Lives up to my expectations from Gibson
By: Kelly from So. Berwick, ME USA
What is your overall opinion of this product?
This iteration of the Nighthawk is just right. I think the combo of the sweet mini hum and burstbucker is great, esp with the coil taps. I took a risk ordering this one from dent and scratch and as you all know they can't tell you a thing about what damage had been done. For the discount I got I expected a gash bent tuners non working electronics or even no case. When I got the box open there was a case with maybe one small imperfection on it. With one eye closed I opened the case and began to inspect. I found nothing wrong with the electronics or general finish. Someone turkey didn't know how to adjust the truss rod and it was slack with a huge bow and the the truss rod cover had a crack by the nut screw. That's it! In 5 minutes the neck was straight and she was even well intonated. I own many Gibsons, Fenders, PRSs and Taylors so I have plenty of fine axes to compare this NW Nighthawk to and I think it's in top 3 for tone playability/comfort and looks!
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I think Gibson USA has slipped a bit lately in their finishes. I'm told they produce 400 a day so the lacquer doesn't have a chance to cure and inspections are so so. That said this Nighthawk is about an 7 or 8 of 10 for finish, all else is perfect. I was hoping for a different sound from the 2 hums and they are a real nice change. Unique from the 57s and noiseless single coils I use. The mini is everything I hoped for and the tapped burstbucker has a cool bite. Overall it has a nice bluesy growl which is brighter than I expected thru a Blues Deluxe. Can't wait to crank it thru the Boogie! Seems pretty versitle.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Now with neck straight and the action just right it players similar to my LP Studio Deluxe and is nice with the slide. Feels like a Gibstone!
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
30% off for dent n scratch with nothing wrong... Yeah lucky, happy I am!
How was the action out of the box?
Neck was relief-bowed 3/8"! Quick adjustment, perfect.