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Gibson Bill Kelliher Explorer Electric Guitar

Kelliher's custom "Golden Axe" Explorer features a top-bound solid-mahogany body that's loaded with split-coil Lace Nitro Hemi humbuckers. (12) Read 12 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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When your tone's as massive as that of Mastodon's Bill Kelliher, you need a guitar with equally mammoth power. For both looks and sound, the iconic Gibson Explorer is a perfect fit: this radically angled electric was light-years ahead of its time when it was introduced in 1958, and it's still the first choice of many of the world's fiercest rockers.

The Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe" Explorer from Gibson USA brews select tonewoods into a timelessly revolutionary body style. With powerful LACE Nitro Hemi humbucking pickups and classic hardware, this is a guitar befitting Kelliher's status in the world of metal. Trapezoid fingerboard inlays, gold-plated hardware, a hot-stamped Golden Axe truss-rod cover, cream pickguard with hot-stamped Mastodon logo, and Bill's choice of Go-Gold Burst finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer complete this stunning package.

Body and neck

Mahogany has a long history as a tonewood with Gibson, and it provides the perfect core for the Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe" Explorer. Crafted from solid, unchambered mahogany, the Explorer-style body yields plenty of richness and depth, along with excellent sustain. The solid mahogany neck is carved to Bill's preference of slim Explorer profile measuring 0.800" at the 1st fret and 0.850" at the 12th, and topped with a solid rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a PLEK-cut Corian nut. The body's top and fingerboard are trimmed in elegant cream binding.

Pickups and electronics Bill Kelliher demands the utmost in power and versatility from his pickups, which is why his "Golden Axe" Explorer is equipped with two powerful LACE(TM) Nitro Hemi(R) humbuckers. These extremely powerful contemporary humbuckers excel at high-gain metal tones, with thumping lows and punchy, aggressive mids, yet retain outstanding clarity and sweet, bell-like highs. As a bonus, they are wired for coil-splitting to provide authentic single-coil tones, which can be used individually or in several combinations via a traditional three-way selector switch. A push-pull switch on the master volume control splits the bridge pickup, while the master tone's switching splits the neck pickup.

Hardware

Ever since their introduction in 1954, Gibson's Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece have been acclaimed for their perfect marriage of solid sustain and efficient intonation. These classics answer the call perfectly on the Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe" Explorer, along with a set of high-quality Grover Mini tuners. All hardware, along with the strap buttons and pickup covers, is plated in gold.

Case and extras

Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell Explorer case with black exterior, and includes owner's manual and truss-rod adjustment tool, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service.

Features:

- Mahogany body with stunning Gold Burst finish
- Mahogany neck with Bill Kelliher's slim, fast profile
- Rosewood fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays
- Pair of split-coil LACE Nitro Hemi humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Mini Grover kidney tuners with 14:1 ratio zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
- Mahogany body with stunning Gold Burst finish
- Mahogany neck with Bill Kelliher's slim, fast profile
- Rosewood fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays
- Pair of split-coil LACE Nitro Hemi humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Mini Grover kidney tuners with 14:1 ratio
- Trapezoid fingerboard inlays
- Gold-plated hardware
- A hot-stamped Golden Axe truss-rod cover
- Cream pickguard with hot-stamped Mastodon logo
- Nitrocellulose lacquer
- 22 medium-jumbo frets
- PLEK-cut Corian nut
- Tune-o-matic bridge w/ stopbar tailpiece
Gibson Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
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Overall: I just received this guitar today. After ordering it this past Saturday. Zzounds was extremely helpful and the guitar showed up quickly in perfect shape. On to the guitar. I don't play Explorers, I just don't I leave that to guys in Metal bands like James Hetfieild, Bill Kelliher, Matthias Jabs, etc I just never thought they were my thing. This thing resonated with me from the first moment. Fit and finish is tight you can see the grain through the gold and the black fade is consistent. The knobs and push pulls are solid don't feel like low end Gibson they feel smooth and sturdy. Same with the selector no low end components. Metal jack cover not plastic tuner ratios great. Lace Senor Hemi Nitros... You have to make you call on these, Super clear and high output. Great bass response. I personally love them but it could be something guys aren't into if videos online aren't giving you any ideas it's like a Gibson 500T with a bit more output and clarity. Overall I dig Mastodon and Bill and I think Gibson did something really cool here I'm not typically an explorer guy but this guitar is now my main touring instrument. I'm extremely stoked with Gibson and Zzounds it's the best bang for my buck I feel i've ever gotten for a guitar. The end, If you think you want this you won't regret it. Sight unseen this thing was everything I thought it was going to be.
Style of Music: Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore
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Overall: From the moment I opened the case, I realized NO picture of this guitar does the finish justice. The Nitro Hemi pickups sound awesome clean, and are hotter than you would expect. The quality of this build is near custom shop quality, at less than half the price. I have had this guitar a few weeks now, and "The Wow Factor" is still a solid 5 stars. The coil tapping feature is fun to play with, and the pots, and switch are set up with ease of use in mind. I cant stress enough how much better this guitar looks in person. Gibson, and Bill really worked magic here.
Style of Music: An eclectic mix.
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