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Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar  

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    Takes the classic LP Studio design and shifts gears—blasting it into new realms of supersonic shredability.

    The Epiphone Nightfall electric guitar features a smooth, satin-finish hard maple neck with Epiphone's thin SpeedTaper "D" profile. The hard maple neck is fitted with a premium ebony fingerboard for smooth, long-lasting performance, while providing more clarity and pop than a weasel in HD.

    The sturdy Epiphone Nightfall guitar neck makes it the perfect companion for the black, double-locking Floyd Rose® Special tremolo. The body is routed out beneath the tremolo, allowing you to raise the pitch up to 2-1/2 steps or dive-bomb until your strings go slack. It's combined with an R4 locking nut for improved tuning stability.

    With the raging duo of an EMG-HZ-4A in the bridge and an HZ-4 in the neck, your solos will melt faces and your rhythms will be as chunky as homemade peanut butter. The passive pickups on the Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall do an incredible job of emulating their active counterparts—the EMG-81 and 85—yet require no batteries, so you'll never have to worry about showing up to a gig with dead pups. Each of these nearly silent 'buckers is wired to allow coil-splitting via push/pull potentiometers on both volume controls. This gives you a total of 8 tones when combined with the 3-way toggle—from shrieking, eyebrow-piercing freq-outs to chest-caving bass blasts.

    Other features on the Epiphone Les Paul guitar include Grover machine heads, abalone inlay on the 12th fret, and Epiphone's own StrapLocks.

    Features

    • Body: Mahogany
    • Neck: Hard maple
    • Neck shape: SpeedTaper "D" profile
    • Neck Joint: Set
    • Scale: 24-3/4"
    • Fingerboard: Ebony with 12th-fret abalone inlay
    • Neck pickup: Passive EMG-HZ-4 humbucker
    • Bridge pickup: Passive EMG-HZ-4A humbucker
    • Controls: 3-way pickup selector, neck pickup volume with push/pull coil-splitting, bridge pickup volume with push/pull coil-splitting, neck pickup tone, bridge pickup tone
    • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
    • Bridge: Floyd Rose® Special tremolo with locking R4 nut
    • Nut Width: 1-11/16" (R4 nut)
    • Hardware: Black
    • Machine Heads: Grover 14:1 ratio
    • Finish: Gloss body and satin neck

    Put the kids to bed, Nightfall has arrived. Order today.

     
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    EpiphoneLes Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (4)
    • Solid electronics (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (3)
      • Recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid Piece of Axe

      I played this axe for about 10 months now and found if you like heavy metal but want a classic feel and tone to your axe, it's a solid buy. I'm not much of...Read complete review

      I played this axe for about 10 months now and found if you like heavy metal but want a classic feel and tone to your axe, it's a solid buy. I'm not much of a metal guy myself, but this axe maintains its Les Paul versatility, so for me it's a keeper.
      Its sound and tone are exactly what I expected from it's appearance: Nice and deep like a Les Pual but plenty of grit and drive from the passive EMGs. The pickups actually maintain their warmth and depth when clean as well.
      My favorite feature is the coil split. It gives you plenty of tonal options and sets it apart from the features available on other heavy metal axes in the same price range. My only critique is the satin finish on the neck was nice but began to wear off after 3 months. However, this can easily be fixed with Finger Ease. Get a comfy strap and Dunlop StrapLocks; it's very well built but it's very heavy too, even for a Les Paul.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I hate this thing.

      I can't tell you how excited I was when the Fedex guy dropped off the box at my house. I can't tell you how disappointed I was by the end of the evening. The...Read complete review

      I can't tell you how excited I was when the Fedex guy dropped off the box at my house. I can't tell you how disappointed I was by the end of the evening. The tremolo does work as promised. Once set up by a professional, this thing won't drop out of tune unless you spend the whole evening dive-bombing with the whammy bar. It is difficult to set up, but what Floyd Rose'd guitar isn't? Now for the bad. It does "stay in tune," meaning you get the same reading at the end of your session as you do at the beginning in any given position, BUT the neck of mine has a twist in it. There is no way to get this thing even close to studio-worthy. We're talking like perfect E on open, almost a nickel off by C# kind of twisted. I've taken it to 3 different places thinking it was just me (1 professional luthier) but none have been able to fix the issue with the neck. Two of them said, "That's to be expected from an Epiphone." Well, if that's true, then I would never buy any Epiphone again. The pickups are VERY weak. The crunchiest sound I have been able to get out of it would be kind of a Zakk Wylde "Ozzy Live And Loud" sound. This for a guitar probably meant to appeal to metalheads. In fact, I took this over to play with some friends who were jamming on country, and after a rendition of "Folsom Prison Blues," they complimented me on the sound of it. However, try to up the gain, use a distortion pedal, etc, you sound like one of those kids with a Squier Strat trying to play Nirvana on a 10W beginner amp. I've fooled with pickup height and so have the luthier and the local guitar shops--there is no way to fix the sound without changing the pickups, so don't be impressed that they say "EMG" on them. They do sound great in a clean tone setting. Buddy Holly would be proud. The pull pots do a decent job of helping you mimic more of a Stevie Ray Vaughan kind of sound. I would only recommend this to a rhythm guitarist for an oldies cover band, but for the money, one could get a decent F-hole instead. If you're thinking of really tearing it up on some old Metallica, Pantera, or heaven forbid, any of that deathcore junk, DO NOT BUY THIS ONE!

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      4.0

      My Name Is Floyd

      By benpal

      from Tucson

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

          I'm a bass player, so I had a Squire Affinity Stratocaster on the side, which made this Les Paul Studio a nice upgrade for me.

          Excellent wood, great hardware, good tone and sustain, and super stylish all in black.

          The biggest surprise was the Floyd Rose Tremolo...

          The first time I fiddled with it, a string popped out, and I thought I'd broken a string. I didn't know the ball ends were snipped off to insert into the bridge.

          After tuning it correctly and locking the nut, I was really impressed with the vibrato. Super good. You can go crazy on the whammy bar and it stays in tune.

          The Floyd sticks up a little higher than a Strat standard tremolo. If you typically rest your hand on the bridge, you might find this bridge with the fine-tuners sticking up in the air can get in the way.

          Also, leaning on the bridge can move it, although that might be something that can be adjusted by adding a spring or whatever, I'm not sure.

          The coil splitting humbuckers don't sound QUITE as live and nasty as a real single coil, to my ear. But they sound great.

          Also, if you're used to a Strat, the Les Paul body is not contoured to your body. The Les Paul shape is more square and the top edge of the guitar can kind of cut into your ribs.

          But in all real respects, this is a GREAT ax for a recreational guitar player like me. It sounds great and looks great. Rock!

          More info -- http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Les-Paul-Nightfall.aspx

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid Piece of Axe

          By VAP19

          from Toledo, OH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Epiphone Straplocks

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

          I played this axe for about 10 months now and found if you like heavy metal but want a classic feel and tone to your axe, it's a solid buy. I'm not much of a metal guy myself, but this axe maintains its Les Paul versatility, so for me it's a keeper.
          Its sound and tone are exactly what I expected from it's appearance: Nice and deep like a Les Pual but plenty of grit and drive from the passive EMGs. The pickups actually maintain their warmth and depth when clean as well.
          My favorite feature is the coil split. It gives you plenty of tonal options and sets it apart from the features available on other heavy metal axes in the same price range. My only critique is the satin finish on the neck was nice but began to wear off after 3 months. However, this can easily be fixed with Finger Ease. Get a comfy strap and Dunlop StrapLocks; it's very well built but it's very heavy too, even for a Les Paul.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best.Guitar.I've.Ever.Played

          By 1313 Arterial Ave.

          from Waco, Tx

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Makes You Cooler
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

            I've been playing for 15 years - played lots of guitars, owned lots of guitars - I ordered this on a whim, because I have always wanted a LP and never had the cash in hand to buy one when a good sale was going down - to be quite honest I've only played one other LP in my LIFE....so, coming from odd-shaped, V, and ML body styles (BC Rich & Washburn, mainly) - the guitar took a bit of getting used to sitting in my lap - I hold the guitar between my knees and play it straight up and down - unlike a "V" body or ML that rests on my right thigh...I had to totally get used to it - BUT - I adjusted just fine and the guitar plays like a dream - My wife's Alexi 600SE was my most coveted instrument and played better than any guitar I've messed with...until the Nightfall came along - best of all about these guitars: They are so versatile and will compliment ANY style of music you play - from country to jazz to metal!! Everything is solid - Trem stays in tune, pickups sound ridiculously good - and I play death/black metal...body is solid and HEAVY - and the neck is immaculate! The coil-tapping is a nice feature to have also - really get some good Strat-style sounds out of it! I wouldn't change a thing about this fiddle! I love this guitar - and I plan on buying another one real soon! You need this fiddle!!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Love It!

            By LR

            from Michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              I own multiple vintage Fenders and Gibsons and this is quickly becoming my favorite. I have been playing individualy and in groups for over 50 years and I thoroughly enjoy this guitar. I have no complaints at all.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I hate this thing.

              By NightfallsSuck

              from Georgia

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Looks good
              • Stays in tune once set up

              Cons

              • Breaks a lot of strings
              • Hard to set up
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • Poor sound for metal

              Best Uses

              • Playing country

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              I can't tell you how excited I was when the Fedex guy dropped off the box at my house. I can't tell you how disappointed I was by the end of the evening. The tremolo does work as promised. Once set up by a professional, this thing won't drop out of tune unless you spend the whole evening dive-bombing with the whammy bar. It is difficult to set up, but what Floyd Rose'd guitar isn't? Now for the bad. It does "stay in tune," meaning you get the same reading at the end of your session as you do at the beginning in any given position, BUT the neck of mine has a twist in it. There is no way to get this thing even close to studio-worthy. We're talking like perfect E on open, almost a nickel off by C# kind of twisted. I've taken it to 3 different places thinking it was just me (1 professional luthier) but none have been able to fix the issue with the neck. Two of them said, "That's to be expected from an Epiphone." Well, if that's true, then I would never buy any Epiphone again. The pickups are VERY weak. The crunchiest sound I have been able to get out of it would be kind of a Zakk Wylde "Ozzy Live And Loud" sound. This for a guitar probably meant to appeal to metalheads. In fact, I took this over to play with some friends who were jamming on country, and after a rendition of "Folsom Prison Blues," they complimented me on the sound of it. However, try to up the gain, use a distortion pedal, etc, you sound like one of those kids with a Squier Strat trying to play Nirvana on a 10W beginner amp. I've fooled with pickup height and so have the luthier and the local guitar shops--there is no way to fix the sound without changing the pickups, so don't be impressed that they say "EMG" on them. They do sound great in a clean tone setting. Buddy Holly would be proud. The pull pots do a decent job of helping you mimic more of a Stevie Ray Vaughan kind of sound. I would only recommend this to a rhythm guitarist for an oldies cover band, but for the money, one could get a decent F-hole instead. If you're thinking of really tearing it up on some old Metallica, Pantera, or heaven forbid, any of that deathcore junk, DO NOT BUY THIS ONE!

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice, surprised me.

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              I was pleasantly surprised on how well Epi did with a Floyd Rose, the neck suits it perfectly, ebony, flat with big frets. Great workmanship and painting on the guitar, the pickups are just OK, if I start playing it a bunch I'll probably swap them out but everything else is perfect.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My 2 cents

              By Steve Ison

              from Ohio

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              Overall this is a very nice instrument, only plan on having to set it up properly yourself or by a qualified tech. The neck is nice and flat, but rather a bit wider than other les paul styles I have played. The string spacing is also a bit wider due to the floyd, rather than a tune-o-matic.

              If you like to play metal lead or ryth you will probably want to invest in a better bridge pickup. Anyone else would probably be fine with the passive EMG.

              This is one of the few les paul style guitars I have seen outfitted with a floyd, and one of the main reasons I bought it. And yes the bar is a bit undersized, you will have to give it one wrap of something to tighten it up.
              Double locking nut, floyd, coil splitting, ebony fretboard, ect. What more could you want?

              The guitar is quite heavy and unfortunately quite thick up high on the neck. Some people might find it difficult to reach some of the high notes on the lower strings. I do.
              I gave this a 6 because the guitar I got for some strange reason had a locking nut that was WAY too high to the point of being impossible to tune properly. I had to remove the nut, which was screwed and glued, grind it down and then shim it to the proper height. After doing that though, it plays super sweet now near the first few frets. Also the action was set super high, like a half inch off the board.

              As others have mentioned, the pickups are kinda of tame. Not bad sounding, but fairly tame output wise. I plan on putting in something else in the bridge position. The neck position is ok IMO.
              I give this a 9 because for the money, it is quite a good value.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              Fantastic guitar at a fantastic price. My only recommendation would be to include a hard-shell case with this guitar. This guitar deserves the protection it would provide during shipment. Overall, a great guitar.
              The Floyd Rose tremolo and EMG pickups are a great touch to a great guitar! They play and sound fantastic!
              After looking the guitar over from top to bottom, I was very impressed at the workmanship. This is my second Epiphone Les Paul, and I'm sure it won't be my last. No flaws, dings, or scratches. The glossy black finish was impressive. This guitar plays great and very little tuning was necessary after it arrived.
              With the cost for even a lower end Gibson Les Paul frequently exceeding $1,000, this is a very worthwhile and high quality alternative. At half the cost (or less) than the Gibsons, this guitar provides just as much power and punch while not costing an arm and a leg. Excellent choice for both the rookie and experienced guitar players.

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              (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall

              By SaxMan93

              from Southeast Missouri

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              Overall the guitar is a great buy. Everything is in nearly perfect shape, but for the price you couldn't get much better. Would I replace it if it broke or was stolen? Probably not. I'd probably go with a similarly priced Ibanez. Why? Because I hadn't realized how much the quality of their guitars had increased until buying an RG for my brother, and seeing that even the base models play extremely well and have great features. Do I recommend buying this guitar? Definitely. Just remember, it's a Les Paul, and plays like a Les Paul. Oh, and I forgot to mention this really sweet sticker on the back that says "Limited Edition/Epiphone Custom Shop" and you get a complete detail sheet from whoever set it up at the Epi Custom Shop.
              Overall, the features were great. Perfectly straight neck, level tremolo, coil splitting capabilities, locking nut works perfectly, and the keys needed are all conveniently attached to the back of the headstock. Under further inspection and playing, some flaws and quirks are noticeable. Just a tip, unless you're ONLY playing metal type things, you'll want to replace the pickups soon. They don't have any headroom or dynamics, and stifle individual string voices, so the same note on different strings sounds as if a guitar synth played the same note twice. Coil-splitting fixes this a little, but still almost no "twang." Alternatively, the Floyd is AMAZING. Don't listen to all of the trem-hating reviews out there. This guitar will NEVER get very far out of tune if you know how to work a floyd, and string changing, for me, is even easier than on a fixed bridge.
              The guitar looks and feels great. the finish is smooth and shiny, the neck has a satin finish, so if you play solos that include slides, you'll want to get some fingerease or the like. The paint was almost perfect except for a bubble in the cutaway area, and another on the back. Although, the paint is EXTREMELY durable.
              This is a FANTASTIC guitar for the price. Nice, chunky neck, sweet sustain, great frets

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              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              good job epiphone

              By errro

              from New york

              Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Nightfall Electric Guitar:

              I bought this guitar around the holidays in 2010 and I have had a great experience with it the neck and the pickups really compliment this guitar and the push/pull potentiometers are a nice touch. Over all great guitar.

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