So once again it's another new guitar day, i've had to make a 4 hour round trip to get it but i don't regret it one bit, so it says it's made in Japan:
but it's an,
and there are people who say that's it's made in China and finished in Japan, but whataver it plays brilliantly and at £699 i think it's well worth the price.
So on to the pictures
It's an Edwards E-EX-110D Stain Cloudy Black, it's a lot different to the usual explorer you see, and it's the proper explorer shape which i prefer to ESP's pointy explorer shape.
It's Got Semour Duncan Blackouts, now i haven't tried these before, but they are certainly decent pickups, not a scratch on BKP's though, i'm sure i'll put some BKP's in it eventually.
and finally the back of the neck:
The neck is also stained, and it isn't a big as it's Gibson/Epiphone counterparts. It's also a set neck and very comfortable.
So onto the Main Review:
This guitar was made in the early part of this year, so it's brand new. The action and playability straight out of the box is brillaint, probably one of the first new guitars i've brought where i can safely sit down and play it and have no complaints. The finish is a Stained Black, due to fact that the mahogany used is young mahogany it is very delicate, but one of the reason i go it in this colour is that dents and scrathes don't look out of place, and besides even though it is delicate the finish even all over the guitar and no patches where the stain hasn't been applied properly. So the first impressions of the guitar are great.
Now getting down to buisness, how does it sound and what's it like to play. Well as i am about to move house soon I haven't got my amps set up to play it through, but i did play it at the store and through Peavey Revalver on my computer. The Seymour Duncan pickups like I said aren't as natural and big as my BKP's I have in my other guitars, but they are precise and articulate, and more open sounding than EMG's, but that doesn't mean EMG's are any worse, they are just used for a different style.
Overall the sound is brilliant for most kinds of metal where precision is necessary, and the cleans are pretty good too, not a thin as EMG cleans but not as full as most passive pickups.
And finally the playability, the neck is a dream to play, no dead frets, all of the are even, the size is a lot more managable than you would find on a Epiphone/Gibson and it is extremly Comfortable. The other great thing about it is how light it is, After playing my brothers Epi Explorer, this is so much more managable, could easily stand up playing it for hours, and i haven't encountered any neck dive what such ever, so it seems to be a very well balanced guitar.
All in all, I am glad i made the 4 hour round journey to get this, and I am glad I've brought it, and hopefully it is one a of the few guitars i will stick with over the years.