The Gibson Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer Electric Guitar is a blend of absolutely mammoth tone, slick feel and unique, classic looks to meet the needs of Mastodon’s guitarist, Bill Kelliher! With powerful LACE Nitro Hemi humbucking pickups and classic hardware, the Golden Axe Explorer is a guitar befitting Kelliher’s status in the world of metal. Trapezoid fingerboard inlays, gold-plated hardware, cream pickguard with hot-stamped Mastodon logo, and cream binding complete this stunning package.
When your tone’s as massive as that of Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher, you need a guitar power to match it. For both looks and sound, the iconic Gibson Explorer is a perfect fit! The Explorer is a radically angled electric that was light-years ahead of its time when it was introduced in 1958, and it’s still the first choice of many of the world’s fiercest rockers.
Gibson Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer Guitar Features
Body and Neck
- Mahogany body and neck with a slim Explorer profile
- Two powerful LACE Nitro Hemi humbuckers
- A hot-stamped Golden Axe truss-rod cover
- Bill’s choice of Go-Gold Burst finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
- Cream body and fingerboard binding
Mahogany has a long history as a tonewood with Gibson, and it provides the perfect core for the Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer. Crafted from solid, unchambered mahogany, the Explorer-style body yields plenty of richness and depth, along with excellent sustain. The solid mahogany neck is carved to Bill’s preference of slim Explorer profile, and topped with a solid rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a PLEK-cut Corian nut.
Pickups and Electronics
Bill Kelliher demands the utmost in power and versatility from his pickups, which is why his Golden Axe signature Explorer is equipped with two powerful LACE Nitro Hemi humbuckers. These extremely powerful contemporary humbuckers excel at high-gain metal tones, with thumping lows and punchy, aggressive mids, yet retain outstanding clarity and sweet, bell-like highs.
As a bonus, they are wired for coil-splitting to provide authentic single-coil tones, which can be used individually or in several combinations via a traditional three-way selector switch. A push-pull switch on the master volume control splits the bridge pickup, while the master tone’s switching splits the neck pickup.
Ever since their introduction in 1954, Gibson’s Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece have been acclaimed for their perfect marriage of solid sustain and efficient intonation. These classics answer the call perfectly on the Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer, along with a set of high-quality Grover Mini tuners. All hardware, along with the strap buttons and pickup covers, is plated in gold.