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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.

Sleek design with coil-splitting HSH pickup configuration and AAA flamed top.Similar to its larger cousin, the Les Paul, but with slightly more radical curves, the Nighthawk became a cult favorite after it was discontinued in 1999, only having been in production for 6 years. The original Gibson Nighthawk was designed to meet the demand for a wider variety of tone options and a more modern silhouette. Epiphone' Nighthawk features a stunning, non-arched AAA maple top on a thin-contoured, bound, single-cutaway body, with a 22-fret bound ebony fingerboard on a set mahogany neck. The HSH pickup configuration delivers an expanded range of tone options, with a Slant NHT bridge humbucker, NSX single-coil middle pickup, and NHR mini-humbucker. The 5-way pickup selector and push/pull coil-splitting pots on the humbuckers for that single-coil sparkle offer an incredible array of tonal possibilities.

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 59 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good feel (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (19)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (14)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Rock concerts (10)
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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.

Try this thing out!

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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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(34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Like It

By Robert Nitsch

from Orlando Florida

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

The Epiphone Nighthawk is a great option If you don't have the experience or $$$ for a high end quality guitar.
The tonal options are fantastic. The Binding, Mother of Pearl Inlays, Grover Tuners, set neck and string through body put together add up to a very pleasurable playing experience.
Mine is perfect.
I consider this guitar with its sound, playability and quality to be the type of guitar (not many do) that actually exceeds the price paid. It holds it tuning, the intonation was correct right out of the box, sound is awsome and it's look is definately high end.

(24 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Guitar, BUT ....

By JojoGunn

from Desert SW

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I like the guitar, and I WILL repair it, but be forewarned, this could be an issue with someone else like me who will be gigging with it regularly.
Excellent overall value and features.
I've been giving this guitar a good workout weekly for the past 3 months in the band I play in. It's not the best guitar I've played or own/owned (I currently own more than 50, from cheap to very expensive - vintage Fenders and Gibsons among them), but for the money, I feel that it's an amazing value.

Seems well built in general, BUT ... here's where my problems have arisen. This past week, I began to get microphonic feedback (that nasty high pitch squeal - even while not playing) when I got the gain up a bit (not just the volume, but even the overdrive/distortion - even at low volumes). By the next night, it was totally out of control, now to the point of unusable.

I realized that it is mainly the middle single coil, but also some on the slant HB. I use the middle/bridge (in non-coil tap mode) combination a lot, and therefore I will be moving to another guitar until I get this sorted out. I'm afraid that the bridge HB will continue to get worse as well, and I'm chalking it up to cost-cutting measures on this Chinese made model (I still believe that it's a lot of guitar for the money).

I am now in the search for a repair or replacement for the two pickups. I'm not sure that I want to approach the repair (myself or reputable tech), and Seymour Duncan makes a Bridge HB replacement only, but they need to be ordered, because no dealers have them in stock. Also, the middle p/u will need to be custom ordered and will take at least a month. They EACH run about $100. For those keeping score at home, that would mean a total investment of about $600 in this guitar (providing I do the installs myself).
The hit on the pickup replacement takes it down a few notches.

(24 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

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

By Steve Koontz

from Florida

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

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.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Gem

By Hobbes

from Wrightwood, ca

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I own a 93 Gibson nighthawk bought from MF, and a Gibson Blueshawk. This model lands somewhere between those two guitars. The build quality is actually better than my Blueshawk. the binding on the fretboard and around the headstock are excellent. The neck is great, the tuners are quality and hold pitch, my first gig proved that this guitar stays in tune and plays like a dream. Compared to the Gibson Nighthawk, the pickups are not as hot, but this is not a bad thing. This guitar has nine tones; and all are usable with a character unique to this guitar. Are the tones worse than the Gibson? No; I like this guitar very much, it is a tone machine, but it does sound different than my Gibson nighthawk. My previous main guitar was a Fender Strat. I also have a fender California deluxe tele. Of my five electric guitars (2 Gibson, 2 Fenders) this will become my main gigging guitar. The only negative to this guitar was one minute sanding flaw that is noticeable only on close inspection. No one will ever notice it besides me. Otherwise the guitar was remarkable. I have never owned an Epiphone before, and I was hesitant, but this guitar is remarkably well built. I am proud play it.the guitar was well set up on arrival, but of course, as we all do, I made adjustments to suit me, and now this guitar is awesome.The unique pick up arrangement, string through, longer scale length, set neck, angled headstock make for a guitar that serves up the best of gibson and Fender and makes you feel like your standing on stage with two guitars in one.Oh, I should say this too, although this is a non american made guitar, it sure doesn't seem like it. I don't see how Epiphone is maintaining this quality control, but it seems to be working, and make this a guitar a worthy investment.

(14 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nighthawk case

By BrockRock

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

If you look at the product/case table on Epiphone.com, you will see that this guitar fits the SG case 940-EGCS and not the LP case 940-ENLPCS. It can be wedged into the LP case ,but the SG case is the correct case. The sparse finish (can appear unfinished at first glance) between the fretboard and the rhythm pickup is just the way they are and not a production anomaly. Production quality issue - Yes. All three examples I ordered had the same finish issue. If I had known this than the first shipped guitar would have been acceptable. The second one shipped had nearly nonexistant finish on the same area. Had the selector switch not been intermittant and the sound not have been inferior to the first unit, it would have been a keeper. The third unit had the same finish issue but sounded better then try #2 and without the switching problems. Third times the charm and Musicians friend was great as usual. The guitar was worth the extra hassle, especially if one knows about the finish quality from the beginning. It really is a tiny area. I just thought it was a production hiccup at first. Also remember to send your warrantee card to Epiphone within 15 days to guarantee coverage. Thats 15 not 45 days. All said and done it's a honey of a guitar and crazy versatile.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great choice for versatility

By Greg

from WV

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I have only had this guitar for a little over a week but I recommend it to all levels of player . It will be my guitar of choice for rehearsal as well as live performance.
The variety of pickups and their combination of available sounds are outstanding for a guitar in this price range.
Fit and finish are amazing. I had purchased a Gibson melody maker that I returned the next day because the quality was not worth any price. The nighthawk build quality is far superior!
A lot of value for the money. The nighthawk looks, plays and feels like a more expensive guitar

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar & endles tone possibilities

By Stratles1

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Tone
  • Perfect Intonation
  • Responsive Pickups

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

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.

Try this thing out!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar With Great Range Of Tone

By Joe Bock

from New Jersey

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

As a guitar player, I like to play all different styles of music. This guitar had the perfect tone for any style I threw at it. Indie, Hard Rock, Reggae, Punk, Metal, Ect. Whatever style I played through my amp blew me away and I was impressed with the sound quality. The Nighthawk sounds excellent through a tube amp especially.
When I first saw the Nighthawk, I thought it was probably the ugliest looking guitar in the world, and I didn't want any part of it. However, out of curiosity I listened to demos on the guitar, and fell in love with its sound quality immediately.
When I received this guitar, the packaging was solid, and I received the guitar without a scratch or blemish. It was comfortable to play right out of the box, and in reality it isn't as ugly as it looks in the picture above.
I have 12 other guitars which I has spent more for, and I am impressed with the amount of range and tonality that comes out of this instrument. It is probably one of the cheaper and better sounding guitars out of my collection. I choose to use this guitar more than any of my others.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Moved to top of the pile.

By Randy Knowles

from Georgia

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

Would recommend to anyone, even people I like!
Super! Great! Fantastic! All that stuff. Filled a void in sounds. Pickups sound great for blues, rock, what ever. You can dial in most any tone you care to. The neck scale match with the body materials give it pop with sustain. Pre-ordered with the thoughts of changing pickups after it came in. Will not change a thing. Love it as is.
Fit and finish is great. First class all the way.
I have 3 or 4 Strats, 3 or 4 Gibson LPs of differing construction, 3 or 4 Reverends, a few Ibanez and a half dozen or so Epi's. New Epi's are excellent. They are comparable with any of the other gitars I have. They all sound and play great. You cannot beat them with anything even costing a couple of hundred bucks more.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must have

By GaBluesBoy

from Augusta, GA

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

Just received the Nighthawk. Fantastic guitar. Great sounds. Setup was fine out of the box. Beautiful guitar. I have many guitars from Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, Ibanez and Reverends. Probably have 3-8 of each and this guitar is as nice as any of them. Definitely a bargain. Would be a good deal at $600. Sounds awesome on a cranked tube amp. Highly recommend this guitar. Really hope to see Epi come out with a Blueshawk reissue.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nighthawk madness

By Apuche

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

Buy this.
Get this guitar. The finish, the playability, the sustain: unbelievable. You cannot believe how long the sustain is on a guitar this light. Very comfortable and affordable.

Comes decently set up from the factory, but the intonation came flat in all strings. Easy fix.

The neck is wide but thin. Very SGish and fast.

Won't go wrong with this one.
Great
So good

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

so close

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I drove an hour and a half to my nearest guitar center specifically to play this guitar, because i wanted something in between a strat and a paul to play some classic/blues rock, it could not handle either! I ended up playing this guitar for a grand total of 5 minutes before moving on. I couldn't find a single thing to pick on w/ this guitar until i plugged it in. There was an insanely annoying electrical buzzing and popping, even w/ the single coil deactivated and the amp dialed in clean. The sound I heard was NOT the input jack, cable, or the Marshall JCM i ran it through. Even w/ out that "sound" the pick-ups themselves were brittle and tinny. Epiphone I am begging you stop strapping dead and useless pups to good mahogany, maple, and ebony. Cutting corners on the only other major determinate of the tone of a guitar defeats the entire purpose.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Banshee Bee

By Manilishi

from Maine

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased an Epiphone Nighthawk. It is Inexpensive, but beautifully made and finished. Having read reviews I was prepared to swap out pickups. That's not going to happen since the guitar screams like a banshee bee. I own a Gibson L5S and a beautiful Strat, but this Epi has stolen their thunder. I lowered the action and the playability is exceptional. Tonal possibilities are varied, and the controls work great. The look and feel, sound, playablility and price make this a joy to own.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

really good for the money

By dookie1994

from Sussex, NJ

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Pros

  • Amazing quality
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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great for the money
  • Great tone variety
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Pickup issues when set up
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

it feels great and looks great. the neck is a slim feel it not super thick and fat. It has an SG feeling neck. The flamed maple on the top looks great, i have the fireburst one. The only problem i have is that the bridge and middle pickups are weak. at first i thought they didnt work at all but the people that put the guitar together didnt level them out. one side was almost inside the guitar while the other was near touching the strings. after that was sorted out the bridge works fine but the single in the middle is very weak with overdrive and doesnt work at all on a clean tone. i manily use the neck pickup so this isnt too much of a problem, but i like knowing everything on my guitar works. Overall i still absolutely love this guitar. it does sound amazing and its absolutely beautiful as well. The coil splitting lets you get stratocaster sounds from single pickups and the standard switching lets you get the deep power of a les paul. I highly recommend getting this instrument, just make sure to check the pickups first.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a unique and inexpensive alternative

By chosenfool

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

An oddball has come back, better than ever. A setneck 25 1/2 inch scale hybrid-aspiring guitar, clearly owing its scale and pickup/wiring configuration to the strat, while evoking the shape of a les paul. Oddly enough, it achieves neither in sound or feel, and instead forges its own unique tone. Do NOT expect to get strat in-between squawk tones - it doesnt have that at all (maybe barely). But its longer scale gives it a bit more twang, and much to my surprise, a real noticeable almost-endless acoustic sustain! I can hold a note and even with its relatively diminutive body, i can feel it vibrating away the sound from the strings. Maybe owed also to its thru-the-body stringing, but however its doing it, i am LOVING it!it does have some sharp frets, but mostly across the top, not the under side where most cuts will happen. But for under $400 this can be forgiven. any higher price and this workmanship is certainly UNforgiveable. The real grover tuners, the sweet binding, the pristine finish, are all topped off with the ornate crown inlays. Not lazy dots, not common split parallelograms. Theyre intricate CROWN inlays!One can argue that the pickups can use some changing - especially the chrome mini-humbucker. When coiltapped, it produces a very weak single coil sound. Thats easy to replace. But unfortunately the same cant be said of the bridge humbucker, owing to its angled configuration. To date, only one manufacturer makes a drop in replacement for the bridge and middle pickup (thanks Seymour Duncan!), but it will run you a good penny. Then again at $399, another $150 brings this guitar to a much more competitive sonic level, while still staying within a respectable price range.And if youre wondering, these are made in Indonesia, if youre averse to anything made elsewhere... ;-)Pick one up! i got two. :-)

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bargain

By H

from Hawaii

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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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

      (4 of 4 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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very pleased with this purchase!

      By Desert Creature

      from Tucson, AZ

      Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

      I've owned this guitar since February. Though the guitar arrived already set up, I did lower the action somewhat. I'm very pleased with the tonal variation, as this was the primary reason I selected it as my most recent purchase. It can purr, growl, and scream! The only complaint I had when first playing it was that the single coil pickup was a little too high, which affected any sweeping techniques I tried. This was a simple adjustment though, and was fixed with a few quick turns of a screwdriver. Took a total of maybe two minutes to adjust. This Guitar has quickly turned into one of my favorites. It has a very fast neck, and the balance is right on. Anyone on the fence about purchasing one of these should go for it! It's a great guitar.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Play before you pay

      By Mike McKean

      from Orlando, FL

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

      After missing the chance to own a Gibson Blueshawk, the new Nighthawk seems to have everything: light weight, beautiful wood finish, J200 inlays, real tonal choices, great price point...but that middle pickup is set so high that I hit it constantly whether down picking, cross picking or hybrid picking. My Strat middle pickup doesn't get in the way, the Gibson Nighthawk center pickup is much lower, and Nashville Teles don't stick up like this. Therefore, I'll stick with those choices and wait for the Blueshawk reissue.

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