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Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue Electric Guitar

Rock with the potent triple pickup combination of the Epiphone Nighthawk Custom. This lost classic single-cutaway packs plenty of tone and style. (39) Read 23 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue Guitar

When a 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.

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Great Tone Woods & 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(tm) 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.

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 & 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(tm) 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.

The Total Package

Combined with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by 24/7/365 Customer Service, you can rest assured that the Nighthawk Classic will give you years of worry-free performance. So if you missed out on the first Nighthawks because you thought they were a little too "different" now's your chance to redeem yourself and pick up this classic for a great price!

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- Body Material: Mahogany
- Top Material: AAA Flame Maple Veneer
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: SlimTaper ; D-shaped
- Neck Joint: Glued-In
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl "Crown" inlays
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
- Bridge Pickup: Slant NHT(tm) Humbucker; 4-wire
- Middle Pickup: NSX(tm) Single-Coil
- Neck Pickup: NHR(tm) 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"
- Hardware: Nickel
- Binding: Body and Fingerboard

Machine Heads: Grover 14: ratio
Colors:
- Fireburst (FB)
- Honeyburst (HB)
- Trans Amber (TA)
- Trans Black (TB)
Includes:
- User's Manual
- Truss Rod Wrench
- Economy Cord
- Epiphone Poster
- Epiphone Bumper Sticker

Optional: Hard Case (940-EGCS)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (39 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Looked at a zillion Nighthawk Google results? Here's your answer."
Sound: Great full jazzy tone on the mini-HB and reasonable Fender-like tones from the coil splitting combos. The slant HB is weak and useless on the coil split alone (position 1) but sounds good in combination with the middle single coil (pos 2). The bad single coil bridge setting keeps this from a higher score. I do love the many possible combinations and while none of them are spot-on Strat or Tele tones, they are similar and have their own jangly sound that's very un-Gibson like and cool. Feature: Love the many tones from the 5-way switch and coil tapping. The neck is well finished and the body is sweet, string-through, speed knobs. Full binding on the body, neck, and headstock are quite nice for a guitar in this price range. Also the inlaid fret markers. No accessories included unless you consider a couple of hex wrenches to be an accessory. I don't expect accessories with an inexpensive guitar anyway. I like the belly cut but do wish it had a forearm cut on the front, since I can imagine myself wearing it down on the top edge. Finally, you MUST get a quality suede strap because with the small, light body, the neck dive is extreme. You will not want to use one of those cheap 2" web straps or you'll find yourself having an excellent left arm workout holding this guitar up. I put a web strap on it just to test it and the neck slid to below horizontal. A good suede strap fixes that. The guitar is very light, which is a plus. It's also very resonant. I find myself practising unplugged most of the time. Ease of Use: It's a guitar with 3 pickups. Need help figuring that out? Quality: I took a chance on the blem Honeyburst and I'm SO GLAD that I did. It's perfect. I have no clue what the blem might have been...maybe just a customer return. Finish is bright, the top is gorgeous and the quality is great overall. Neck is straight, frets well finished, nothing loose. No reason to think it wasn't a Gibson if you didn't see the headstock. I am proud to play it. Value: Hmm, let's see. I could spend $1000 more on the Gibson version. But I hold the Epi, turn it over, look at everything, and I can't see a grand less guitar. Sure, any smart guy is going to point out the electronics and US manufacturing, and that's great if you have the green. But get real, anyone looking at the Epi Nighthawk is already fine with the idea of a very reasonably-priced alternative. If you're hung up on the overseas manufacturing or working conditions, why are you looking at an Epiphone to begin with??? They are making quite good guitars in China, Korea, and Indonesia these days and how do you know that working in a guitar factory isn't significantly better than the other options those people have? Don't you think they're working at the best job they can find? Accept it or buy American if you can't or won't. The Epi is a great quality instrument at a ridiculously reasonable price. Manufacturer Support: Called ZZounds to check on the order and they were right on top of it. I don't envision much need to contact Epiphone about this great quality guitar. The Wow Factor: Sure, it's quirky. The body is small enough that it actually takes some time to get used to the look. At first it almost looks like a Guitar Hero-size guitar. But you DO get used to it. On the stand it looks remarkably like a Les Paul. On the body, less so, but it's a look all its own. Do "I want it"? I think I read every link on the first 10 pages of Google results before I bought it. Damn straight. There's really nothing else like it, other than the $1300 Gibson version. And the Honeyburst flame maple top is sexy as hell! I have to say, though, I sure wish they had a trans-black blem. But I'll take the Honey at $285 delivered, thank you very much. Overall: I see myself playing this until I wear it out, break it, or it's stolen. Then I'll get another one. Thank you, Epiphone! Please don't discontinue it again.
Style of Music: Blues, jazz, rock, Christian
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "This guitar exceeds all expectations in every aspect,hats off to Epiphone"
Sound: Through a Line 6 spider III this guitar screams,there are so many tonal possibilities it would take quite awhile to explore all of them,10 different pickup combinations.With and without effects it has a lot to offer.Clean sounds are rich and full. Feature: For the price it is amazing what the Indonesians can do.Fit and finish of all components is perfect,I can not find a single flaw on this guitar.Volume and tone pots are smooth and quiet.Selector switch also is quiet.Pickups are good although I will be replacing them with the seymour duncan`s that are available,thats just me,there is nothing wrong with the stock pups.the flamed top is awesome.The binding is perfect.Fret finnish is perfect.Inlays and finnish ditto,perfect. Ease of Use: Out of the box this guitar was ready to rock,no adjustment to the neck was needed.Low action,no fret buzz.It takes a while to try all 10 pup combos but there is something for everyone in this guitar and it could be used for many styles even though rock and blues is my thing. Quality: my only complaint,and it is a minor one ,is that I would like to see a replacement bridge offered,other than thatthe quality overall is excellent.I have had guitars costing more than double this that were poorer in fit ,finnish,and component wise.This guitar will be in my collection until they nail shut my coffin.And with a lifetime warranty ,they stand behind their product. Value: VERY much worth the going price The Wow Factor: Even when not being played I love just looking at this guitar Overall: If I were a new player or as I am a seasoned vet of over 30 years ,this would be either my choice for a starter or as an awesome addition to my collection
Style of Music: ROCK-BLUES
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