Nighthawk Electric Guitar Transparent Amber 888365234090

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's all that and more.........

By musicman 1

from Logan WV

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Looks
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Quality construction
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

    Thrilled when I opened the box at the appearance of this guitar, looked much more expensive than the low,low price tag. It not only looks good but plays and sounds fantastic. You can't go wrong with this guitar, it's a pleasure owning this.

    (2 of 2 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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar Trans Amber

    By EUGENE

    from SAN FRANCISCO,CALIFORNIA

    Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

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

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Finishing the job

    By Harold Penson

    from Sayreville NJ

    Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar To Play But Must Change Pickups

    By Alex Gambill

    from Portland, OR

    Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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.

      (4 of 4 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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Swiss army knife of guitars

        By guitarman

        from rhode island

        About Me Experienced

        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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Nice Guitar

          By Scott Miller

          from Boston, MA

          Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

          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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