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Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon Electric Guitar (with Case)

The Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon electric guitar adds some skin-chilling appointments to the standard Explorer guitar making for one bloody great guitar. (11) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Don't Go Out at Night-This Explorer Might Take Your Life!

More than just a great-looking wood, with a broad and pronounced grain, swamp ash is beloved for its low weight, superior resonance, and balanced tone, with firm lows, a punchy midrange, and sweet highs. In the body of the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon, swamp ash offers all the power you could ever seek in an Explorer, along with a sweetness you've never heard before. To this, Gibson adds a glued-in neck cut from a single piece of solid quarter-sawn mahogany for superior strength and resonance, and carves it to a slim, super-fast profile that yields unimpeded shred potential right up to the 22nd fret.

And where does all your vengeance and fury go? Shred, metal and thrash artists have long appreciated the virtues of active pickups, and every fiery lick you throw at the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon gets sucked up and spewed out by a pair of Gibson's new active humbuckers, powered by a 9V battery accessed through its own door in the back control plate. Some of the most powerful pickups ever produced by a company known for pioneering the humbucker, the pickups on the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon offer a new fidelity and clarity that high-output passive pickups have difficulty matching, with a power and presence that goes way beyond anything demanded by the most extreme music. Controls are a straightforward three-way toggle switch, an independent volume for each pickup, and a master tone.

But to really tap your own vein of evil, you demand even more-and the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon delivers. A high-performance Schaller vibrato tailpiece provides everything from hypnotic wobbles to soaring divebombs, all with outstanding return-to-pitch tuning stability thanks to a Schaller Locking Nut at the headstock end. Black Mini-Grover tuners cap off the hardware-while all-black styling with ominous blood-red inlays and highlights accentuate the full menace that this guitar delivers.

The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon comes with a Gibson hardshell case and is covered by Gibson's famous Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service. Sink your teeth in now.

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Specifications

Body
- Top: Swamp Ash
- Back: Swamp Ash
- Body Type: Chambered
- Adhesive : Franklin Titebond
Neck
- Species: Mahogany
- Profile: Fast Explorer Neck
- Truss Rod: Traditional
- Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
Neck Fit
- Joint: Mortise & Tenon
- Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
- Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 in.
Fingerboard
- Species: Rosewood
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Radius: 12 in.
- Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
- Inlays: Red Acrylic Blood Drops
Nut
- Material: Schaller Black Locking Nut
- Width: 1.7
- Slots: Gibson PLEK System
Headstock
- Type : Explorer for Bass Side Tuners
- Logo: Red "Gibson" Silkscreen Logo
- Truss Rod Cover: Gibson Bell Shaped Molded
- Angle: 14 Degrees
Tuners
- Model: Mini-Grover Tuners
- Tuning Ratio: 14:01
- Plating: Black
Bridge
- Type: Shaller Floyd-Rose Style Tremelo w/locking nut
- Material: Zinc Surrounded by a Die Casting Alloy
- Plating: Brass and Steel
Hardware
- Knobs: Black Top Hat with Red Numbers
- Control Plate Covers: Explorer with Battery Box .090 blk
- Strap Buttons: Aluminum
- Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
Pickups
- Neck Position: Gibson GEM Active Pickup
- Bridge Position: Gibson GEM Active Pickup
- Magnet Material: Alnico II
Electronics
- Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 1 Master Tone Control
- Type:
- 300k Audio Taper Lead Volume
- 500k Audio Taper Non-Linear Master Tone
- Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
- Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Red Toggle Cap
- Output Jack: 1/4 in. Switchcraft
Finish
- Surface Texture: Grain Textured Satin Finish
- Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Case
- Type: Gibson Hardshell
- Case Exterior: Black
- Case Interior: Black
Accessories
- Owner's Manual
- Adjustment Literature
- Documentation for the Guitar's Limited Lifetime Warranty
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 (11 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "This guitar does not stay in tune, does not play right, has a decent sound, and mine came with cosmetic blemishes. I love Gibson"
Sound: This Explorer is supposed to give you a metal sound, which it does, but you can tell it is not a high end Gibson. Not bad for the money I guess when it comes to sound. Feature: It has a Schaller bridge, that makes the guitar get out of tune fast, tried tuning the guitar straight for 30 minutes and it kept getting out of tune. Ease of Use: If you ignore the fact that the guitar keeps getting out of tune, the playability is mediocre. You can feel how the strings create friction against the fretboard. It is not smooth. Intonation was totally off as well. Quality: This guitar came with a big scratch at the back of the neck near the head and it looked like it was a crack. On the back of the head, the word "Made" was missing M and a so it said, "de in USA" lol. Worst part about this guitar is that it cannot stay in tune, making it completely useless. The body was nice, but it would have been nice for the shades of red to be more noticeable. Value: You can get a nice LTD ESP for the same price and get a better sound and a nice guitar that will stay in tune. Manufacturer Support: Never. The Wow Factor: Gibson had a great concept in creating this guitar. That is what attracted me to buy the guitar in the first place. If Gibson would've given me a guitar that stays in tune with no cosmetic blemishes, I would've kept the guitar in a heart beat. Overall: I already returned this guitar back to ZZ, because it was a big disappointment. Like I previously said, you can get an ESP LTD for that money and have a nice quality guitar.
Style of Music: Rock, Metal, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Funk.
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