Gibson Announces Reissue of “Captain” Kirk Douglas Signature SG

Gibson "Captain" Kirk Douglas SG
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Gibson has announced a reissue of the “Captain” Kirk Douglas Signature SG. 

Notable for its trio of Burstbucker humbuckers, the Roots/Late Night with Jimmy Fallon guitarist's signature axe was first released – in a limited-edition run – in 2013. Now, the guitar is back with two striking new finishes – Inverness Green and Ebony.

The custom SG is built with a rosewood fingerboard on a SlimTaper mahogany neck, a Graph Tech nut, Keystone tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge, black Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and – one of its most prominent and unique flourishes – a "Captain" Lyre Tail Vibrola tailpiece.

Where the guitar really stands out though, is with its three humbuckers – a Burstbucker 1, 2, and 3. These are controlled by a three-way toggle – capable of selecting the bridge, neck, or both – and not one, not two, but three volume controls, each outfitted with a push/pull coil-split.

The impressive control set continues with a single master tone knob and a pickguard-mounted master volume, which is another new addition for the 2021 version of the 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 in a press release. “I find with the SG you are able to get a lot of different musical colors, all out of this one guitar.”

The Gibson “Captain” Kirk Douglas Signature SG will be available later this year for $2,499.

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