Gibson Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer - Silverburst
Gibson Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer - Silverburst

Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer - Silverburst, Guitarra de forma Flying V/Explorer/Firebird from Gibson in the Explorer series.

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tjon901 22/06/2011

Gibson Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer - Silverburst : la opinión de tjon901 (content in English)

"Silverburst Explorer that happens to be a Signature model"

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The Dethklok Thunderhorse Explorer is a guitar based off of what one of the characters in the heavy metal cartoon Metalocalypse plays. It is heavy in the cartoon and in the real life it is just as metal. The Gibson Explorer is a classic rock and roll design that is regaining popularity. In the late 50s Gibson decided to start a line of more radical looking guitars. Gibson first started selling Explorers in 1958 and their design was way too radical for the time so they were discontinued a year later. In 1976 Gibson started the first reissue of the original 1958 design and now today Gibson is selling reissues of the reissues. Gibson has been producing the '76 reissue Explorer since 1990. Many people say the '76 reissues are better than the original Explorers put out in 1976. The first 50s models were made from Korina wood these are the classic yellow looking Gibsons you have seen. When they first started reissuing them they were made out of Mahogany like most Gibsons and today thats how they are made still. The guitar has a very classy look because of its fully body and neck binding. It has a 22 fret Ebony fretboard with dot inlays. The neck is a super slim 60s style Gibson neck taper for fast playing. The body of the guitar has the cool Silverburst finish which Gibson has been bringing back. It has dual Gibson humbuckers with the typical Explorer controls and switching.


This guitar improves on the already great Explorer playability. In the 60s Gibson switched to slimmer neck design. The Explorer today has that 60s design. The 60s Gibson neck profile is one of their most popular. This guitars neck is a modified 60s taper that is even slimmer and faster and unlike most Explorers this guy has an ebony fretboard that feels great under your fingers. The upper frets are easy to reach because of the Explorers design. The radical shape actually gives the guitar a perfect balance for playing while standing up. The neck will come to rest at a perfect angle due to the large body acting as a counter weight.


The Burstbucker Gibson pickups in this Explorer are hotter than normal Gibson pickups so this guitar rocks even harder than a normal Explorer. The Explorer is made from a huge piece of solid mahogany and you can really hear it. The Explorers pickups come from the factory with the covers removed. Guitarists in the 70s found that if you removed the covers from humbuckers you could get a little more bite in your sound so Gibson decided to do it from the factory for the players. The Explorer sounds like what every Gibson should sound like. To emulate the sound you hear on the cartoon you may want to switch to active pickups like EMG's. The Gibson pickups are okay for metal but they really were not designed for it. EMG pickups are designed for heavy high gain music and excel at it.


I am very critical of pointless signature models or signature models that are so specific only the artist or a guy in a coverband could ever use the guitar. This guitar is good that it isnt too specific in what it can do. Its a classic Explorer design with some decent pickups and a cool finish you dont really see on Explorers. There are not any huge crazy logos or signatures anywhere the only extra writing is on the truss rod cover that everyone loses after 5 minutes anyway. This is how you do a signature model. Many people can use this guitar for many different things. If you are looking for an Explorer with that isnt red or black and has a finish you dont see everyday this is a good bet.