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For any Gibson "Hawk" fans here

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by pjwill, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. pjwill

    pjwill Silver Supporting Member

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    Came into possession of this very interesting prototype Hawk. It was built 2 years before the Blueshawks came into regular production. I have owned a couple in the past, and when I saw this, I had to have it. I know very little about its history, other than it's thought to be a prototype owned at one time by a session player name William (Bill or Will) Weston...

    It's different than a standard Blueshawk in the following ways,

    -Custom Shop logo on the back of the neck/headstock
    -no f-holes
    -what appears to be an all mahogany body
    -solid body
    -transperent red over mahogany finish (just like an SG)
    -no "dummy coil" pickup through a plastic cavitiy in the back
    -tone pot located "behind" the 3 way switch
    -3 position "varitone" knob in the middle of the 3 knobs
    -very different volume, tone and varitone knobs
    -fatter neck profile
    -no diamond fret position markers- they are round perloid
    -no "Blueshawk" decal on the body above thw neck
    -correct fitting black tolex hard shell case

    It's seems to me to have more sustain and complex tone than the standard Blueshawks I have had. Has anyone come across this one or anything like it?

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  2. scottlr

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    Never, but I like it!
     
  3. BigPapiFan

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    Interesting! I bet the solid mahogany really improves the sustain over the chambered poplar Blueshawk body. Does that custom job have a 25.5 inch neck scale?
     
  4. pjwill

    pjwill Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes...25.5" scale. That's one of the things I like about it. Nice and snappy. And your right, the solid mahogany body improves the sustain.
     
  5. Guitarman3366

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    Wow, I really like that guitar! Everything I don't like about the Blueshawk is not on that guitar (the Blueshawk decal, f-holes, dummy-coil). Looks like a great guitar!

    -Ben
     
  6. phantasm

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    I hated the blueshawk decal- in fact, i destroyed the entire finish on the one i had by trying to remove it. Fine by me- hated the red and hated the blues too. Was ugly as sin when i was done with it. Luckily i got it for a song, i gave it to a friend of mine later on.
     
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    Very nice! I'm a huge hawk fan. I have seen one other like it at a guitar show here a few years ago. Only info the vendor had was it was a custom prototype. Nice find. Are the p-90's standard gibbies?
     
  8. pjwill

    pjwill Silver Supporting Member

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    The pups are more similar to the "Blues 90s" in the production Blueshawk. Not nearly as hot as p-90s. More similar to strat pups but with different character.

    Phantasm- I hated the decal, too. Disliked the f-hole on such a small bodied guitar...and the dummy-coil was not needed IMHO. I am having fun with this guitar.
     
  9. CitizenCain

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    That is a sweet guitar! It's exactly as I would like a Hawk made. Gibson should get on the stick and build this as a production unit!
     
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    I know this isn't a popular opinion, but I kinda like the Blueshawk decal and the diamond fretmarkers - so un-Gibson!
     
  11. pjwill

    pjwill Silver Supporting Member

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    Just got around to opening up the control cavity and low and behold...a mini hum-canceling "dummy coil" stuck in-between the pick-up selector switch and 3 position varitone...amazing. Very different configuration than what ended up being used for the stock Blueshawks.

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  12. 8Painting

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    Nice looking guitar.

    I prefer that that the regular productions!
     
  13. treeofpain

    treeofpain Supporting Member

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    Gibson also offered a HAWK model a little later. Basically a cheap scaled down Nighthawk. Not as nice as yours, obviously.
     
  14. Stringz

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    Gibson made a solid body version called "The Hawk".
    http://www.blueshawk.info/the_hawk.htm

    Finishes were ebony (shown on other side of link) and wine red. The pickups were humbuckers, though, not soapbars. The hollow Hawks used Blues 90's, not P-90's. The look is similar, but the sound is world's apart.
     
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    Nice find! I've emailed this thread to blueshawk.info - a great site for info on all things Hawk.
     

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