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The Captain's Classy SG

As the guitarist with The Roots, the beloved house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, "Captain" Kirk Douglas has developed a well-earned reputation as a stellar player. His guitar collection includes several Gibson models, but arguably the sexiest is his three-pickup Gibson™ SG™ Custom, which is now commemorated in the new Kirk Douglas signature SG from Gibson USA. Featuring non-locking Keystone tuners, a mahogany neck and body, rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and large block acrylic inlays, a Graph Tech® nut, ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic™ bridge and Kirk Douglas signature "Captain" Lyre Tail Vibrola tailpiece, black Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and three BurstBucker™ humbucking pickups. Like the Captain himself, the pickups and controls on his SG are incredibly versatile. On a basic level, they operate somewhat similarly to a two-pickup SG, but with significant added capabilities. The three-way toggle switch selects the bridge pickup, neck pickup, or both. Each of these pickups has its own volume control, and each is equipped with a push/pull pot that switches the pickup from humbucker to single coil when the switch is pulled out. A single master tone knob, located in the usual lead tone control position, is provided, and where you’d normally expect to find the second tone control, an additional volume control (again, with a push/pull switch for coil splitting) is installed. This controls the middle pickup, and can be used to blend its signal in with the other (one or two) pickups, regardless of how the three-way pickup selector switch is positioned. This means you can run the neck and/or bridge pickups alone or together, the neck and middle, bridge and middle, or all three pickups simultaneously, and at any relative volume amounts desired. And even better - once you have dialed up the exact balance you want, you can adjust the overall output level of the entire guitar with the pickguard-mounted master volume control.


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Kirk Douglas Signature SG Specifications


Body Shape
Body Material
Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer


Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Rosewood with White binding
Fingerboard Radius
Number Of Frets
Medium Jumbo
Nut Material
Graph Tech®
Nut Width
1.7" / 43.053mm
Acrylic Blocks
Glued in
Gibson logo in Mother of Pearl
Headstock inlay
Custom split diamond in Mother of Pearl


Nickel on Inverness Green-finished model - Gold on Ebony-finished model
Tuner Plating
Nickel on Inverness Green-finished model - Gold on Ebony-finished model
Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic™
Kirk Douglas signature "Captain" Lyre Tail Vibrola
Tuning Machines
Nickel Keystone on Inverness Green-finished model - Gold Keystone on Ebony-finished model
White 5-ply on Inverness Green-finished model; Black 5-ply on Ebony-finished model
Control Knobs
Black Top Hats with Silver inserts on Inverness Green-finished model - Gold inserts on Ebony-finished model
Switch Tip
Cream on Inverness Green-finished model - Black on Ebony-finished model
Black with Gold lettering
Strap Buttons
2 - bottom and behind heel
Pickup Covers
Nickel on Inverness Green-finished model - Gold on Ebony-finished model


Neck Pickup
BurstBucker™ 1
Middle Pickup
BurstBucker™ 2
Bridge Pickup
BurstBucker™ 3
Master Volume, Master Tone, plus individual Volume controls with push/pull coil splitting for each of the three pickups
Pickup Selector
3-way toggle
Output Jack


Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

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