Sound — 10
I'm a metalhead, but still like my classic rock! I listen to anything from Guns 'n' Roses to Children Of Bodom. I play a lot of Metallica, and I couldn't have a better guitar to play their songs on. It delivers that beautiful clean sound for songs like "Fade To Black", yet gives you that heavy, messy sound for songs like "Master Of Puppets". I just wish it came with a whammy already put in! Wah-wah pedals really polish off the sound from this little warrior, and it sounds phenominal plugged into amps by Marshall. I've got a Stagg amp too, but it kills the beauty of this guitar. The feedback I get with my amp and guitar is amazing, and it rings forever. It sounds incredible in Drop-D tuning. You'd think this guitar was ment to be played in drop tunings. Overall, I couldnt have a more perfect guitar for my music style.
Overall Impression — 10
Like I mentioned before, there's no better guitar I could have found that matches my style of music. I have been playing guitar for 5 years now, and out of my 2 other guitars, this is my favourite, hands down. I have no regrets whatsoever for buying this guitar, and if it were ever stolen I would chase after that person with a million knives in my hand and stab at them so hard they'd have no chance of living. I love everything about my little warrior from its sound to the way it feels. It looks bloody amazing and anyone who lays eyes on it will be jelous. I guarantee it!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I can rely on this guitar for my entire life. I guess I could play tennis with this thing and still have it in shape for a gig. I've never played a gig before, but there's no other guitar I would play if I had to. The only thing I'd worry about is the pickups going off on ya in the middle of a song, so I would bring along a backup guitar. I reckon the hardware will last forever, and there's no way the finish on this guitar will wear off anytime soon.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I first tried out the Gothic Explorer '58, the pickups were stuffed up and they kept turning off while I was playing. Luckily there was another one in stock, and I got it for the price of the faulty one. However, even now, if I don't use a really good lead, it wont work well with the pickups, and it turns off while I'm playing. The mahogany wood is amazing, I walked into a door with it when it was only 2 days old, and there is no dint and no paint chipped off. The tuning pegs are pretty secure too compared to my other guitars, I don't have to tune it that regularly.
Features — 9
This little baby has got a mahogany body, neck, and fingerboard. it's black hardware goes brilliantly with its jet black matte finish, giving it a dark, sinister look. It has no inlays except for "XII" on the 12th fret. Awesome or what? It's a 22 fret neck-thru, with double humbucking pickups, 2 volume and 1 tone knob and a 3-way selector. Its neck is perfectly balanced to its body. I got an Epiphone hardcase with it, along with a lead and black Epiphone strap.