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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany. The luthiers in Gibson’s Montana plant carefully select the grain orientation of the mahogany used for necks to optimize tone and sustain. Neck Species
Tonal Characteristics
The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the superior resonance, sustain, and overall tone of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard.
Neck Profile
The neck of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard is carved to a rounded profile for optimum speed and comfort. Neck Profile
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.
Gibson uses a compound dovetail joint fixed with hot-hide glue to attach the neck of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard to the body at the 14th fret. This technique, traditional in cabinet making and high-end luthiery, creates a joint with strength superior to that of a single piece of wood.
Joint Angle
3° (+/- 15 seconds)
Headstock Angle (Pitch)
Like many classic Gibson models, the Songwriter Deluxe Standard’s headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees. This subtle yet crucial element of the guitar’s design 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, which equals better sustain.
Truss Rod
Gibson’s traditional truss rod, found in nearly all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. Truss Rod
The vintage script Gibson logo is inlaid in mother-of-pearl across the top of a traditional advanced jumbo-style headstock, with a traditional mother-of-pearl crown in the center of the headstock’s face.Logo
Hot-hide glue is used to attach the dovetail joint, which is the traditional glue used to construct many of the greatest acoustic guitars of the 20th century.
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The Songwriter Deluxe Standard’s maple-bound fingerboard is made from a choice piece of ebony, a wood long considered an upgrade in high-end acoustic guitars.
The guitars 20 frets (14 clear of the body) are made from Gibson Montana’s standard fret wire, a medium-jumbo wire made from a nickel alloy for excellent tonal clarity. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
Ebony fingerboards have been the choice for high-end instruments for more than a century. This dense, hard wood is not only long-wearing, but contributes added clarity and complexity to the overall sound of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard’s voice.
To make the Songwriter Deluxe Standard superbly playable, Gibson employs a compound 12”-16” fingerboard radius that flattens out more as you move up the neck. This design offers the perfect blend of easy chording at the lower frets and flawless lead-line work higher up.
The fingerboard of the Songwriter Deluxe Standard carries Gibson’s original mother-of-pearl “Diamond-Eye” inlays in the traditional positions, up to the 17th fret. Inlays
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Songwriter Deluxe Standard is approximately 1.725”, which affords the finger space demanded by countless accomplished acoustic artists.
Nut Material
The Songwriter Deluxe Standard carries a bone nut, a traditional component of quality flat-top acoustic guitars. Nut Material