Epiphone Explorer
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Epiphone Explorer

Explorer, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the Explorer series.

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moosers 01/05/2010

Epiphone Explorer : moosers's user review

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The Epiphone Explorer is an electric guitar that I believe is made in Korea.  The guitar has dueling pick ups with volume and tone controls for each, as well as a standard pick up switch.  I'm not sure about what types of wood the guitar is made from, but overall it has quite a sturdy build and is pretty heavy for a guitar.  I've only played the guitar few times, so I don't know all of the details relating to it's characteristics, but Epiphone's site should give you everything that you need to know.

UTILIZATION

Playing the Epiphone Explorer is overall a real pleasure.  The neck has a good feel to it as I felt I was able to play easily up and down the neck.  The body is the classic Explorer shape and it is generally a rather large guitar.  Getting a nice sound from the guitar isn't a hard thing to do in my opinion, as the two pick ups allow more than enough control over your sound.


SOUNDS

The sound of the Epiphone Explorer can be described as thick and meaty.  It's great for playing both lead and rhythm guitar parts, as it has a full bodied sound no matter where you are playing.  I've used the guitar in tandem with a Vox AC30 and a few different effects like a Tube Screamer and some reverb and delay, and I found it was quite easy to get the sound that I wanted out of the guitar.  Flipping between the pick ups will give you a variety of tones that are pretty versatile and is perfect for switching back and forth between playing rhythm and lead parts.  While the guitar is generally associated with heavier rock music, I think that it is suitable for any type of music where you would want a thick guitar tone.


OVERALL OPINION

While Gibson's version of the Explorer is certainly a bit more refined, the Epiphone Explorer surprisingly stands up quite well.  I really don't have too many complaints about the guitar as it has a killer look and the tone to match.  The guitar is definitely reasonably priced, and is perfect for those who don't want to spend the big bucks on the Gibson Explorer but still want a high quality guitar.  If you're into the Explorer look and sound, Epiphone's version is definitely a guitar worth trying out.