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" 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!
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 a 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-splitting 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" potentiometers make for worry-free operation.
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 NEW classic for a great price!
||AAA Flame Maple Veneer
||Rosewood w/mother-of-pearl "Crown" inlays
||Slant NHT(TM) Humbucker; 4-wire
||NHR(TM) Mini-Humbucker; 4-wire
||5-Way Slider, Master Volume, Master Tone with Push/Pull Coil Tapping
||Nighthawk full-adjustable; String-Thru body
||Body and Fingerboard
||Grover (TM) 14: ratio
||Fireburst (FB), Honeyburst (HB), Trans Amber (TA), Trans Black (TB)
||Epiphone Limited Lifetime
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Seymour Duncan to Support Epiphone Nighthawk with After-Market Pickups! Legendary pickup maker Seymour Duncan will offer replacement, after-market pickups for Epiphone's new Nighthawk Custom Reissue guitar. Historically, guitarists had very few (if any) options when it came to replacement pickups for the Nighthawk's distinctive and unique "Slant NHT" 4-wire humbucker.
Seymour Duncan's after-market replacement pickups for the Nighthawk bridge position humbucker will come in two voicings.
The '59 Model(TM) is Seymour Duncan's take on the legendary "Patent Applied For" humbucker. The output is vintage (8.13K Ohms D.C. Resistance) because its coils are wound with Plain Enamel wire on a vintage Leesona Model 102 winding machine. The tone is clear and crystalline and the '59 is great for all music styles.
The JB Model(TM) is the world's most popular hot-rodded humbucker. Its powerful coil windings (16.4K Ohms D.C. Resistance) give it loads of power and make it a big step up from the '59 in terms of output. But unlike other high-output humbuckers, the JB retains its punchy upper-midrange detail. It's applicable for heavier music styles.
Expected availability for these Seymour Duncan pickups is March 2011. Seymour Duncan, as well as others, already offers an assortment of replacements for the Nighthawks neck and middle position pickups.