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« on: February 27, 2012, 12:14:45 AM »

This is not an expensive guitar - $399 new.

I normally don't like Gibiphones because of the tune-o-matic type of bridge.  Was on a business trip this week and rather than waste away in the hotel room, there was one of those best buy stores with instruments inside.  Looky there, it's a Gibson Nighthawk as I looked across the room.  A friend from work has one of these and I never got to play it plugged in, but it felt correct in the hands.  I was wrong about the Best Buy axe, it was an Epiphone version and man, what a variety of tones there are available just from all of the different types and taps of pickups.  Very easy to play, properly setup at Best Buy no less.

For Larrivée's next electric, I'd like to see something like this where there's intentionally built in uniqueness and possibility for tonal variety.

Anyone else a fan of the Nighthawks from Gibson - their somewhat foray into stop-tail bridges?
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 02:43:30 PM »

I've always thought they were a great idea, but I don't think I've ever seen a lefty...

...and aren't they also 25.5" scale length? That adds immensely to the tonal variety.

Gibson has lately come out with a few low end cheaper versions that just have two humbuckers on them - what's the point of that?

I like the original designs with three distinct pickups.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 03:30:27 PM »

I've always preferred: 1. Gibson's 2. Smaller Bodied electrics like the Nighthawk and the LP Jr. If I buy a Larrivee electric it will be an RS2.

I played one of the new Epiphone Nighthawks a couple weeks ago and was blown away. The mini at the neck was hard to dial in as to what it compares to in tone. It was pretty raunchy when I wanted it to be, yet it cleaned up much better than any other PU I've heard at the neck.

The MSRP was $399 as mentioned above, but the final OTD price the guy quoted me was well below that.

If it wasn't for the fact that I really want to stay married, I would have bought it right then and there.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 04:53:14 PM »

If it wasn't for the fact that I really want to stay married, I would have bought it right then and there.

 

I hear you man!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012, 08:51:13 PM »

@mikeymac - yes, 25.5" scale length.

@CZEROR9 - interesting about the OTD price.  I may have to go shopping.  Anyone looking for a well-maintained MIM Fender Fat Strat, custom wired so that the neck Tone control works on ALL pickups, and the middle Tone control is a variable tap on the tail HB pup?

-Scott
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