Gibson are no strangers to realising great signature guitars, and they’re looking to reaffirm their status within this sector today with two new Gibson and Epiphone launches at NAMM 2021: the new Kirk Douglas SG, and a unique Epiphone Fanatic for Heart’s Nancy Wilson.
- Kirk Douglas, who plays with legendary Philadelphia hip-hop ensemble The Roots, and Nancy Wilson of Heart have received new signature models from Gibson and Epiphone.
- Both artists have previously collaborated with Gibson Brands on signature models.
- The ‘Captain’ Kirk Douglas SG features three humbuckers and is available in two cool finishes.
- Epiphone’s new Nancy Wilson Fanatic puts a distinctive spin on the Nighthawk shape.
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Gibson ‘Captain’ Kirk Douglas Signature SG
Whether you’re a diehard of his contributions to classics like How I Got Over and Game Theory or you’re only familiar with him through his role as guitarist on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, there’s no denying that Kirk Douglas is a monster of a player. He’s previously worked alongside Gibson to create a signature SG guitar, with this newer triple-pickup SG Custom reaffirming his partnership with the iconic brand.
Built from a slab of hefty mahogany for the neck and body and featuring a 22 fret rosewood fretboard, the Kirk Douglas SG looks to be a total tone machine to suit all kinds of sounds. Available in Ebony Black and Inverness Green finishes, it’s loaded with a trio of Burstbucker 1, 2 and 3 pickups, with the neck and bridge pickup being controlled by the three-way pickup toggle switch and two volume knobs with push/pull coil splitting. The middle humbucker, meanwhile, can be blended in via the third volume control, which also features a coil-split function as well.
The 2021 Kirk Douglas SG also makes use of a master tone control and pickguard-mounted master volume for simple adjustments, while other appointments include a GraphTech nut, Keystone tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge and black Top hat knobs, as well as signature ‘Captain’ Lyre Tail Vibrola tailpiece for some whammy action.
Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic
For something a little more unique – and affordable – there’s the new Epiphone Fanatic, a signature guitar for Heart lead guitarist Nancy Wilson. This one puts a twist on the funky Nighthawk Standard the two parties created together back in 2013, providing an even cheaper alternative to the original and featuring some very cool appointments.
With a Fireburst Gloss finish and Nighthawk-inspired mahogany body with a figured maple veneer top, the Fanatic steps out with a C-shaped mahogany neck and ebony fretboard with split parallelogram inlays for a classy aesthetic.
It’s also loaded with two ProBucker humbucker with a Strat-like five-way pickup selector switch and master volume and tone controls, offering a myriad of tones to suit clean and dirty styles alike.
Hear Nancy talk about the guitar below.
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