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IM4Tone

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Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« on: January 17, 2011, 04:47:15 PM »
I'm getting a strong urge for one of these :-\ They're to hit the stores around March 1st.
Opinions? :-\
http://www.epiphone.com/news.asp?NewsID=2000

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 07:09:46 PM »
I've had the itch too. Maybe by the time they hit the stores I'll have the $$$ too!!

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 09:34:53 PM »
I've had the itch too. Maybe by the time they hit the stores I'll have the $$$ too!!
If you beat me to it, be sure to post about it here :)

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 10:30:16 AM »
I've seen the Gibson verison of this guitar.  Its just an odd ball guitar.  Doesn't quite fit any traditional body designs.  Doesn't mean they aren't designed well or don't play well.  They are just different.

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2011, 02:44:32 PM »
I've seen the Gibson verison of this guitar.  Its just an odd ball guitar.  Doesn't quite fit any traditional body designs.  Doesn't mean they aren't designed well or don't play well.  They are just different.
They claim the top half of the body is a Les Paul and the bottom is an SG shape  :-\  And I guess the fact that there are 3 pickups, the center being a single coil and the others capable of "splitting" makes it more like a fender. ???
Yes, they are different for sure and that's probably what appeals to me. :D

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 03:33:22 PM »
Not to sure on the shape, but it has some nice tones on the video clip. If it feels and plays as well as it sounds, I'd have one. Anyone know the price ? 

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 06:59:05 PM »
http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-EPI-EDNH-XXNH1-LIST  $399
No mention of a case. Hopefully they've designed one. They're usually an additional $70-$125.
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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 08:27:08 AM »
Not to sure on the shape, but it has some nice tones on the video clip. If it feels and plays as well as it sounds, I'd have one. Anyone know the price ?

Guitar Center and Musicians Friend has them listed for only $399.

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2011, 12:32:11 PM »
250 English ! I would expect that they will be more when they hit the shore ! But a good price for a versatile guitar.

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2011, 09:19:33 AM »
Looks like the color I like will be available next Thursday (2/3/2011) @ http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-EPI-EDNH-XXNH1-LIST Also the SG G400 case is a fit for it...$79 and it too is available 2/3/2011.

Seems as though Gibson has also reissued their Nighthawk, a slight variation from the Epi, but same shape. Different bridge pickup (not slanted) and the two humbuckers can be split individually. It's $1400 and no mention of a case (Gibson usually supplies one w/ the guitar)...available 2/15/2011.

I know I won't spring $1400 for the Gibson, but the question is will I get the Epi or wait for more reviews and feedback from users.....major life decisions ::)

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2011, 10:21:43 AM »
Another choice is to look for a used Gibson Blueshawk/Nighthawk.  I prefer to buy guitars gently used nowdays with no modifications.  Save a lot of money that way!  I will admit I belive the Epiphone model is much more refined looking than Gibson's verision.

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2011, 06:33:10 AM »
The reason people didn't like it was the bridge pickup, as no replacements exist.

For blueshawks, there's even a fan site: http://blueshawk.info/intro.htm



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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2011, 08:43:46 AM »
The reason people didn't like it was the bridge pickup, as no replacements exist.

For blueshawks, there's even a fan site: http://blueshawk.info/intro.htm
If that's the case, it would explain why the new Gibson version has a standard shape pup in the bridge.
Another choice is to look for a used Gibson Blueshawk/Nighthawk.  I prefer to buy guitars gently used nowdays with no modifications.  Save a lot of money that way!  I will admit I belive the Epiphone model is much more refined looking than Gibson's verision.
I think I'd rather have the new Epi than the old Gibson. If I were to spring for a new or even"gently used" Gibson, it'd probably be the ES-339 8)

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2011, 10:14:41 AM »
I've got my eye on a used Gibson ES-137.  Doubt I'll get it, but I sure want to try it!

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Re: Epiphone Nighthawk Reissue
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2011, 11:55:57 PM »
I've only see pictures and specs on the ES-137; haven't played or even handled one. Without playing it, I lean toward the ES-339 because of the thinner body. I love the semi-hollow body guitars for their tone and own an Ibanez AS86 (which is basically a Gibson ES-335 wannabe). It's a great guitar, but if I could make one improvement, it would be the body size...hence my attraction to the ES-339.

I also have an Epi Wildkat which is smaller than the ES-335 and has P-90 pup's. It's a great Rockabilly sounding guitar but also very versatile. Again, the hollow body gives it great tone.