When you think of the Epiphone Nighthawk, think “style meets versatility.” I had the pleasure to play with one of these and I must say, it certainly left an impression on me. I’m all into something that’s completely unique from what I already have. I don’t care for buying 2 different guitars with the exact same pick-ups. Luckily there is NOTHING like the Epiphone Nighthawk. Trust me, this thing is about as unique as you can get.
The look is unmistakable, with its slanted humbucker staring at you; with the single coil in the center, and the mini humbucker at the neck. The features include a 22-fret fingerboard with Rosewood. They have the nice crowns in pearl (not real pearl but still pretty sharp) inlays. It has one volume control and one push/ pull knob with a slider with 5 selections. The electronics are what really make this guitar crazy-unique. It has an NHR mini-humbucker at the neck, which plays a bit on the hot side. In fact the bridge pickup, the Slant NHT (the bridge pickup) plays a little hot as well. The single-coil NSX sounds decent by itself, but when combined with the mini, it roars out a completely unique sound.
This Epiphone Nighthawk is known as the “custom” reissue of the 1993 Gibson. It was discontinued in 1999, but is thankfully back in full thrust. The Epiphone version makes this an affordable dream at only $399.00. It’s tough to pass of a deal like this, since the original Gibson Nighthawks are selling for upwards of $1,300.00. The quality of the Epiphone is so good, you could easily pass this off as a Gibson original.I like to compare lower-end versions of the guitar companies; like Fender. It’s quite interesting how Fender’s Squier is no match for the much higher-quality Epiphone. Here is a tip to get the best value: inspect your Epiphone at the store before you buy, if you can. Occasionally you will see some screws in slightly slanted. If I see that or other minor defects, I’ll ask to see another one, or check out other stores that have the Nighthawk. One time I went to three different stores and took home the best of the three. It was well worth it.