Epiphone Goes Goth: A Dark Take on the Classic '58 Explorer
Back in the late '50s, the world was graced with the infamous Explorer guitar body shape, and Epiphone has taken this classic axe to the dark side with the Epiphone Gothic Series Explorer electric guitar. A mahogany body keeps your tone beefy and heavy, housing a pair of open coil Alnico Classic humbuckers to fuel your amplifier. A sturdy mahogany neck stretches 22 frets long over a silky smooth roewood fingerboard. Sharp eyes will notice a menacing "XII" inlay that adds an intriguingly stark visual appeal, and dual volume controls and a kill-switchable tone control let you craft your output the way rock demands it to be.
Going Gothic: A Twist on the Explorer Guitar
Back in 1958, three groundbreaking guitar bodies were introduced to the world of hard rock guitars: the Flying V, the Moderne, and the Explorer. Although not immensely popular at first, the Explorer became a iconic choice for guitarists over the decades. Epiphone's Gothic Series Explorer takes the classic Explorer and adds an ominous Gothic twist.
This axe's angular asymmetrical body is a pleasure to shoulder and play. You won't find your tone short of any low or middle frequencies when you crank this baby up. There are no weight relieved chambers, so you're getting the full-bodied resonance you'd expect to hear from a mahogany body the moment you hit your very first chord fire through your amplifier.
Open-Coil Alnico Classic Pickups
If you're tired of the EMG infused tone that's nearly ubiquitous with so many rock and metal guitars, then you'll enjoy the different sonic punch of your Gothic Series Explorer's pair of open-coil Alnico Classic humbuckers. This pair is ideal for the rhythm player, and any solid distortion pedal will give you the gain you need to harness a wicked lead tone. The neck humbucker is a bit thicker sounding, while the bridge pickup brings in a bit more edge and bite.
Convenient Tone Control Kill Switch
The Epiphone Gothic Series Explorer gives you two independent volume controls to go with your three-setting pickup selector switch, so you can hone in on that perfect blend of the Alnico Classic humbuckers. The tone control features an easy-to-hit kill switch to stutter your output. This is a neat little trick to grab some extra attention, especially when you're in the middle of a wailing string bend during your solo.
Mahogany Neck for Your Rocking Pleasure
The mahogany neck on this guitar spans 22 frets in length and features a sinister looking "XII" inlay. A smooth Pau Ferro fingerboard makes for a great tonal playground for your fingers to enjoy, and each fret boasts a tight and comfortable action to make speedy licks an addicting pleasure.
- Epiphone Gothic Series electric guitar in iconic Explorer body shape
- Mahogany body
- Set-in mahogany neck
- Slim Taper D neck profile
- Scale length of 24.75"
- Pau Ferro fingerboard
- 22 frets with tight action
- Subtle "XII" inlay on the 12th fret
- Two open-coil Alnico Classic humbuckers
- Two volume controls
- One tone control with push-able signal kill switch feature
- Black chrome hardware
- Secure LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge
- Stopbar tailpiece
- Premium die-cast 14:1 tuners
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- Pickups: Alnico Classic
- Hardware: Black chrome
- Scale: 24.75"
- Nut Width: 1.68"
- Neck Joint: Set
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro/Side markers; 12th fret "XII" inlay
- Binding: None
- Body Material: Mahogany
- Finish: Satin Black
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