthawk’s stylized take on Gibson’s legendary Les Paul, with a deeper cutaway, a ribcage contour for enhanced playing comfort, and a longer scale length for a broader voice. Its top is made from beautifully figured Grade-AAA maple.
A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck with a 25.5 inch scale length is glued into the body and carved in a comfortably rounded profile. The guitar has a bound fingerboard made from solid rosewood, inlaid with parallelogram position markers. A Corian nut cut on Gibson’s computer-controlled PLEK helps to ensure optimum sustain and precise intonation.
Pickups and Electronics
The Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard has incredible versatility thanks to a Nighthawk Mini-Humbucker in the neck for a rich, throaty growl and a Nighthawk Lead Humbucker in the bridge which is primed for everything from mammoth crunch to articulate, singing lead tones, yet you merely have to flip the five-way selector switch to tap brighter single-coil sounds, and a range of other tones. Master tone and volume controls make for easy on-the-fly adjustments.
Hardware and Plastics
The heart of the Gibson Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard’s superb resonance and sustain is found in its through-body stringing and rock-solid Nighthawk bridge. The bridge, strap buttons, and vintage-style ‘Gibson Deluxe’ tuners are all gold plated, as are the pickup’s mounting rings and neck pickup cover. Amber ‘top-hat’ knobs lend an air of Gibson tradition, there’s a commemorative truss-rod cover hot stamped with ‘Fanatic’.
From the smash early success of 1975’s Dreamboat Annie to contemporary hits launched by her much-applauded return to the band in more recent years, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson has been the cornerstone of many of rock’s most enduring songs, and the architect of a myriad timeless riffs. She has long been a fan of one of Gibson’s more powerful ‘modern alternatives’ too—and to recognize the union of artist and instrument, Gibson USA introduces the Nancy Wilson Nighthawk Standard, an elegant variation on a contemporary classic.