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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. (34) Read 20 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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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! zZounds is an authorized dealer of Epiphone products.
- 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)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Fireburst
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 4 in
Transparent Amber
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 18 x 4 in
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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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Sound: This Guitar sounds great . So many tones. It will take some time to utilize and explore all the different pickup combinations. I'm confident I can get real close to any tone I might want. I enjoy playing blues, classic rock. I don't have to try real hard to find the sounds I'm looking for with this guitar. Honestly I bought this guitar with the thought that I would have to do some major mods. and upgrades. But Epiphone out done themselves on this one. I haven't even changed the strings yet and I had those bought and ready before the guitar got here. Feature: Guitar is beautiful. I got the Fireburst model and its stunning. From research I had done on the internet I was expecting less from a guitar from Indonesia. I have searched hard to find anything sub par. Its just not there. Frets are great. Guitar came set up great tuned it just a little, checked the intonation. It was perfect. I did adjust the pickup heights to suit my taste. Everyone that has seen or played this guitar has been impressed. Usually when I open the case someone near by will say WOW. This price point was so low I really was expecting much less. Just wanted to give a Nighthawk a try. Then possibly Buy the Gibson model. But I'm shocked to say no need to buy or do anything except enjoy this sweet axe and keep my money in my pocket. Gotta love that! Ease of Use: I got my Nighthawk, unboxed it, looked it over real good, tuned it, plugged it into my Line Six Spider 3. I ran thru the pickups and some different settings on my amp. Quickly found several tones I loved. I started getting excited, I knew I made made a great decision buying this guitar. For several hours I just explored the tones. I couldn't stop smiling or playing, just a blast. It came time for me to go to work, I took it with me. I'm 40 yrs old I felt like a kid a Christmas. The tone possibilities seem endless to me. This guitar can go from an almost acoustic sound to AC/DC. From Clapton to SVR and more. I can't play like these guys, but I can hear them in this guitar. Just FUN. Quality: Like I said earlier this guitar is stunning in appearance for any price but for $399.00 its shocking. The inlay work. Matchbook top. Gloss Finish. Sound from the pickups, all of it just blew me away. And coil splitting capabilities. I don't know how it could be put together any better, I really don't. I treat this guitar like its made of gold. I plan to keep it play the H*LL out of it. See no reason why I want be able to leave it to a grandchild someday. Value: This guitar is built and plays like guitars selling for 10 times the price literally. Like I said earlier I bought for kind of a test drive of a nighthawk planning to spend much more later on a Gibson if I liked it. Or do major upgrades to this one. Turns out no need to do either. This epiphone far exceeded my expectations. If I do upgrade this one or buy the Gibson and I might. It will be just because I want to own a Gibson or try try the Seymour Duncan pickups built for this guitar. Not because the guitar needs anything. I might even buy another one. I had a hard time deciding which one I wanted. At this price its possible that might buy one in Black and one in Honey burst. And put Seymour Duncans in them. I would have three awesome axes and still have money left over comparing to the Gibson prices. Believe me I still love Gibson and American made instruments. Will probably buy the Gibson someday. But as far as value goes up front I don't know how you could beat this guitar. If I buy the Gibson it would be because I love Gibson and I know they are good investments. This would be my everyday player. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed support. Don't expect to need any. But I have spoken to people at zzounds about various subjects. Very helpful. The Wow Factor: I had seven guitars when I bought this one. I've wanted to try a Nighthawk for sometime. I'm an aspiring Blues player. I read a review that put the Nighthawk in high regard as a Blues machine. So I wanted to try one bad. Epiphone came out with this guitar at a price I could afford to buy it, try it and if I was disappointed, I new i could sell it and not lose much. That tells you my thinking goin into this purchase. Well, I love it. Its gorgeous and it sounds great, feels great. The only thing that could possibly be more appealing is a couple of more. I might have to own one of each color. Overall: I expect to keep this guitar forever. If it gets lost or stolen I WILL find it. And I promise you don't want to be the one that stole it. It would be a bad day for that guy. I love guitars so I know I'll buy other guitars. But it want change my love for this one. Its MINE. I plan to pass it on to family or a trusted friend when I'm gone.
Style of Music: Mostly Blues, some classic and southern rock.
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