Price paid: $ 2400
Purchased from: sweetwater /usa
Sound — 9
Sound wise this suits me down to the ground as I play alot of clasic rock eg guns n roses, zeplin and even a little bit of ram jam haha and I love that unmistakable Gibson PAF humbucker crunch, I'm rinning it with a Marshall valvestate 100W head and a Marshall 4X12 cab, playing it with these gives it a realy nice pure tone on clean, I have tryed it with other amps aswell eg peavy, Orange, Line 6 (never again) and Vox but I think the marshal compliments this guitar the best, the pickups on any od setting r prety much silent, very quite and when hitting higher notes eg for soloing gives you a very rich round with sum very raw pinched harmonics.
Overall Impression — 8
As I play alot of clasic rock and also sum old school metal it matches perfectly I have an Epiphone les paul which I realy do like i must admit haha, an Ibanez talman acustic. And a prs custom 22/12 and the 50th aniversary Explorer is definatly my favourite, I would definatly have another 1 of these guitars if it was stolen or damaged beyond repair, and if I'm honest I love everythin about it, its just a stunning guitar to look at and to hear, I did over pay for it but not by much and I donot regret it at all:)
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar has been my most reliable, exelent tuners, dosent need to be tuned half as much as my others, iv had this guitar for just over a year now and have had no problems with it, I regularly use it for gigging and never need a backup, I always take one just to make sure incase of a string snaping ect but have never needed it, and the finish seems fine, its not too thin but im confident it will last for a long time, especialy as I use a restoration kit to clean it ceeping it in tip top condition
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
This did let the guitar down a bit I must admit, the action was set to high and as I hadent seen the gearless tuners befor it took me a while to work them out, I did import this guitar aswell so it wasent just a case of calling the suplyer, erm apart from that and the fact the nut wasent cut quite right I have no other complaints about the setup of the guitar, the pickups are perfectly placed and the finish was stunning, I especialy like the ransparent red in the center of the body and adding the gold hardware realy sets this guitar off just make sure you get sum straplocks haha.
Features — 8
This review is for my limited edition 50th Aniversary Gibson Explorer, features wise its prety Standard as a Gibson comming with a nice pair of clasic Gibson 57' pickups with some gold plated covers which personaliy are some of my favourits this guitar is a solid- body with a AA figured maple top with beveled edges and a mohogany neck and a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl split-block inlays and single-ply binding the finish is normaly a brimstone which is a realy nice Orange that fades dark around the edges but I managed to get hold of a realy deep red fading out to black, not sure on the name of this though, very nice steinburg gearless tunners very neet looking and a 3 way tone controle with 2 volume and 1 tone controle all coming with a guitar of the onth case from Gibson.