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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Nighthawk Standard 2010 is constructed from solid Grade-A maple. Neck Species
Neck Profile
The neck on the Nighthawk Standard 2010 is carved to a slim, fast profile, with depth measurements of .808" at the first fret and .875" at the 12th fret. Neck Profile
Tonal Characteristics
The angled, classical-style peg head and maple neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortise & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested technique has been used for millennia in all the great woodworking arts—from shipbuilding to cabinetry—to create one solid wood unit from two separate sections, and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the instrument was made from a single piece of wood. Neck Joint
Headstock Angle
The Nighthawk Standard 2010 headstock is carefully back-angled at 14 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Truss Rod
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. Truss Rod
The Gibson logo — one of the most globally recognized logos of all time — is inlaid in mother-of-pearl across the top of the headstock face of the Nighthawk Standard 2010, with a traditional MoP holly inlay at the center of the headstock. Logo
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
Average Weight
The average weight of the neck is 1.04 lbs.
Joint Angle
1.00° (+/- 15 seconds)
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The neck of the Nighthawk Standard 2010 carries a bound granadillo fingerboard. Granadillo is non-porous, straight-grained, very dense and has a ringing warm tap-tone that is well balanced. Fingerboard Species
The Nighthawk Standard 2010 sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, the preferred size of rock and blues players looking for optimum playing comfort, tone, and easy bending. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
Granadillo fingerboards are known for a well-balanced, ringing, warm tap-tone.
The Nighthawk Standard 2010 fingerboard carries acrylic dot position markers. Inlays
Nut Material
Nighthawk Standard 2010 has a nut made from Corian, a hard-wearing acrylic polymer. This alternative to bone offers a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and benefits from clean and precise string slots. Its slots are cut on Gibson's computerized PLEK machine for precise intonation. Nut Width
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Nighthawk Standard 2010 is approximately 1.625".
The 12-inch radius of the Nighthawk Standard 2010 fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.