Captain Kirk Douglas

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Captain Kirk Douglas
Captain Kirk Douglas 7-20-2008.jpg
Douglas in 2008
Background information
Birth nameKirk Douglas
Born (1973-09-30) September 30, 1973 (age 48)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Neo soul
Alternative rock
Years active1993–present

"Captain" Kirk Douglas (born September 30, 1973) is an American guitarist and singer who performs with the hip hop band The Roots.[1] He joined The Roots in 2003. His first album with The Roots was 2004's The Tipping Point, where he split guitar duties with Martin Luther and Anthony Tidd. By the release of their 2006 album Game Theory, he had assumed the role as sole guitarist for the band. As a vocalist, he serves as the band's primary melodic singer, sharing duties with American rapper Black Thought.



On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Douglas mainly uses a Gibson CS-356, a black custom Gibson Les Paul, or a custom Gibson SG. He owns more than fifteen electric guitars, including a Gibson Goldtop (given to him by Vernon Reid), a Gibson Dusk Tiger and his favorite: a '61 Epiphone Crestwood. In 2013, Gibson began producing the "Captain Kirk" Custom SG. He also owns an acoustic Gibson J-200 and a Gibson Hummingbird.[2] In honor of what would have been Roy Orbison's 75th birthday, Kirk played Orbison's signature Gibson ES-335 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, April 25, 2011.

The Crestwood had its headstock broken in March 2013 when Prince threw it in the air following his performance of "Bambi" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Prince had admired the guitar (which Douglas had planned to play at a Prince tribute concert) and asked to borrow it for his performance.[3] Douglas said, "Right after this happened I went right into the control room and he was there and he apologized and he said he would take care of it."[4]


  1. ^ Klimek, Chris (December 31, 2009). "At Roots' 9:30 show, the hits keep coming". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ November 2010, Gibson New York City Showroom interview with Captain Kirk Douglas
  3. ^ McGovern, Kyle (March 16, 2013). "In Dick Move, Prince Smashes Other Guy's Guitar on 'Fallon'". Spin. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Douglas, Kirk (May 1, 2013). "Kirk Douglas: The Epiphone Interview" (Interview). Interviewed by Epiphone. Retrieved March 13, 2016.