Epiphone has launched an intriguing guitar derived from a less well-known 1990s Gibson model: the Nighthawk-shaped, mahogany-bodied Fanatic. Revisiting Nancy Wilson’s signature instrument with Gibson from 2013, the Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic is loaded with a sweet set of ProBucker humbuckers, and makes the style and sound of its Gibson-badged predecessor available at a much more accessible price point. Let’s rock!
Epiphone Nancy Wilson signature
Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson has teamed up with Epiphone to create a more affordable version of the 2013 Gibson guitar bearing her name. It’s based on the Nighthawk body shape, made from mahogany and finished in a Fireburst Gloss finish with a commemorative ‘Fanatic‘ truss-rod cover. This model also has subtly figured maple veneer top and a rounded ‘C’ profile mahogany neck that comes with an ebony fretboard and split parallelogram inlays. It’s a string-through body replete with some quirky little details like a trapezoidal plate underneath the Nighthawk Hardtail bridge.
Here’s what Ms Wilson has to say in the official press release:
In the midst of the distant Eighties, I was approached by Gibson to design a signature model. I put pencil to paper to first design the body shape and chose a curvy female diminutive silhouette for the cut away. Many years later the body shape remains exact and the hardware I requested makes the Fanatic a solid citizen amongst the great rock guitar screamers.
“Rock guitar screamers”, eh? Well, this set of ProBucker humbuckers should have you covered. They’re wired via a five-way pickup selector switch and a master volume and tone control. This is one sweet-looking guitar, and with those pickups installed, it should sound the part, too.
Listen to Bob and Angus give you their reactions to this new guitar in our NAMM 2021 Gearnews video below. The official promo video is worth a look too, and you can read up on the full specifications on Epiphone’s website. I think this is a super collaboration for both Nancy and Gibson. Expect a great guitar given the price point – there’s even a case included!
RRP – USD 529 including hard case