Gibson Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar (with Case)

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Create a storm of heavy metal mayhem with this Thunderhorse Electric Guitar from Gibson. Ideal for fans of Deathklok and Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, this guitar is a weapon of metal destruction.

For fierce riffs, eviscerating tones, and all-out metal mayhem, there's no one heavier than Dethklok... in the imaginations of their creators, at least. As the resident death metal merchants on Adult Swim's Metalocalypse, Dethklok epitomize no-hold-barred rock excess; but as much as the band members on the TV show are fictional, the music itself is very real. As performed in the studio by Brendon Small, who also does the voice for Dethklok's Gibson Explorer-wielding lead guitarist, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, the guitar playing behind this animated phenomenon is powerful and compelling, and has garnered enough fans to warrant two actual album releases--The Dethalbum (2007) and Dethalbum II (2009)--and a series of live tours, with Small and supporting musicians playing live, accompanying animated characters on the big screen.

In honor of this virtual/actual sensation, Gibson USA introduces the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer, a top-flight metal guitar that is very much real, and patterned after Skwisgaar Skwigelf's weapon of choice. Dressed in a stunning Silverburst finish, appointed with the finest electronics and hardware available, and rendered in the shape of the most radical electric guitar in the history of the instrument, the Gibson Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer is a fitting tribute to the musical achievements of Small and his animated partners in rock, although the guitar--unlike its namesake--is entirely flesh and blood... or, wood and wire at least. It packs all the meat read more and muscle to lash out the most menacing metal, yet is capable of purring sweetly when desired, and offers the kind of stellar playability that you have come to expect from more than a century of Gibson guitars.

Gibson Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer Guitar Features

- Solid Mahogany body with satin Silverburst finish
- Super-fast slim neck profile
- Thunderhorse engraved on truss rod cover
- BurstBucker 1 in the neck and BurstBucker 2 in the bridge
- Mini-Grover tuners with an efficient 14:1 turn ratio

A slim, fast neck profile with a thickness of .800 inch at the 1st fret and .850 inch at the 12th fret makes it easy to get your riff on with speed and agility, right up to the 22nd fret of the black ebony fingerboard, thanks to the Explorer's classic easy-access shape. A dense Corian nut, cut on the computerized PLEK for total precision, enhances the transfer of vibrational energy into the neck, while that classic pairing of ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece at the body end provide the perfect blend of adjustability and solidity, and all of these critical components work together to optimize the guitar's resonance and sustain.

To maximize all of this tonal splendor, the Gibson Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer is equipped with a calibrated set of Gibson's popular BurstBucker humbucking pickups, which comprises a BurstBucker 1 in the neck position and a slightly hotter BurstBucker 2 in the bridge position, for the perfect output balance between the two pickup selections. Made with unpolished Alnico II magnets and unpotted coils that are wound to slightly different numbers of turns of 42-gauge plain enamel-coated wire, just like the originals, these are some of the finest reproduction PAF (patent applied for) style humbuckers available today.

Wrap it all in Gibson's menacingly beautiful grain-textured Silverburst finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, which offers a tactile matt surface to the touch and a fast-feeling neck, and this tribute guitar has got the looks to play the part, too.
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- Species: Mahogany
- Body Type: Non-Chambered
- Binding: Cream .090 inches
- Adhesive: Franklin Titebond

- Species: Mahogany
- Profile: Slim, Fast Neck
- Truss Rod: Traditional
- Adhesive: Franklin Titebond

Neck Fit
- Joint: Mortise and Tenon
- Adhesive: Franklin Titebond
- Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 inches

- Species: Richlite
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Radius: 12 inches
- Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
- Binding: .075 Cream
- Inlays: White Swirl Acrylic Dots

- Material: Corian
- Width: 1.695
- Slots: Gibson PLEK System

- Type: Explorer
- Logo: Silver Gibson Silkscreen Logo
- Truss Rod Cover: Black Bell HS with engraved Silver Thunderhorse
- Angle: 14 Degrees

- Model: Mini-Grover Tuners
- Tuning Ratio: 14:01
- Plating: Chrome

- Type: Tune-O-Matic
- Material: Zamak
- Plating: Chrome

- Type: Stop Bar
- Material: Zamak
- Plating: Chrome

- Knobs: Black Top Hat with Red Numbers
- Control Plate Covers: Explorer .090 Black
- Pickguard: .090 Black
- Strap Buttons: Aluminum

- Neck Position: Burstbucker 1
- Bridge Position: Burstbucker 2
- Magnet Material: Alnico II

- Potentiometers: Two Volume, One Master Tone
- Type: 300k Audio Taper Lead Volume; 500k Audio Taper Non-Linear Master Tone
- Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
- Toggle Switch: Three-way with Black Toggle Cap
- Output Jack: 1/4 inch

- Surface Texture: Gloss Silver Burst
- Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

- Type: Gibson Hardshell
- Case Exterior: Black
- Case Interior: Black

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (800) 444-2766

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 9 out of 10 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted June 25, 2012 by Jeffrey Milam in Central City, KY
"Another great guitar I have purchased from zZounds"
Overall: 9 out of 10 stars
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I have been playing guitar for 40 years and have toured the US and Europe and have played about every guitar made....I had a Gibson E2 explorer in the 80's and the Dethklok is a great guitar it's not as heavy and packs a punch even more than the 80's explorer...stays right in tune and very well balanced...It rocks and looks great!

This guitar covers it all when it comes to Rock....I use 2 Marshall JCM heads and 2 Marshall cabs and all I use with this guitar is the compressor and the preamp on the Marshalls and it far as modern rock this guitar has what it takes....and can do the classic stuff just as well......

The Burstbuckers kicks and has plenty of bottom for the hard stuff....

Ease of Use
Plays with ease and has a super fast neck....I always set all my guitars to my specifications...and this one fit right in.......

Great Quality! the finish is stunning and the Mahogany woods on the body and neck make this guitar have plenty of sustain....and the binding is a plus...all high quality Gibson usually have the Binding....great Looks and the sound is Awesome!

this guitar is well worth the price I paid....and probably will go up....better grab one now before they are sold out....

Manufacturer Support
haven't had to use the support!

The Wow Factor
The Explorer has always been a WOW Factor....everyone that read more has ever played one or even seen one has always said Wow!!!!!! what a great looking guitar...I collect guitars and this one will stay in my collection....haven't seen one this good since my 80's E2 explorer....

Musical Background:
been playing for 40 years and have played Professionally for Artist for the last 25 years

Musical Style:
Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Southern Rock and Country
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