Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe

Epiphone introduces the Blueshawk Deluxe, a semi-hollow guitar that was previously part of Gibson's lineup.

Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe

The Gibson Blueshawk were first produced in 1996 and run in production for ten years, and was known as the thinline Les Paul, now Epiphone is bringing back the discontinued model with added modern features and at a more affordable price point.

Although it does have the same silhouette of the Les Paul, the Blueshawk's specifications and design is actually far from being another LP. It has long scale length, contoured back and string-through-body that resembles a guitar from its rival company, the Thinline Telecaster.

Because of its different specs, it is not far fetched to think that this guitar is actually meant to compete with the Thinline Tele when it was conceived. Still it remains as one of the few truly unique Les Paul inspired designs to come out from Gibson, thankfully Epiphone has taken over and will be making this cool design more accessible.

The new Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe carries over the same chambered mahogany body with contoured back and maple top. It is shaped like a Les Paul with a single cutaway and upper bout curve. Two elegant f-holes on the top will let you peek into the semi-hollow body.

To give it a premium look without jacking up the price, the company added a AAA flame maple veneer to the top, which looks nice with the available semi-transparent finishes - Translucent Black, Wine Red and Midnight Sapphire.

Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe

The neck is crafted from mahogany neck, carved into a 60´s slim taper that seems to be among the companies most popular neck shapes. It is topped by a rosewood fretboard with a total of 22 frets and has a scale length of 25.5".

Giving the guitar it's noiseless single-coil style sound are two P-90 Pro pickups with dummy noise canceling coil. It is wired to a seemingly straightforward set of controls that incude a single master volume knob, one master tone knob and a 3 way pickup selector. Note that I said seemingly because Epiphone added a 6-position Rotary "VariTone" switch that will let you alter the pickup voicing, greatly expanding the tones that you can get out of a two P-90 pickup equipped guitar.

Not much info on the other hardware of the Blueshawk Deluxe is provided, but we can expect it to be on the same level as other sub $500 Epiphone guitars.

The new Epiphone Blueshawk Deluxe is set for a Spring 2015 release, and it is already available for pre-order for around $496. More information will soon be available at Epiphone.

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