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Epiphone Gothic Series Explorer Electric Guitar

Forget the neighbors -- this guitar will wake the dead! Part of Epiphone's Gothic Series, this Explorer boasts a killswitch and a sick Satin Black finish. (186) Read 16 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Explorer has always been an outstanding guitar for hard-rock; its distinct look and sound making it a longtime favorite of shredders everywhere. The Epiphone Gothic Series Explorer builds on the Explorer's reputation for hard-rock glory with a bold color scheme inspired by the popular Gibson Gothic series. Recreating the original Explorer design with an ominous exterior, the Gothic Explorer sports an all black finish, black dual humbuckers, and a sinister "XII" inlay at the twelfth fret. The body is made from mahogany with a set mahogany neck which means you get a dark, dense tone to match the vibe of this axe. All at an impressive low price, the Epiphone Gothic Series Explorer is an outstanding value on an unique guitar.

Features:

- Dark take on a classic guitar design
- Black finish with black hardware and black pickups
- Dual Epiphone humbuckers
- Distinct "XII" inlay on twelfth fret
- Mahogany body with set mahogany neck and ebony fretboard
- Epiphone limited lifetime warranty with 24/7/365 customer service

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- Pickups: Alnico Classic
- Hardware: Black chrome
- Scale: 24.75"
- Nut Width: 1.68"
- Neck Joint: Set
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony/Side markers; 12th fret "XII" inlay
- Binding: None
- Body Material: Mahogany
- Finish: Satin Black
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 22 x 4 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
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4.5 out of 5 (186 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"You'd be insane not to buy it."
Sound: Sound is really nothing more than personal preferance, and for me, it responds great to my Peavy Vypyr. I've also played it on a Peavy 6505 and it still kicked ass. I don't have the "too muddy" problem some folks do. All I can say to them is tweak the amp some more because mine doesn't sound muddy at all. Just good HEAVY crunch. I also play primarily in drop-C tuning, so I guess you can't complain when its that heavy. Feature: This guitar is perfect for me. No Floyd Rose? Fine with me. It just gets in the way (thats why I got rid of my Schecter) and I don't play the kind of music that would benefit from whammy bar shenanagins. No string locks? Thats cool too. Learn to string the guitar correctly and you will never need string locks. No active pickups? Hey, that means no worries of a battery dying mid performance. Ease of Use: To me, the guitar couldn't be any more comfortable. The neck's shape and size is perfect. Same with the frets, they're spaced just right for my hands. The knobs are also smooth as silk and easy to use, though I only use the tone knob (all the way up) and only use the bridge pickup, which is good because the switch is kind of awkwardly placed out of the way for manipulating while playing. Also, I've also played $1400 Gibson Explorers that felt like crap, so I suppose there is a variation from guitar to guitar. Seems like I got a ringer- put together with all the right parts. Quality: For the price, I couldn't be happier. I mean, its a $400 guitar that feels and plays like a million bucks. Mine came set up perfectly out of the box and has held up to being lugged around without a case with no issues so far. Value: If you want an Explorer and don't want to shell out over a grand, this guitar is perfect. Its just as good as any Gibson Explorer (and better in some cases) but for less than half the price. You'd be crazy not to jump on one. Manufacturer Support: I haven't needed it, so couldn't tell you. The Wow Factor: There's nothing more metal than flat black. Its gorgeoes. And the glossy black pickguard accents it so well, as do the knobs, bridge, and tuners. And I like the neck. I've always though dots to be tacky,so I really like the clean look of the fretboard. The XII inlay is also a nice touch. I really wish it had an ebony fretboard, but then it wouldn't be priced at only $400. This guitar with my camo strap is pure sex. Overall: As far as I'm concerned, this guitar will remain in my arsenal until I die. I will never sell or trade it, rather I will buy it new siblings and always consider it my favorite. It will be spoiled. Its my drop-C king, as others will be tuned in drop-D and drop-B accordingly, and I primarily play in drop-C.
Style of Music: Heavy F-ing Metal
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"Just change the pickups!"
Sound: This is the ONLY place that this guitar lacks.. The stock pickups aren't too great, they can get pretty muddy under distortion.. I switched them out to a set of Gibson 496R/500T ceramics and this thing absolutely SCREAMS now!! Feature: I only put down a 9 because this guitar doesn't really have any special features, just a bare-boned metal guitar! Ease of Use: Set up perfect outta the box. I couldn't be happier. Quality: The quality of this guitar is excellent, for having been made in korea (mine is anyway, I think the new ones are MIC).. Value: I think this guitar is a GREAT value, especially if you are looking for a metal guitar on a budget. All I reccomend doing is changing out the pickups, and it sounds like a Gibson! Manufacturer Support: Haven't neede to deal with Epiphone.. The Wow Factor: I was GASsing for this guitar for about a year before I bought it, must be one of the sexiest guitars I've ever seen. Overall: Overall, just a wonderful guitar.. Everything about it is great.. It screams "METAL!!", sounds great (after pup upgrade). feels great, you name it!
Style of Music: Metal, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, anything and everything
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