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creekster52

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1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« on: May 15, 2013, 07:48:12 PM »
Anyone ever play one of these? Flat top, wrap-around tailpiece, Kluson tuners, Nighthawk shape. Any idea what they're worth?

Not Blueshawk or Nighthawk.

http://www.sheltonsguitars.com/images/2008/8-28-08/gibson%20hawk/big/big%20gibson%20hawkDSCN3779.jpg

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 10:00:44 PM »
Never played one of those, but I do remember 'em though. They came in Ebony and Wine Red and hung around from 1996-1998. Depending on condition, they'll fetch anywhere from $250 to double that.

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 12:17:21 AM »
I take it they weren't very popular judging by the short production run, and low resale. So these were sort of a studio version of the Blueshawk/Nighthawk kind of thing?

I found one listed for $450 w/case & free shipping, so I became curious. I checked out a couple of vids on YouTube, and they seem to have good tone. The Nighthawks & Epi Nighthawk reissues just don't do it for me, although the Hawk doesn't seem to have the same twangy-ness as those. Not sure how I feel about a 25.5" scale length on a Gibson though.   :-\

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 02:36:54 AM »
Well, the Hawk had two 490R pickups, so that may explain the tone. Of all of those, the Blueshawk hung around the longest I think (1996-2005), while the Nighthawk (1995-99) not so much. I've never knew about (or dealt with) any reissues of those. Kind of reminds me of the reemergence of the Genesis model. The original run of those was only 1979-81. It's all just another example the gear world. In spite of what some of us like or even have an interest in, often times we find these items are short lived. Reissues are like second thoughts, or "Let's give model-X another chance and see what happens".

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 03:17:07 PM »
Speaking of the Genesis...I saw the Epiphone Genisis reissue on the MF website. My forst impression was "geez, what an ugly guitar". Sorry if that one appeals to you. I'm sure it is quite functional, with great access to the upper registers, but it just looks odd to me. Can't figure out why anyone would prefer the Genesis over a Dot, etc.

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 04:36:22 PM »
No biggie, I have the same impression of the Genesis...."ugly". If I where to get anything, I'd be an Epi ES-339, but I'm done.

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 01:24:16 AM »
The seller was willing to come down to $350. I felt I'd be crazy to pass up a Gibson for that price, so it ships tomorrow.

http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/creekster52/media/1997Hawkbody.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/creekster52/media/1997GibsonHawk.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2013, 12:57:55 AM »
Congrats! New Guitar Day is always...

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 03:13:02 PM »
Cool, congrats!
I don't think I've ever seen one of those.

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Re: 1997 Gibson "The Hawk"
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 03:47:39 PM »
Dude, that's nice!