Price paid: $ 395
Purchased from: Gilbert Guitars
Sound — 9
Great for any kind of hard rock or metal, great with distortion, nice, full sound on cloisean. An almost inaudible hum when distortion is at full, you have to listen really closely to hear it. Great sonic variety, Neck pickup is warm and bright, bridge is hot, high output.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly metal and hord rock, along with some blues and classic rock. This guitar suits almost any playing style. I had a Strat, but I sold it just to get this beauty. I have no regrets about uying this guitar whatsoever. If this guitar was stolen, not only would I find the guy Who stole it, but I would kidnap him, starve him for two weeks and feed him his own family without him knowing. I love everything about this guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can take anything, the hardware will probably last for another 50 years, but I'm planning on changing the hardware soon, on my next paycheck. The strap buttons are so big, I couldn't fit straplocks on them, so I know they wont come loose. If I was gigging, I could play without a backup, but I'm paranoid so I would anyways. The finish isn't gonna wear away anytime soon.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It was set up perfectly at the factory. I had to lower the bridge pickup, but that's the only problem I had. The action is low, but there isn't any fret buzz. Some people say explorers are hard to play sitting down, but this guitar balances perfectly on my leg, even better than my old Strat. No flaws at all!
Features — 9
I'm not sure what year my Explorer was made in, or where. 22 frets medium jumbo frets, mahogany neck with flat rosewood fretboard. Body is made out of Korina, which is a great tonewood. Classic black finish. Gold Tune-O-Matic bridge, passive electronics, Two volumes and one tone control. Stock Epiphone pickups, gold covers, and gold Grover tuners.