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Nighthawk Electric Guitar Fireburst

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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 Ni... Read More

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Overview

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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4.7

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Almost Perfect

I'll start with some qualifications--I'm a 30 year player, and I own a '93 Gibson Nighthawk, 2 pickup model. My Gibson is my primary guitar among five others, and I had...Read complete review

I'll start with some qualifications--I'm a 30 year player, and I own a '93 Gibson Nighthawk, 2 pickup model. My Gibson is my primary guitar among five others, and I had been considering another one when Epiphone decided to create the new reissue model. At a $399 price point, I thought I'd try the Epiphone first, and pre-ordered a Fireburst model. When it arrived, I unpacked it and inspected the guitar, and what a looker it is: just stunning attention to detail. The figured maple top is nicely matched, the paint graceful and even, and the clear finish is without flaws. I decided to do a direct comparison by playing my Gibson first so differences would stand out, and I placed the Epiphone and Gibson side by side for a visual check as well. This allowed me to notice some subtle differences between the two guitars in the body and the neck. The Epiphone body is very slightly thicker than the Gibson by 1/8 inch, which is not a big deal. However, there is a dramatic difference in the heel of the neck on the Epiphone. On a Gibson model, the heel comes almost down to the body and measures 1 7/16 inches from the fretboard to the bottom of the heel. On the Epiphone, the measurement is 1 3/16, leaving a rather large space between the heel and the body--this is disappointing. There are of course, other differences--tuners, input jack, headstock--but these are minor considerations. After playing the Gibson, I plugged in the Epiphone (test amp is a 1975 Musicman 210 HD120, all tube). First, the pickups and the wiring configuration are both superb, and sound wonderful, period. And there is a WIDE variety of sounds available which sound great clean, or flat-out overdriven. But what I did notice immediately was the rather high action on the guitar--way too high in fact, so I got out a hex wrench and went to work on the bridge saddle heights, adjusting downward until I could hear buzz, and then stepping back a half turn so the strings were as low as they were going to get. The result is the action is still too high, and cannot be lowered further without an adjustment to the neck. I suppose this is unavoidable at the price point on this instrument, but anyone planning to buy one should consider an extra $100 for a pro setup in their budget. For me, this is not optional--it has to be done if I'm going to actually play the guitar. The ebony fretboard feels very nice, and the frets are nicely filed and dressed--not quite as smooth as the GIbson, but not something that I would pay to make better, as it is too slight to be an issue. Overall, I am glad I bought this guitar. I expect it to give my Gibson some real competition after the neck is adjusted and the action is low enough for my tastes.

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Finishing the job

My Nighthawk just arrived! I ordered this beautiful guitar after a three minute demo with a similar model hanging on my much visited Luthier friend. My excitement was dampened when at first the guitar...Read complete review

My Nighthawk just arrived! I ordered this beautiful guitar after a three minute demo with a similar model hanging on my much visited Luthier friend. My excitement was dampened when at first the guitar had no sound in the center switch position. Same thing with the push-pull switch, work them around and they come to life. As this will be my last Epiphone or Gibson product I leave this question open-is this acceptable under any circumstances? I can deal with the fine scratches in the finish, not just a few but I can polish them out. None of the checklist items on the included card seem to apply to this guitar. There just isn't any valid argument for these flaws to exist. The up-side is the sound and shape, both of which I find quite pleasing. I still have my soon to arrive PRS to look forward to. But this just isn't fair and any argument that its only a $400 guitar is nonsense. It should work as its advertised to work or it shouldn't be marketed. It's my understanding that faulty electrics isn't uncommon with Epiphone. Too bad. I'll spend a few more dollars and in the end I'll have a great sounding guitar that tucks in close like an old friend. I just won't consider this brand or the parent company that allows defects to continue to blemish a brand with great historical significance.

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5.0

Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar Trans Amber

By EUGENE

from SAN FRANCISCO,CALIFORNIA

A PLEASURE TO PLAY-A JOY TO BEHOLD!THANK YOU EPIPHONE AND THANK YOU GUITAR CENTER.

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3.0

Finishing the job

By Harold Penson

from Sayreville NJ

My Nighthawk just arrived! I ordered this beautiful guitar after a three minute demo with a similar model hanging on my much visited Luthier friend. My excitement was dampened when at first the guitar had no sound in the center switch position. Same thing with the push-pull switch, work them around and they come to life. As this will be my last Epiphone or Gibson product I leave this question open-is this acceptable under any circumstances? I can deal with the fine scratches in the finish, not just a few but I can polish them out. None of the checklist items on the included card seem to apply to this guitar. There just isn't any valid argument for these flaws to exist. The up-side is the sound and shape, both of which I find quite pleasing. I still have my soon to arrive PRS to look forward to. But this just isn't fair and any argument that its only a $400 guitar is nonsense. It should work as its advertised to work or it shouldn't be marketed. It's my understanding that faulty electrics isn't uncommon with Epiphone. Too bad. I'll spend a few more dollars and in the end I'll have a great sounding guitar that tucks in close like an old friend. I just won't consider this brand or the parent company that allows defects to continue to blemish a brand with great historical significance.

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4.0

Great Guitar To Play But Must Change Pickups

By Alex Gambill

from Portland, OR

I bough mine used. I ran a basic set up, which included putting some 10 gauge strings on as well. You can straighten the neck on the this bad boy and get a super low action as well without fret buzz. Epiphone did a great job on the neck and body. The bridge and middle pickups are muddy. So I replaced them with an Seymour Duncan SM-1 for the neck and a '59 slant in the bridge. Now it sounds like it cost over a grand. Plays well, stays in tune and the neck shape is excellent. The gloss on the back of the neck is a little sticky but sanding it helps. I highly recommend changing the pickups to something better to your liking. The stock bridge and neck pickups just had no definition or sparkle. I was spending way too much time trying to EQ the stock pickups and realized with how cheap this guitar was that I could definitely afford new pickups. I also changed the push/pull knob to where when you pull it the bridge pickup is activated so I can have the bridge and neck pickup combo like that of a Les Paul or even all three on as well. I got rid of the coil tap function because when activated there was too much volume drop. The stock middle pickup sounds fine so I left it. And I use it when I want a straight single coil sound. Now to those idiots that complain about buying it and having to replace the strings or lower the action need to grow a pair. That should be expected with any guitar you purchase, especially one well under $500.

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5.0

Very Nice Guitar

By Scott Miller

from Boston, MA

I own some nice guitars,(1968 Gibson Les Paul,Gibson Custom Shop Es 335, 69 Thin Line Tele, and various Strats). I have to say this Epiphone is hard to beat for the money that I paid. Larry at Guitar Center in Boston took care of my order and everything was top notch. I've never purchased a guitar without playing it first but I gave it a try and with Guitar Centers return policy I had nothing to loose. I had to do a small intonation adjustment on the D string and I also lowered the string height just a tiny amount. After that it played and sounded great! The frets were nice and smooth. The finish was fantastic and the number of sound options you can dial in on this is what I love.

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5.0

Epiphone Nighthawk- Awesome Sounds & Value

By EARL DODGE

from Denver, Co

After 7 days of play- This guitar needs only to be compared with other instruments of equal quality. It holds its own against other 'tone machines', period. My specific unit was built by 'perfect' workmanship, using quality woods and hardware. It also happens to be beautiful. The play and sounds are the thing though. My Trans Amber was set up and hasn't been altered in anyway. I'll change strings, after I've sampled the factory-installed strings at length. Inexpensive guitars are better built these days and rival the 'original' icons in some cases. This Epiphone Nighthawk is one of those.

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5.0

Complete Review- Amazing for Price, Bright yet controlled sound

By ERIC LIPPERT

from Bellmore,NY

First, how it LOOKS and FEELS. I got the guitar in Trans-Black. It looks great. The flame maple top with the finish gives a sharp finish. It's almost gives off a blue hue in the light. The binding, along with the chrome hardware and inlays, really makes the guitar pop. The body is on the smaller size and even with the body of mahogany, this guitar is light. Because the body is light, the headstock can feel heavier, and can tend go horizontal when playing standing. Sitting it feels good, like sitting with a Les Paul but thinner. ONE FEATURE NOT shown is the tummy cut. This helps to make playing standing up much more comfortable. The strap buttons hold on really well and the jack holds on to the cable perfectly. When i got it out of the box (I had to have it shipped) the action was a little high, but that probably came from shipping during the humid summer. A little adjustment fixed that. The bridge made adjusting intonation and string height so easy. With separate saddles, each string can be individually adjusted. The screws were all easily accessible and away from the strings so I could quickly adjust intonation.The grover tuners are smooth and stay in-tune. All in all the guitar feels amazing and looks great. Second, how it SOUNDS. The guitars 3 pickup, 5 way switch, push-pull system is the highlight of this guitar. In total there are 9 unique settings (middle position is just middle pick up on both). The angular humbucker gives a nice bright but well balanced tone. It's great on its own, for bright solos or lead guitar. When paired with the middle single coil you get a warmer tone, great for a nice warm clean sound. The mini-humbucker offers an amazingly bright rhythm pick-up. Its cuts right into mixes and is great for rhythm guitar. It too gets warmer and sounds great with the middle pick up. On it's own the middle pick up is a great pick up too. These are the 5 positions when pushed. When pulled the two humbuckers split, allowing for a strat-style pick up configuration. All the tones are bright but retain a warmth in them.The volume pot gives a nice even volume gain. The tone pot gives a nice balance as cuts at the higher frequencies.This allows for even warmer tones and an even larger tonal palette. With the string- thru design, the guitar has a very nice and even sustain. After cutting a note or chord short you don't get any sustain lingering through. The guitarist has complete control over their sound. The guitar is great for ROCK, BLUES, & even METAL. Its bright yet controlled sound allows for even (warm or bright) clean tones. Each note of a chord comes through, even when distorted. There are no muddy tones. When distorted or overdriven the tonal integrity is kept even while being torn into by effects. As a lead or rhythm guitarist, blues or metal, novice or pro this is a great guitar. Its easily worth the money My only gripe is the inability to play both humbuckers at the same time, but the single coil easily makes up for that, and together they probably would sound much different then the bridge humbucker with the middle single.

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5.0

Very Fun But Serious Instrument

By James Steele jr.

from Phoenix AZ

Well, I've had this guitar for about a week now, and I love it. I have a Epi LP Standard and have been used to the shorter scale and heavier weight. This guitar is exactly what I was looking for. The Yin to the LP's yang. It is very thin, light and comfortable. The longer scale takes a bit of getting used to, and I HAD to change string gauge to 9's and I use 11's on the LP. The neck is very slim, reminds me of an Ibanez type, sort of a flat D shape. Comfortable nonetheless, and bends quickly, I have to learn not to bend too much on this one. Now the electronics, I wanted to leave it stock, but as with most Epiphone guitars, (don't get me wrong, I love them) I bought the Seymour Duncan Slanted 59 and the Custom Mini Humbucker. Will change the pots and wiring also. This guitar is well worth the price and I Love It. Great Buy.

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5.0

AWSOME GUITAR

By Kyle Forgetta

from N.Scituate Iowa

this guitar is great I have the transparent black witch looks amazing. It sound just as well as it looks. You get tons of tones to choose from for different songs and music. I would highly recommend this guitar. Its pickups are good and it stays in tune well.

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5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Julien Simmons

from Philadelphia Pennsylvania

I played this guitar along with 6 others at my not so local guitar center about 2 months ago. I used a marshall JVM stack. I played an Epiphone Les paul custom, a mid range Ibanez, a 700+ dollar fender Strat, an Esp ec 1000 with EMG pickups, a PRS with EMG pickups and some other guitar as well as the nighthawk. The nighthawk caught my ear. I desired heavy bassy clear distortion and this thing delivered better then every guitar I previously listed to. So i bought it in trans black, THis instrument is stunning. It is a classy guitar that looks like a 1000+ dollar guitar. I plugged it into my practice amp and this thing made this cruddy amp sound great. Every pickup combo sounds better in different tunings. Don't be fooled by its looks this thing sounds amazing distorted. The slanted Humbucker has a clear tone to it thats shimmers the high frequencies but has plenty of power for the powerchords and palm muting. Single coil has a tele feel to it but it lashes out more than a tele. it also has plenty of frequency range. The mini humbucker for one makes the guitar look awesome, for two it is sooo powerful. It has so much punch for that palm muted chug we all love. it also has a great blues tone. There's really know rhythm and treble option like each pickup does certain things differently(not better or worse differently) I plan on recording my bands EP with this because it has every sound i could ever need. The only flaw is the action. I don't consider it a flaw because i like higher action than most but it does have a higher action then most guitars. Other than that to me this is a perfect instrument. If you don't wanna be another guy with a les paul buy this.

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5.0

Tone-alicious!

By Bill Johnston

from Pickerington, Ohio

So glad GC has 30day return. Had purchased Ibanez Art 100 but it just did not cover all the bases. I kept seeing info on the Nighthawk, but knew it had to be ordered in - which I finally did. OMG! What a Wonderful instrument AND a great piece of art! I cannot believe how the neck and body feel to the touch! Marilyn Monroe all the way!!! And exploring the available sound palette - I am just getting started with the "clean" options, and know there will be so much to learn through various effects interacting with PUPS. I got my first guitar Feb 8, 1964 and had it in my lap Feb 9 when I first saw the Beatles on Ed. Have had many guitars but this is the BEST!!! And, for a discounted price - you have got to be kidding!!! Oh yeah, when you order from Epip. they do a full set-up prior to your receiving your axe. Very tolerable tolerances if I may say so! Buy TWO today,or 4, since they offer that number of finishes.

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