#1
The first electric guitar I got was a Schecter Tempest Custom, because I wanted a versatile guitar that I could use fairly well for all different kinds of music. It's done really well so far, but I've been really looking for a guitar that I could use for lots of heavier rock, and mainly metal.

I've been looking at what the guitarists I listen to most use, and what I like the most, and the two guitars that look to be my best options are the Gibson Explorer, and the ESP V.

I was wondering what everyone knew from experience and thought about these guitars, or if there are other guitars with a similar/better tone and bodyshape that you think are better.
#3
They aren't hard to play sitting down, but they do force you to use better posture, well me to anyway. It really helps because my V sits like it does when I stand up so I can pretty much practice sitting down all the time and stand up and not have to get used to it. V's FTW!
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#4
If you're gonna get an ESP V, be aware that you're going to look ridiculous playing anything but metal with it, whereas with a Gibson V the slightly less-radical body shape stands out but is acceptable for other genres. Ditto the Explorer - I can't think of a single popular music genre where an Explorer would be too weird to use.

Choose whichever one's playability you like more, I suppose. The ESP is most likely going to be faster, but I really like Explorer necks. Not too chunky but enough "heft" that it feels good to put your hand around. Of course, that's going to be entirely subjective. Give both a try.

Personally I'd go with the Explorer but that's only because I've been GAS'ing for one. Both are great guitars, really.
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#5
I've always wanted the Explorer, ever since Metallica delivered me from crappy nu-metal and pop rock into actual good music.

But there's something about a V, and a real metal guitar, that seems to beckon me.

Though, it's a real pain in the ass that Guitar Center doesn't seem to deal ESP guitars.
#6
Explorers are good, but I don't like the pickups.

I'm not a fan of V's myself, but a lot of people are, and they have awesome features. The ESP V-500 is great. Try that if you play metal.
#7
I'd say get the ESP Ex or the Gibson V, that ESP EX400 is soooo nice, if you want to play metal this is the guitar for you
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#8
Oh yeah and personally i think the ESP Vs are horrible looking, if you wanted a V for metal then get the Micheal Amott sig the Ninja
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#9
i really love the gibson explorer, great sound and plays great,

BUT BE AWARE if you get a Gibson play it first! I have played about 10 Gibson Explorers and only 2 of them were flawless...Gibson quality control pretty much sucks nowadays, so play them and look at them closely before you buy one
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