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Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue Electric Guitar

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The Return of a NEW Classic!
When a new guitar design is introduced, history says that guitarists don't immediately accept it. Such was the case with many, now iconic guitars including the Flying-V, Explorer and even the Les Paul. But ultimately, if the design is a great one it will stand the test of time and eventually, find it's place into the guitarist's arsenal of go to axes. When the Nighthawk was first introduced in 1993, it represented a departure from Gibson tradition with it's 25.5 inch scale length and it's versatile combination of coil-tappable humbucking and single pickups. Now, 18 years later, guitarists who originally dismissed the Nighthawk as too different now recognize what a great guitar it really was and is!

Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue Features

  • Solid mahogany body with a glued Slim Taper mahogany neck for a warm tone and great sustain
  • AAA Flame maple veneer gives this guitar a great high end look
  • Humbucker, single coil, and mini humbucker give you almost any tone you want
  • 5 way selector switch plus push/pull coil tap for added versatility
  • Mother of pearl Crown inlays on the rosewood fingerboard
Great Tone Woods and Premium Construction
The design of the Nighthawk is essentially a combination of a SG (lower bout and thinner body) and a Les Paul (upper bout). Like those classic guitars, it features a solid Mahogany body (with added belly scarf for comfort) and a glued-in SlimTaper Mahogany neck giving it a well rounded, warm tone with excellent sustain. To add brilliance as well as a smooth, durable playing surface, the Nighthawk Custom is fitted with an rosewood fingerboard. For even more tonal spice as well as killer looks, a AAA Flame Maple veneer is glued to the top. And don't forget, the Nighthawk bridge with it's string-thru body design ensures even more sustain and power.

Pickups Versatility and Function
With it's unique pickup package that includes a full-size NHT humbucker (bridge), a NSX single-coil (middle) and a NHR mini-humbucker (neck) combined with a 5-way slider and push/pull coil-tapping tone knob, you have 9 different tones at your fingertips. From a powerful and warm humbucker to the unique clarity of a mini-HB to a thin, bright single-coil - and everything in-between - you can do it all.

Killer Looks and Premium Features

Epiphone is known for making great, affordable instruments and the Nighthawk Custom is no exception. One of the first things you notice is the gorgeous Flame Maple top in rich, see-through finishes and the mother-of-pearl crown inlays on the fingerboard. Premium 14:1 ratio Grover machine heads make for excellent tuning accuracy and stability while Epiphone's heavy-duty output jack and long-lasting 1 inch potentiometers make for worry-free opertion.

Optional Epiphone EGCS Case
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Optional Epiphone Hardshell Case (sold separately)
The Epiphone EGCS hardshell case is normally reserved for SG models and the G400, but you'll find the contour of the neck and the curve of the lower bout on the Nighthawk fit comfortably in the EGCS case making it perfect for storage or transport.

Product Specifications
Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: AAA Flame Maple Veneer
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper; D-shaped
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl "Crown" inlays
  • Radius: 12 inches 
  • Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
  • Pickups:
    • Bridge: Slant NHT Humbucker; 4-wire
    • Middle: NSX Single-Coil
    • Neck: NHR Mini-Humbucker; 4-wire
  • Controls:
    • 5-Way Slider
    • Master Volume
    • Master Tone with Push/Pull Coil Tapping
  • Bridge: Nighthawk fully-adjustable; String-Thru body
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 inches
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Binding: Body and Fingerboard
  • Machine Heads: Grover 14:1 ratio
  • Included Accessories:
    • User's Manual
    • Truss Rod Wrench
    • Economy Cord
    • Epiphone Poster
    • Epiphone Bumper Sticker


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Jim Mitchell from Colorado Springs Colorado, goatrace@hotmail.com
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Fabulous instrument!
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Wonderful instrument. On the neck pickup with the tone rolled back, it's not a guitar, it's a harp!
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The quality is terrific. It's a very versatile instrument. The neck pickup gives me the jazz box tone I was looking for and the other pickup are mix and match, any tone is available.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
I love the neck, and I've been a thin neck player forever. I'll never go back to a nine inch radius. This twelve inch radius is very comfortable. I needed the extra real estate that the twenty-five and a half inch scale gives and I'm glad that Epiphone made it available. It's a fast neck.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Any tone is available. I play before a soft jazz audience once a week and that mini humbucker is just what I was looking for. I'm very pleased with the single coil in the middle too.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
It's a beautiful instrument. But I had it on my list six or seven times and scratched it off. Why? It's a beautiful, traditional looking guitar except for the weird shaped pickups. The headstock, the inlays, the woods, all beautiful. But the pickups, ugly. But when I got the Epi home, I realized that the problem was my perception. Namely, it occurred to me that the pickups look weird, they don't fit with the elegance of the guitar. Why, they're geometric shapes and I'm not expecting that on a guitar. Sure we're used to rectangle shaped pickup. On the Nighthawk, you have an oval middle pickup, the humbucker is two ovals on a rhombus, the bridge is a rectangle on a trapezoid and the volume and tone are circles. So, what Epiphone did was to take a beautiful and to some ho-hum guitar and made it visually exciting. But it took me a while to figure that out. Now I love the pickup shapes. Looks great! I did flunk geometry though. Can't change that...
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I got more that I thought I would. I watched all the Nighthawk demos that I could find. If you're a jazzer, there's a Russian kid on you tube playing 50's jazz on his Nighthawk. He knows what he's doing and I was sold after I watched him. There's nothing as versatile as the Nighthawk under five hundred dollars. If you want a tone monster, this is it.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
It was pretty much ready to play right out of the box. I tuned it and plugged it in. Wonderful sustain! Beautiful rich chords. That F#13th is my new favorite chord...
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