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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
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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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

 

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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(30 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Value

By Jake N from Gizzardville, MI

from Austin, TX

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I saw the ad on Ephiphone's website begining of the year; with the specs listed, I thought this was going to be an $800 guitar. When I found that the actually retail price is $400, I jumped right on it. I have only had the oppotunity to play this guitar a total of about 5 hours, but I'm already in love with it. Here is a quick, unorganized synopsis: It is smaller than I had expected -- I had imagined Strat-size, but it is noticeably smaller. It has a "tummy" contour that is very slick and functional. Craftsmanship/Materials are excellent. The inlays are done very well, the knobs both match the color of the Honeyburst very well. The white binder was done very well and compliments the top perfectly. The one thing I was a little disappointed with was the switch. I'm not sure how I would improve it personally, but it seemed somewhat "second tier". Again, that does not stand out though. Paintjob is sexy and even better than what the photo dictates: The photo for the Honeyburst shows more of an opaque outer black that fades quickley to the honey color, where as the real thing is a little less black at outter edge and fades a bit more gradually. I haven't even been able to fully use all of the tonal combinations. There are so many pickup combinations that I think you can even get the thing to sound like banjo -- this is purely speculation though at this point. Tuning is easy -- not too loose, not too tight -- a good consistant feel up and down. Overall, great mix of sustainability and manueverability as I had hoped for. This guitar is a change up from the traditional Epiphone/Gibson in style, but I liken it to a custom "hot rod" rather than a originally restored classic car, if that makes sense. Again, overall excellent value.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Almost Perfect

By Todd Lovett

from Wendell NC

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

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.

(12 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1995 Epiphone Nighthawk

By Sean Leverson

from Newburg, MO

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

My '98 Nighthawk was different than this new one. When I got it I replaced the neck pick-up with a Seymourized mini-humbucker. The middle I replaced with a Seymour Duncan Lil' Screamin Demon and the Bridge was replaced with a Gibson slant zebra 500T. I added a push/pull pot adding a reverse polarity circuit, the '95 I had had a mini switch for coil tapping unlike this one which has a push/pull pot. I recommend highly to use the Seymour Duncan pick-ups and if Gibson still makes the slanted 500T use it, I am using this time a Seymour Duncan JB Model which I have on my SG, it is about the same as the 500T and complements the middle Lil' Screamin Demon perfectly. I like the also the fact that the new Nighthawk has a triple A top and a set neck as well.

(11 of 86 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

uhhhhh

By mgh

from mhgd

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

idk man i find this to be kinda insulting to say the least i have an original 97 gibson custom nighthawk exactly like this and they made it pretty much the some as the one i have but for 400?? that is a little insulting to me haha they shouldnt have even made this if they were goin to put it for this price and under epiphone

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epiphone nicehawk

By Keith

from Balto. Md.

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

The finish on the guitar was flawless and the maple top was beautiful. It is well balanced and plays effortlessly. The 5 way switch with coil splitting gives you a plethora of usable sounds. This along with the combination of quality tone woods give you great tone and sustain. The only slight complaint I have with this ax is the pup's. They don't sound that bad but if your used to high end pickups they will leave a little to be desired. For the price you can't expect the world though and they are very usable. Overall I'm very heppy and would suggest one to anyone in need of a great guitar that wont break the bank

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VERY SURPISING..GREAT VALUE

By FELIX

from NORTH RIDGEVILLE OHIO

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

In the early 90's I went into a guitar store while living in the UK, I saw the Nighthawk, played it and did not like it. Well everyone, this latest reissue is very refreshing. Well balanced all around. Playability is very good. The neck is a little chuckier than my Gibson Les Paul Studio, but it feels like a high end instrument. In clean mode, its sounds very crisp and clear. When you add some overdrive, a little muddy, but still sounds nice. I went for the Transblack and its a beauty. Only issue was a small blemish in the paint. Its not noticable but I can feel it if I run my finger over it. But for all you guys that want a perfect flawless instrument, lets face it, this guitar is very diverse and its made with one purpose to Jam in any style music. I may replace the bridge with a Seymour Duncan Slant, but that because I have duncans on my other two Guitars. All in all "Great Job Epiphone"!!! This one is a Keeper!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Truly great guitar for the money

By coatesycobra

from Willingboro, NJ

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

Let's get the bad comment out of the way. This axe is very neck heavy. That's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. If you aren't careful you will break your guitar. So get a suede strap for some friction and some strap locks on it and your worries are over. That's when the fun begins. The finish on my Fireburst Nighthawk is AMAZING! Truly beautiful. If you want to complain about a veneer... go ahead. If that keeps you from buying this guitar it is your loss. The pickups really do give you a lot of tonal variety. Throw in the coil-splitting and the Nighthawk can keep you occupied for a very long time. I thought I was buying it just to capitalize on a limited edition model that has a funky shape and vibe to it. I didn't expect to get very well made guitar that I reach for over my other 16. Yeah, it's a honeymoon period... but who cares when you are in love? Just buy it and stop surfing the web.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't give up on the first one.

By Mark Larlee

from Harpswell Maine

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

I've had my new Nighthawk for about two weeks now and I love it.The finish is beautiful and the quality is awesome. Granted, this is a low priced guitar compared to my other guitars a Martin D-35(39 yrs old )a Fender telecaster,Stratocaster etc. I've had Les Pauls, SGs and on and on, some of which if I still had I could retire very comfortably. This was the second Nighthawk I received. The first one had a crack in the binding on the point of the lower cutaway. It also had this stuff just above the neck PU. the set up was terrible, very high action and after trying to set it up it wasn't much better. The nut was also set in at an angle to the neck. I decided to send it back and try again. About a week later the second one arrived. I unpacked the new one and was totally blown away. The top was gorgeous,the back was gorgeous and the action was noticeably lower. I still had to lower the action but was able to get it right with no hassles.From the time I started playing this axe I couldn't put it down. The sound is killer, lots of output from the bridge and middle pickups. The neck, not so much.This is the guitar I've been waiting for, sounds like a Tele, a Strat and SG and it nails the fenders. I've been playing Strats and Teles for years and its amazing how close the guitar is. The only difference is it seems to have alot more nuts.The only thing I would change is the neck PU, I won't take a chance the other two, they sound awesome. I really enjoy playing this guitar, it's defiantly not boring with all the options you have. I'm getting another one. I'm the fussiest person I know and would highly recommend this guitar. If you don't get an awesome axe on your first try keep sending it back until you do.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super 'Hawk

By R M Signor

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

As soon as I hefted the Nighthawk from its box I knew it was special. The neck felt like butter. The guitar is very light, very fast, great tone, and just a treat to hold and play. Don't know whether I just got lucky or all Nighthawks are this fine.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tone-alicious!

By Bill Johnston

from Pickerington, Ohio

Comments about Epiphone Nighthawk Electric Guitar:

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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