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Gibson re-release Kirk Douglas SG in new finishes

Gibson re-release Kirk Douglas SG in new finishes  ·  Source: Stars Music/Gibson

Gibson is re-issuing the eye-catching 2013 Kirk Douglas SG model this year. Named for the guitarist of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots, it’s undergone a few subtle finish changes. As yet, the guitar has yet to be officially announced by Gibson, but it has been popping up on dealer sites around the world over the last few days.

Gibson Kirk Douglas SG

Originally, this Gibson Kirk Douglas signature SG was a run of only 400 guitars back in 2013. Now Gibson is re-issuing the guitar in two new finishes, Ebony and Inverness Green. This SG has a solid mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard and comes fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets. You also get a Kirk Douglas signature “Captain” Lyre Tail Vibrola along with an aluminium Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge. All the hardware on the Ebony model is gold plated and is paired with with a black pickguard, while the Inverness Green version sports a white pickguard and nickel hardware.

Gibson Kirk Douglas SG in Inverness Green

Gibson Kirk Douglas SG in Inverness Green

Gibson Kirk Douglas SG in Ebony

Gibson Kirk Douglas SG in Ebony

Triple Humbucker

This SG comes with three (!) Gibson BurstBucker pickups, with a BurstBucker 1 in the neck position, a BurstBucker 2 in the middle and a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge. The guitars controls consist of a master tone control, plus individual volume controls with push/pull coil splitting for each of the three pickups. You also get coil splits on all three pickups via push/pull knobs, so you have a shed ton of tones in this one guitar.

Kirk Douglas with sis new signature Gibson SGs

Kirk Douglas with sis new signature Gibson SGs


New 2021 Kirk Douglas SG appears to be retailing for somewhere in the $2499/£2199/ €2809 price range on various Gibson dealer sites, but hasn’t officially been announced by Gibson yet. So any of the specifications we’ve listed above could change once we get official details. I’ll update the information once Gibson officially launches this model, hopefully later this week.

UPDATE 20/01/02

It has now been officially release by Gibson and Kirk says this about his signature SG.

“What I love about the Gibson SG is I am able to get my Les Paul tones and I’m able to get the single coil pickup tones, this guitar is extremely versatile, and by utilizing the pull up feature on each volume knob you can get a lot of tones,” Douglas said. “I find with the SG you are able to get a lot of different musical colors, all out of this one guitar.”

We also got an official Gibson video with him taking us through the model and describing how he got his neck profile for his new signature model, plus one insights into why the SG and about the two colour variations. So a neat watch and I would recommend you take a look.


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