« Smaller Explorer »Published on 09/08/11 at 08:05
With the smaller body the guitar is a little lighter. The shorter horns means the guitar is a little easier to move around as well. It is not a big difference. If you dont like the Explorer shape you still wont. The neck profile on this guitar is a pretty normal profile. I dont like to get into detail on neck profiles if it feels normal to me its normal. If its extremely big or small ill notice it. Gibson fretwork nowadays is pretty good due to the Plek machinei they use. They put the guitars into a machine and it levels the frets better than any human couid.
The standard Gibson pickups in this guitar give it a standard Gibson tone. The Explorer usually has a fatter tone due to the huge body. They have a true Gibson like tone. The neck position is pretty smooth but has good bite. Not having covers on the pickup gives them a bit more top end bite. The extra bite means you can go farther without the neck position sound getting muddy. The bridge pickup is nice and crunchy. You can really rock out with it. It has a real classic rock voicing.
I dont really see the reason to get this model over the normal Explorer. Maybe if you have a bad back or something. If you want something even lighter you can get that gimmick Holy Explorer where it is just the outline of an Explorer. Being more limited than a normal Explorer it is probably more expensive as well. Overall unless you can get a good deal on one of these I would recommend the normal 76 reissue over this version.