2010 Gibson Nighthawk in Memphis Mojo

The Blue Book says….


– single cutaway Nighthawk-style chambered poplar body, AAA figured maple top, cream body binding, set maple slim profile neck, 22-fret bound Granadillo fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays, black headstock overlay with MOP Gibson logo and torch inlay, three-per-side vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons, Nighthawk 2010 bridge with six individual saddles, STB, two exposed humbucker pickups (neck: Burstbucker 1, bridge: Burstbucker 2) and one single coil blade pickup (middle), two amber knobs (v with push/pull coil tap, tone with push/pull coil tap), five-way pickup switch, gold hardware, available in Chicago Blue, Memphis Mojo, or St. Louis Sauce finish, hardshell case included, mfg. 2010-present.

I say….

Aaargh – one of the hazards of buying second hand guitars is that not everyone is as honest as me! – I bought this beautiful looking piece  and only after I had tried to set it up did I realise that the reason the neck pickup sounded thin was because only one coil was working!!

SO – as always I try and turn a pigs ear into a silk purse.

I bought a brand new set of Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbuckers.  These are a matched set that consist of aClassic combination of  SH-2n Jazz pickup in the neck and a SH-4JB in the bridge – with 4 conductor wiring.

I’ve managed to reuse all the original electrics in the guitar and the result is just stunning.

If  –

  1. You like fender scale length necks.
  2. Fancy a thicker sound than Fenders usually give.
  3. Don’t want to look like you’re using a Fender
  4. Want all the comfort contours of a Fender
  5. Possibly find some guitars a “Bit Big” – it’s not that you’re short it’s just that the guitars are designed by cavemen!
  6. Really you fancy a Les Paul – but would miss your Fender style sounds


The Seymour Duncan pickups have made a huge difference – much more tight and controlled bottom end  – shimmering highs, switch to Bridge and add the dirt and it’s pure Les Paul – I can’t quite believe it!

The guitar has a 5 position Blade switch that gives

1. Neck HB

2. Neck and S/C middle

3. Middle pickup

4. Middle and Bridge

5. Bridge HB

Add to this that the volume and tone knobs coil tap the humbuckers  – allowing almost Fender S***t sounds in position 2 and 4!

If it was a little bigger this might have been my perfect guitar! but obviously I therefore fall into the caveman category that I mentioned before!  It comes with an almost unmarked Gibson Hardcase, Packing certificate and owners manual.  There are two tiny superficial scratches that I can see, but the marks in the photos are just that I haven’t cleaned it well enough – I’ll replace these photos later when I get chance.