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Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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Epiphone presents the new Blueshawk Deluxe, the long awaited return of an original classic first introduced in the 90s that' been a connoisseur' favorite ever since. The Blueshawk Deluxe features the ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Epiphone presents the new Blueshawk Deluxe, the long awaited return of an original classic first introduced in the 90s that' been a connoisseur' favorite ever since. The Blueshawk Deluxe features the upper bout curve and cutaway of a Les Paul but with the semi-hollowbody design and small f-holes of an archtop. The result is one of the most versatile and distinctive guitars anywhere. And now the Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe features new P-90 PRO Single Coil pickups plus a 6-position Rotary VariTone.

The Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe features a Mahogany body with a contoured back and a Maple top with a AAA Flame Maple Veneer. Both the body and the neck feature single-ply cream binding. The Blueshawk comes in three beautiful color finishes”Midnight Sapphire, Translucent Black, and Wine Red.

The Mahogany neck has a classic Epiphone SlimTaper D-shape profile with a 25.5 scale. The Blueshawk Deluxe has a smooth Rosewood fretboard with pearloid œDiamond inlays, a 12 radius, and 22 medium jumbo frets. The f-holes and semi-hollowbody construction along with the œLes Paul style cutaway make the Blueshawk Deluxe well balanced and easy to play with exceptional tone and range for chords and leads.

New P-90 PRO Pickups
The Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe features new P-90 PRO single coil pickups. The P-90 PROs follow in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed ProBucker humbuckers and both are part of Epiphone' PRO series featuring old style construction materials for boutique sound that anyone can afford.

The Blueshawk Deluxe features a P-90R PRO Single Coil in the neck position and a P-90T PRO Single Coil in the lead position. Inside the body, there' a hum-cancelling "dummy" coil mounted between the pickups to provide hum reduction when the neck or bridge pickups are used alone. The pickups are controlled by the now classic Blueshawk 3-position pickup selector slide.

Epiphone P-90 PRO single coil pickups have been designed and tooled from the ground up with new bobbins manufactured to historic dimensions, Elektrisola magnet wire, sand cast Alnico V magnets, and pole shoes manufactured using correct alloys to original classic Gibson dimensions. And for you sticklers to detail, the new Epiphone P-90 PROs also have tin plated brass base plates like those used on '50s and '60s era Gibson P-90 pickups.

6 position Rotary VariTone
Along with exceptional power, the Blueshawk Deluxe also offers one-of-a-kind tonal flexibility. The 6-position Rotary VariTone provides a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. The Varitone circuit is a "notch" filter that uses a range of capacitors to achieve a reduction in frequencies at set points within the BluesHawk's overall frequency spectrum. As the VariTone control is rotated from position 1 to position 6 the center frequency of the filter shifts from higher to lower frequencies. In position 1 the filter is removed from the circuit.

Controls include a Master Volume and a Master Tone with an easy to access Push/Pull VariTone True Bypass.The Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe features a fully-adjustable Epiphone nickel bridge with a string-thru body design for incredible sustain. Tuning and intonation is made easy thanks to Epiphone Deluxe machine heads with a pro quality 18:1 tuning ratio. An optional hard case is also available.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Grade AAA
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Diamond
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90 PRO
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90 PRO
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Varitone
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle string through body
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Versatile electronics
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: User's manual, truss-rod tool, poster
  • Country of origin: China
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EpiphoneBlueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

You have to be crazy not to buy it. Simple.

OK, I am not a kid buying one guitar and expecting it to be everything and every sound. I have 35-40 guitars. None cheap. 8 Gibson LPs and a dozen...Read complete review

OK, I am not a kid buying one guitar and expecting it to be everything and every sound. I have 35-40 guitars. None cheap. 8 Gibson LPs and a dozen Epi"s. One Epi I love is the Nighthawk. Blueshawk is awesome. P90s sound right. I am comparing with Gibson LP with P90's. Was not crazy about Blueshawk at first. But I have Rev Willie 7s on everything..So I changed the new strings to 7s. AWESOME. Bright when needed, soulful. This coming from a southerner that grew up on ABB, the real ones, ZZ and the 3 Kings. This is an awesome guitar. Great neck. Sounds good. Looks good. Tight. Electronics are solid. Easily compares to anything I own EXCEPT for the 2 2015 LPs I have with brass nuts, 57 & 57+. That was so nice I bought a second, exactly the same. JUST IN CASE something bad happened. This Blueshawk is a find. Period. Love P90s, Dummy coil works great. Veritone just like my Lucille but smaller & easy to handle. AWESOME GUITAR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This is my second review of this guitar

My first Blueshawk arrived with horrible fret buzz. The 5th fret was almost dead. I sent it back and found out that Musicians Friend does not inspect guitars before they ship them. The...Read complete review

My first Blueshawk arrived with horrible fret buzz. The 5th fret was almost dead. I sent it back and found out that Musicians Friend does not inspect guitars before they ship them. The second one came and I was promised that a tech would inspect it first. It arrived with a bad input jack so obviously it wasn't inspected. My first review wasn't posted here. Why would a company allow a customer to put them in a bad light I guess. Epiphone is just as much to blame as MF, but I don't understand why MF doesn't inspect the guitars before shipping like other online stores do.

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5.0

Amazingly versatile!

By Jomali

from Texas

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Played a blue one in a local store recently and was very impressed with its versatility. The P90 PROs with the 'ghost pickup' are almost as hot as the Gibbys. When the VariTone was off, (pull up the tone control), she was still articulate and open toned. The VariTone adds dimension and breadth to make this guitar not only a primary stage axe, but can also be excellent for layered tracking (studio). This will be my next guitar once finances settle from CHRISTmas! Well worth the price tag.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Blueshawk incredible feel, looks, and sound

      By Gerald F

      from Philadelphia PA USA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Need Professional Opinion Bridge PUPmisalignment

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Got this week, beautiful piece in look and feel. Commercially sticky but this unique piece demonstrates deserving the name of Gibson Epiphone. It's like picking up a Les Paul Custom - no kidding. Feels beautiful and smooooth. I chose it because looking for different sounds & different guitars to widen the palette as I compose music from the rhythm position. My first guitar with P-90 pups (not a fan). I thought they would be limited, but surprised. Rotary 6-Way Varitone adding widened palette has at least two positions I already like as a distinct original sound. One more WOW is the tailpiece - highest quality look and feel and so dynamic, looks and feels like a custom Gibson made tailpiece for Fender. Incredible! ALERT: I don't want to be the one that someone hates for a bad review so I must add that the high E-string on the bridge pup (pick up) is cutting out (volume) on stretching the note. Bridge pup seems has a misalignment as flawed design whereby the string does not pass center over the pole/screw adjust. I cannot see this as intentional, neither Epiphone quality control dumping chaotic failure designed pick ups to market - courts would have heard about from consumers. Having always set my own action, the lowest/loosest is fastest and highest tightest is slowest but undesirable. I mastered the king, the Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Triple Pick Up Gold which has 18 settings just for poles, 3 pick ups - with slope, height, tension, neck truss rod - all comes to 35 individual settings for the action on this beast. As a lead soloist first string from original heavy metal days I do know and can critically hear a pick up flaw or see one as I had me monster so pre-amp pumped you could LITERALLY hear a feather across the action. I want to move towards replacing with a dual option humbucker set with the single pole options switchable - maybe new model as Deluxe Plus! Yes!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great guitar at a great price.

      By Wearybear

      from Altamonte Springs, FL

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I really like this guitar. It has a solid feel and is heavier than expected. The blue color is somewhat deeper than the promo picture shows. The pickups are amazing - bright and powerful. It has very good action on the frets. My only problem isn't really a problem - I can't find a matching strap for this guitar. I'll just have to suffer through it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love those P90s

          By mitchell

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Plays beautifully. P90s sound great.
          The varitone circuit is very useable if you're into unusual unique tones, if not, you can just use it in standard mode.
          Best sounding and playing China made guitar that I've played. It appears the Chinese manufacturers are at the quality point that Korea, and then Indonesia, had several years ago.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sonic Versatility

          By Glen

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Great guitar with a lot of sonic versatility. The Nighthawk is the sister of this guitar, IMO has nicer appointments and is less expensive. But the Blueshawk is a unique small body semi-hollow bodied guitar with P-90's and a unique frequency control circuit.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Epiphone For Playing Fun

          By DCT

          from Lubbock, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Adjustment Needed

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I'll be honest! I purchased this guitar because I like Epiphone guitars. The Blueshawk,(if you read the specifications), is no more or no less as described. I use it for practice, jamming and have recorded with it. I did not purchase this guitar for playing at live shows. I like the 6-position Rotary VariTone, and it has a very comfortable neck for me (I have long fingers). I was able to find some interesting Bluesy tones. I recommend for the money.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You have to be crazy not to buy it. Simple.

          By GaBluesBoy

          from Augusta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Needs one thing... Rev Willie 7s. Then PERFECT!
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            OK, I am not a kid buying one guitar and expecting it to be everything and every sound. I have 35-40 guitars. None cheap. 8 Gibson LPs and a dozen Epi"s. One Epi I love is the Nighthawk. Blueshawk is awesome. P90s sound right. I am comparing with Gibson LP with P90's. Was not crazy about Blueshawk at first. But I have Rev Willie 7s on everything..So I changed the new strings to 7s. AWESOME. Bright when needed, soulful. This coming from a southerner that grew up on ABB, the real ones, ZZ and the 3 Kings. This is an awesome guitar. Great neck. Sounds good. Looks good. Tight. Electronics are solid. Easily compares to anything I own EXCEPT for the 2 2015 LPs I have with brass nuts, 57 & 57+. That was so nice I bought a second, exactly the same. JUST IN CASE something bad happened. This Blueshawk is a find. Period. Love P90s, Dummy coil works great. Veritone just like my Lucille but smaller & easy to handle. AWESOME GUITAR.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Epiphome Raises the Bar Again

            By DMR Guitar

            from NW Chicago Suburbs

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Build Quality
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              Very good/almost great guitar at a very reasonable price. Very attractive guitar (mine is blue flame) with hollow F-hole wings and attractive tuners, plus the neck and body are bound. Nice light weight!! Diamond fret marker inlays, just like the Gibson versions. Epiphone keeps surprising me with their continued efforts toward improved quality. The older Epi P90's were lackluster, but these newer P-90 "Pros" actually have a great voicing, closer to Gibsons. Also, this guitar uses a "dummy coil" (located in a cavity in back of the guitar) to cancel the dreaded 60 cycle hum. So, you get a guitar with true P-90 attitude, but without the hum! A typical 3-way switch for pick-up selection, similar to a Telecaster (I'm changing to a 4-way which will add a parallel/series feature for the combined pups).. There is also a 6 position VariTone (with a 'chicken-head knob) which adds some different colors to the output (similar to an out-of-phase 'honk' which becomes more pronounced as you increase the VariTone positions). The VariTone works in any of the 3 pup selector positions. It is always active if the push-pull switching on the Tone Pot is down, the VariTone is defeated if the Tone pot is "up." My preference would be for it to be the other way around and I will re-wire it accordingly. The VariTone does reduce the output volume a bit (as does being out-of-phase), so be forewarned. BTW, great tone pot, 1 of the best I have ever had on a guitar. Like most guitars,, the action needs to be adjusted to suit your tastes and also the intonation needs to be calibrated. Not a big deal, at all. Incoming neck relief was fairly good, perhaps a bit flatter than I prefer (I like 0.008"-0.011" on the 8th fret) so I adjusted the truss rod. Once again, no big deal and this allowed me to better lower the action.

              (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              This is my second review of this guitar

              By Nick

              from Tampa

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  My first Blueshawk arrived with horrible fret buzz. The 5th fret was almost dead. I sent it back and found out that Musicians Friend does not inspect guitars before they ship them. The second one came and I was promised that a tech would inspect it first. It arrived with a bad input jack so obviously it wasn't inspected. My first review wasn't posted here. Why would a company allow a customer to put them in a bad light I guess. Epiphone is just as much to blame as MF, but I don't understand why MF doesn't inspect the guitars before shipping like other online stores do.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe

                  By Maq

                  from Dallas, Texas

                  Pros

                  • fun to play with
                  • Lots Of Tonal Possibities
                  • Noise Canceling Circuit
                  • P-90 pickups
                  • Very Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Action Needed Work
                  • High Couple Frets Buzzed
                  • Intonation Way Way Off
                  • No Case That Fits
                  • Out Of Tune Out Of Box

                  Best Uses

                  • Blues From Bb King To Srv

                  Comments about Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  I liked playing with the Varitone. You could make a lot of different variations to tone. It had a nice feel and weight. I was worried it'd be neck heavy but it wasn't. It felt good sitting or standing.

                  I was disappointed in initial setup out of the box. I wasn't expecting things to be as far off, but it wasn't anything that couldn't be adjusted. The intonation took a while cause every string was very sharp. I finally got it in tune and it stayed in tune. Frets four and five were high. Not horrible I guess but it bothered me that my D and G strings buzzed like that. After I had that fixed it was fine.

                  I wish it came with a case. You have to use a Gibson SG or Les Paul and be satisfied with an imperfect fit on the front on one or back on the other. I got a nice Gig bag instead.

                  For the price it's fine and fun to play with. No problem recommending it to anyone. I'd suggest a good through look at it right away by yourself or someone you trust and a Professional Setup if you don't have the tools, know how or time to set it up nicely yourself.

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