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Neck and Headstock
The Dusk Tiger’s neck is made from one solid piece of mahogany, cut with a “quarter sawn” orientation for improved strength and resonance, and glued to the body at a 1.6-degree angle. Mahogany is one of the best traditional woods for Gibson electric guitar necks and is an excellent partner to the marblewood and mahogany body.
Gibson’s traditional truss rod is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The Dusk Tiger’s heritage is displayed by its inlaid mother of pearl Gibson logo, one of the most globally recognized logos in the history of the electric guitar.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortise & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested technique has been used for millennia in all the great woodworking arts — from shipbuilding to cabinetry — to create one solid wood unit from two separate sections, and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the instrument was made from a single piece of wood.
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
The Dusk Tiger carries an dark, tightly grained, ebony fingerboard. The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
The Dusk Tiger sports 22 frets, all dressed and polished for a smooth feel and optimum playability. Ebony fingerboards are known for their precise, well-defined tone and outstanding note clarity, which adds an air of precision to the Dusk Tiger’s overall depth, warmth and richness.
The neck on the Dusk Tiger is carved to a slim and extremely comfortable profile, running from a depth of 0.800” at the 1st fret to 0.875” at the 12th fret.
The Dusk Tiger headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, giving you the best sustain.
The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
The fingerboard carries unique acrylic Tiger-Fang inlays at the 5th and 12th frets, which help to give its dark ebony fingerboard a sleek, exotic appearance. Full side-dot position markers are also included at the traditional positions.
The nut on the Dusk Tiger is made from a special black Teflon-based material known as Tefzell, which allows for smoother and faster tuning action.
It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson’s PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing. The width of the nut is approximately 1.695”.