Gibson Nighthawk ( 1993-1998 )
In 1985 under the new ownership of Henry Juskewiscz gibson wanted to regain their classic reputation by focusing more on detailed featured specs of reissues ,they also wanted to start a new genre of guitars that beared their name but didnt have that standard classic gibson sound and tone .
In 1993 gibson build a guitar with a wide range of sounds by placing a coil tap switch which doubles as a tone control knob .
When this switch was pulled up or down the humbuckers were converted to single coil , thus making the guitar extremly versatile. These gibson guitars were called the gibson nighthawk .
Perhaps not the most popular guitar gibson ever made , but many guitar players ...until today like these guitars because they are light ( unlike their les paul cousins ) , less expensive and versatile .
You can mimic the sound of a fender strat by switching to single coil or les pauls by switching to humbucker pick ups and at the same time the guitar has its own unique distinguished sound .
In 1993 gibson introducted 3 variation models of the night hawk , the gibson nighthawk custom which had a flame maple top , single cut les paul style body , gold hardware , mini humbucking pickup in the neck position , single coil pick up in the middle , and a slanted humbucker , trapezoid inlays , push/pull master tone , 5 way switch , ebony fingerboard , and were made in antique natural ,fireburst and amber finishes .
The gibson nighthawk standard had double parallelogram inlays , rosewood fingerboards and were made in fireburst , amber and vintage sunburst finishes . ( see pic )
The gibson nighthawk special had dot inlays , rosewood fingerboards , and were made in ebony , cherry or vintage sunburst finishes .
In 1994 gibson started to make some nighthawk models with floyd rose vibratos , and optional 2 pick up versions with no single coils , in 1995 they added another guitar to the family called the gibson blueshawk with f-holes which are still in production .
Despite the success gibson had with other gibson models, the gibson nighthawk never really established ground on the market . All 3 versions were discontinued in 1998 .
Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1993 - 1998 > $1000 to $1200 ( Nighthawk Custom )
1993 - 1998 > $600 to $900 ( Special )
1993 - 1998 > $850 to $1100 ( Standard )
Avg Upward Trend Of 11% a Year since 2000
If you want to buy a gibson nighthawk you can find gibson nighthawk guitars for sale on ebay , but they don't have them all the time ...
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