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Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar  

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        A sleek design with AAA flamed top and HSH pickups with coil-splitting.

        Resembling its larger Les Paul cousin but with more defined curves, the Nighthawk has become a cult favorite since it was discontinued in 1999, after only 6 years in production. The original Gibson Nighthawk was conceived in response to the demand for a more modern silhouette and a multitude of tone options. The Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar features a gorgeous non-arched AAA maple top on a bound, thin-contoured, single-cutaway body and a 22-fret bound rosewood fretboard on a set mahogany neck.

        You get an expanded range of tone options with the HSH pickup configuration consisting of a Slant NHT bridge humbucker, NSX single-coil middle pickup, and NHR mini-humbucker along with a 5-way pickup selector and push/pull coil-splitting for the humbuckers. Case sold separately.

        Features
        • Mahogany body
        • AAA flamed maple top
        • Mahogany neck
        • SlimTaper D neck profile
        • Rosewood fretboard
        • 22 frets
        • 25-1/2" scale
        • 12" radius
        • Slant NHT bridge humbucker (4-conductor)
        • NSX single-coil middle pickup
        • NHR mini-humbucker (4-conductor)
        • 5-way pickup selector
        • Master Tone, Master Volume, Push/Pull coil-splitting
        • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge
        • Grover tuners
        • Nickel hardware
        • Case sold separately
         
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        EpiphoneNighthawk Electric Guitar
         
        4.8

        (based on 58 reviews)

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        • 4 Stars

           

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        • 3 Stars

           

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        96%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Fun to play (21)
        • Good feel (21)
        • Good tone (21)
        • Good pick up (15)
        • Solid electronics (14)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming (18)
          • Practicing (13)
          • Recording (13)
          • Small venues (12)
          • Rock concerts (9)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Experienced (15), Professional musician (6)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Great guitar & endles tone possibilities

          Incredible! I bought the Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue last week, the guitar is amazing.

          I'm 50 years old and have owned 3 Gibson LP's, 75 LP Deluxe, 80 LP...Read complete review

          Incredible! I bought the Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue last week, the guitar is amazing.

          I'm 50 years old and have owned 3 Gibson LP's, 75 LP Deluxe, 80 LP Custom and a 99 LP Smartwood. I have also owned a mid 80s American made Strat, 82 Ibanez Destroyer II and a 83 Ibanez 335 Style semi-hollow body. My point being I have owned a number of guitars that are all professional quality. Unfortunatly I don't own any of those anymore. I do own an 81 Alvarez Yari DY51 Acoustic and a 11 Epi LP Custom Blackback. The Blackback is a great guitar and I'm very happy with the quality of it.

          That brings me to the Epi Nighthawk Custom Reissue. As I stated in the first paragraph its and amazing guitar.

          The build of this guitar is as good as any other guitar I have ever owned, quality, quality, quality. I have never owned a guitar that didn't need a setup right out of the box this one doesn't, the action and intonation are perfect. The pickups on this are killer and are hugely responsive to how hard you hit them or backoff the volume control. Epiphone says that with the 3 pickups, the 5 way selector switch and the coil splitter you have 9 different sounds from this guitar. I think if you know how to use the volume and tone controls effectively you can double that number. Epiphone specs on this guitar say the fretboard is Rosewood, it is as black as any Ebony I have seen and the grain is very tight unlike Rosewood. I'm not sure it is Ebony but I am very sure it is not Rosewood. Whatever it is it, looks great and whatever it adds to the tone, works.The bridge with it individual string height and length adjustment make for a perfectly in-tune guitar. The tuners are Grovers, they feel great and do what they are supposed to do. The Mother of Pearl inlays are beautiful and the Nickel (not chrome) hardware really gives the guitar a classy look. When I originally saw this page on the web site I liked all the colors but the Honeyburst. When I started looking at these in stores the Honeyburst looks nothing like it does pictured here. The picture here is yellow tone and actually the guitar is more of a burnt orange tone, It reminds me of the fall colors I'm seeing outside. It is the color I bought and after seeing all the different finishes I think its the best looking.

          I would recomend this guitar to anyone who is playing or wants to play guitar, this has got to be one of the best values you will find with any brand of guitar. Just to be clear I am not saying this is an amazing guitar for the price, I am saying its an amazing guitar AND an amazing price.

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Not really all that impressed at all. Rather disappointed, actually.

          I'll have to change the controls, change the bridge pickup, and add some mass to the rear of the guitar in order to make it a player. Too much work that should have...Read complete review

          I'll have to change the controls, change the bridge pickup, and add some mass to the rear of the guitar in order to make it a player. Too much work that should have been done at the factory. I a good deal on this guitar, but after all the mods I'll have to do to get it sounding decent I'd have been money ahead by ordering some Seymore Duncan pickups and just taking a router and soldering iron to one of my junky old Kramers. Doing that would have gotten me the same switching capabilities without the investment in this Epiphone.
          I mostly play Gibsons and Peaveys, but I like a single coil sound so I bought a nice Strat. I can't play it the way I usually do my Gibsons and Peaveys because my struming hand hits the volume knob and turns it down. I saw this Epiphone guitar and thought "A Gibson style body and a set neck with Fender switching? I'll take it!" The volume knob is in exactly the same relative location to the bridge pickup as is the one on a Strat, so I still have the same inadvertently-turning-it-down problem. The balance is bad (it's neck-heavy) which makes it annoying to play for long periods. I do like the single/dual coil switching possibilities, but the pickups in humbucker mode are really muddy (probably the pots and caps, see below) and eally can't be made to sound balanced. In single-coil mode they work much better. The controls designer apparently forgot to take the single/dual coil change in impedance into account when figureinout what pots and caps to use.
          Luthierwork, fit, and finish are pretty good, or at least as good as I could expect from Indonesia. No finish flaws I've found yet. There was some weird residue on the pickup surrounds which took a lot of effort to clean off. Pots are absolute junk and (with the caps) are mismatched to the pickup impedance in humbucker mode. They will be immediately replaced with some properly-spec'd decent quality parts.
          For the cost of this I expected better quality hardware and electronics. The value rating is reduced because of the necessity of replacing the controls and pickups in order to make the guitar sound proper. Will probably replace the slanted humbucker with the Seymore Duncan JB. I would not take this guitar on stage without replacing the controls and at least the bridge pickup.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Great Guitar At Any Price

          By awedmuse

          from Central California

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Lightweight
          • Really Well Built
          • Solid Electronics
          • Versitile

          Cons

          • A Bit Head Heavy

          Best Uses

          • All Needs
          • Concerts
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

          Regardless of price, this is a great guitar. Only minimal setup was needed. This plays as well and sounds as good a my guitars 10 times a expensive. A nice surprise

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An amazing guitar

          By Harmonica 4$

          from Glenwood Springs, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

            The Nighthawk is a perfect blend of humbucker and single coil pick-ups. The humbucker give a deep sound while the single coil pot switch opens up the high treble tones. The Nighthawk sounds great with a larger amp as well as a small practice amp. The versatility is amazing. I have only begun to discover what it can do.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome addition to the family

            By Nate

            from Cabot, AR

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • GREAT sound

            Cons

            • 15 Day Registration Limit

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

            Great guitar. Neck feels great, the pickups sound great, the finish is just awesome. I am really pleased with the quality of this guitar for the price that I paid. I was hesitant to purchase after I read other reviews, but looked at the dates of those reviews and decided to trust that they fixed those issues by now. They did, no problems in the finish at all. No issues with the electronics, everything has great tone with no issues. It is neck heavy, but it's a Nighthawk, they are supposed to be neck heavy. I hesitate to call this an entry level guitar, it's really above it's paygrade.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Bargain

            By H

            from Hawaii

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Playing

              Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

              I like everything about this guitar. The looks, the sound, the playability. I like the binding and especially that the first fret has an inlay.
              Nine pickup settings, all sound good. If you're the type that needs to change pickups you can make this different but you can't make it better. All the pups sound good. There's a tone there for anyone. Some comment that they don't find the coil splitting very useful but I like it between either 2 pickups. Anyway if you can't get this guitar to sound good then it's your amp. I'll probably use 5 of 9 settings but I use 2 of 5 settings on my strat so this guitar offers plenty of choices.
              Setup is fine, I was prepared to change the strings right away but the ones that came on it sound and play fine so I'll leave them for now. I just had to tune it up and go. Stays tuned well.
              I don't know why I took so long to pull the trigger. I've wanted one of these since I first saw it. But I'm almost leery of such a fantastic bargain! Why doesn't this cost twice as much? I'm amazed what what just a little scrilla can get you here.

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              5.0

              Swiss army knife of guitars

              By guitarman

              from rhode island

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

                this is the swiss army knife of guitars. Great guitar which only needs two things to reach its potential. Primarily it needs a set up. It plays poorly out of the box. Spend 15 minutes and your good to go. Secondly it needs new strings. Why does epiphone use such horrible horrible strings? Seriously I get they are looking to save a few pennies but seriously. I Initially thought the pickups were garbage. I spent all this time looking for replacement pickups but then did a set up and changed strings to my favorite set of 10's. The guitar just came alive. No need for new pickups and a cheap fix
                Only other con is the 5 way switch seems a bit cheap. I'll wait until it fails it is fine now
                In short this is a great guitar out of the box which only needs new strings and a new set up. Now I would have no hesitation playing out with this beast

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                QUALITY IS BACK

                By BROTHER BAW

                from LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great Finish
                • Killer Value
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Professional gigs
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

                  TO GET A COMPARABLE GUITAR WITH A GIBSON NAMEPLATE YOU WOULD HAVE TO SPEND A COUPLE OF GRAND AND STILL GET A LEMON. I TOOK IT OUT OF THE BOX, TUNED IT,PUT IT IN A GIG BAG AND TOOK IT TO A GIG, WITH NO PROBLEMS AND NOTHING BUT PRAISE FROM MUSICIANS IN THE AUDIENCE.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent buy!

                  By JJKGuitar

                  from Syracuse, NY

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Tuners Aren't Perfect

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Nice Live Act Guitar
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this guitar a couple years ago at my locally owned music store. They were a Gibson/Epiphone dealer. One of the store owners, a guy who's opinion I trust was sitting down with the guitar riffing away. He asked me to check it out.
                  I had seen the Gibson version before and actually didn't like the look of it. But when I sat down the play it responded immediately. You know how some guitars are ergonomically suited to a player? This one felt like my guitar right away. I put it through some paces, clean at first and then gradually digging in for more grit. It didn't seem to have a weak area. The whole neck was true and played nicely. The factory set up was well done. I was pleasantly surprised.
                  Being a Strat user, I took to the five position switch right away. All five settings offered something substantial. Then my pal at the store told me about the tap switch and I was even more surprised. I didn't find those options to be as useful at the first sitting, but I thought that, given time, I could find something functional there.
                  Then, I got the biggest and best surprise. The price was unbelievably low. I figured that even if I used it for an "at home" guitar to leave out and play it would be well worth the price.
                  The next surprise was when I accidentally brought it to a gig. My Strat resides in a gig bag that's very close to the one I have the Nighthawk in. When I got to the show I was a little put off by the fact that I brought the wrong guitar to the gig. It's a pretty high energy band without a lot of time to dial in tone, especially when a solo was coming up quickly. To my immense pleasure, the Nighthawk performed beautifully! The range of tone I was able to access totally fit the bill. I stuck with what I knew using the five position switch from the Strat and the Nighthawk absolutely killed it.
                  I've used it a few times with that band, but not as much as I like because the band leader prefers the Strat tone for the show. (He runs a tight ship.) But I have used it with different groups I've worked with and it's never let me down.
                  The range of tonal options from clean funk to gritty blues and searing rock n roll is all there. And for the money, you can't go wrong.

                  My recommendation would be to pick one of these guitars up, even if you're going to use it at home. The value is superior.

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                  4.0

                  The New Fender Deluxe w/S-1 switching

                  By Jim Bob

                  from Minneapolis, MN

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • My New S-1 Stratocaster
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

                    I've given up on all Bolt On guitars. Fender Strats are comfortable to play with body countouring but the pickups are all too whimppy.
                    I'm putting 2 Fender Deluxe's in the case to will to my kids, 1 w/FLS Pickups (my Fav.) w/ added Villex 5db midrange boost input jack gives this one 5 more sounds close to what you here with a Deluxe w/S-1 switching, the other is a Deluxe with S-1 stitching. This Nighthawk is now my go to Stratocaster. No More Bolt on's 4 me. Till I break a headstock. Heaven forbid. Sounds good enough for live gig's & no risk of getting my American Fenders ripped off. I'll gig with this one, if it gets swipped, I'd get another one. I bought when they 1st came out & I do believe the early ones were specked with EBONY fretboard. At least that was in the MF discription early on. Now it says Rosewood fretboard. As far as it being made in Indonesia, I don't care where it' made as long as the QUALITY is there. I don't know about pots & caps that everone talks about but I wouldn't change anything on this guitar. Except Added All Parts Strap lock buttons.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Worth every penny.

                    By BRICK

                    from Jacksonville FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Coil Tapping
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

                      A great instrument! With the coil tapping you get it to sound like almost anything you want! you can get sort of a Strat sound with the coil tapped slanted humbucker, as well as full Les Paul like tones with the coil tapping off. The mini humbucker in the neck is also to die for. I've never really cared for humbuckers in the neck but this one is different! less muddy sounding more bright. This is a wonderful guitar. Dont waste more on a Gibson because this is a quality instrument. The finnish is also quite nice looking (i got the yellow with brown around the edges)

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Wish it was as good as "level 2"

                      By The Cisco Kid

                      from Midstate, Ct

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Weight Size
                      • Good Tone
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Description Inaccurate
                      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                      Best Uses

                      • ANY STYLE OF MUSIC

                      Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

                      This was a used guitar described with light scratches only. The neck is bowed so action is high, ends of frets are sharp and need filing and pickup switch is scratchy and should be replaced. Cost of repairs will put cost over price of a new guitar. That being said, this is a fantastic sounding guitar with 10 different pickup combinations that cover all the bases with good sustain and pounds lighter than my Les Paul. This one is going back, but I'll be saving for the gibson version. The only reason I don't recommend it is that you'd have to look for one that was of better quality..

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