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Item Reviews for: Epiphone Goth Explorer Electric Guitar  -  EPI GOTHEXP LIST

WOW!! What a bargain!!
By: Ray from Jacksonville, FL, USA      Submitted: 3/2/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? What an amazing bargain! I've had the bug for several months to break down, get in touch with my inner 80's metal head, and buy an Explorer. Not that I play 80's metal, but I've always loved the look of the guitar. Boy howdy, did I get a winner with this one!! Plays great, sounds great, looks majorly cool. Makes me want to break out the spandex and the Aqua-net!!! Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Quality was outstanding. The only other Epiphone electric I've owned was a mid 90's Les Paul Elite (semi-hollow LP). Really cool guitar, but pretty chintzy with the inlays, plating, finish, etc. This guitar has definitely changed my opinion. Frets are dressed well, tuners are top notch, pots are high quality. Pickups are perfect. I remember reading somewhere that they were replicas of the original 58 Gibson humbuckers, so they aren't a high gain pup, but they sound great. I normally play Christian rock, along with more conventional Christian music and this guitar handles it flawlessly. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Lighter than I would have thought. I own a couple of Les Pauls and was expecting the same amount of weight. I was surprised at how light the guitar was, although it does tend to be a bit heavy in the neck. Definitely invest in a set of Strap Locks! The stock strap pegs are pretty flimsy and I would hat to have this thing pop loose. The neck is smooth and a bit chinky, but I've got large hands and it fits quite well. Easy layout on the control and the stutter switch in the tone pot is a really neat addition. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? Warm, smooth, like a nice cup of hot chocolate. Plays clean, crunchy, and dirty with no problems. Notes sustain well during solos. Handles barre chords as well as open chords with a very nice voicing. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish, while a flat black, was amazing. The guitar looked like it was carved out of a chunk of black coal. smooth finish with no bubble or flaws. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? This guitar is indeed a wonderful bang for the buck. It doesn't come with a cae or a gig-bag and will definitely NOT fit into anything you might have laying around, but a gig bag for it can be had for around 30.00. Playability How was the action out of the box? Nice and low. Needed to change out the strings because it was strung with 9's and I prefer 10's with a wound G string, no buzz, no dead spots, nice and smooth.
Best metal guitar in it's price range!!
By: Chris Beem from Lincoln, NE, USA, cmbeem@rocketmail.com      Submitted: 2/27/2014

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? I've been playing 31 years now and I can't believe all that you get for the $350 price tag on this beauty! I've owned a Gibson Gothic Explorer too before and outside of the pickups that come on it these two guitars sound almost exactly the same. The only thing I didn't like was the "neck dive" when you let go of the neck and it drops towards the floor, but that is due to the location of the strap button. I put one on the back where Gibson always puts their's on their Explorers and that took care of 95% of it. Much easier to play now. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? For me, the quality of this guitar is great, because it's simple in its design. The kill switch on the tone knob is a lot of fun (kills the volume when you push it until you release it) and saves wear and tear on your pickup switch. This is a great guitar for rock and metal. I use a Line 6 Spider IV 150W amp and can get any sound from any genre, and I can get cool blues and rockabilly tones from it as well. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? This does have some weight to it, but it's not too bad. The neck is one of my favorites and feels smooth and fast. The controls are in easy reach, and the pickup switch is very handy on the lower horn. I usually leave the neck pickup off and flip the pickup switch up when I'm done with a song to kill the sound and its location is very handy for making that happen quickly. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? The tone is nice on this guitar. The bridge pickup gets decent harmonics and has a good, warm sound to it. The neck pickup is a little dark, but that's what amps are for: to dial in or out whatever you like or dislike about a pickup. It does get that vintage "tubular" sound, though not as good as upper-end pickups. I will eventually upgrade to DiMarzio's Joe Satriani signature series pickups (the Mo' Jo Bridge and the PAF Joe Neck, around $150 for both). Finish How did the stain or paint job look? This has a basic black paint job all over the body, neck, and headstock. There are some flaws, but just in the smoothness in places. There are no chips or cracks that I can find anywhere. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I must say that this is an excellent guitar for $350. Change the pickups to what Gibson puts on their Explorers or what I recommended from DiMarzio and you'll have the closest thing to a Gibson Gothic Explorer for a fraction of the price. Playability How was the action out of the box? I found the guitar to be set up very well. I do, however, always have my own guitar tech check out every guitar I buy so I will see what she (yes she) has to say about Epiphone's set up on this one, lol.
$400 vs. $2400?
By: Don in Rio Rancho, NM from Rio Rancho, NM USA, bonar3@msn.com      Submitted: 3/29/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Well, had a lot of "neck-dive", and the strap button out of the "horn" (neck area NOT rear of body) fell out within 10 minutes of playing! Luckily, I had my hand on the neck and caught it before it hit the floor. General Your general opinion of this product. Really nice guitar overall. Had some issues, made some adjustments, bet WELL worth the money! I couldn't afford the Gibson, and for the price difference, and the DiMarzios, not sure I would spend the money for the Gibson. Maybe if I was a rock star... Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? With the DiMarzios, this thing screams! Great crunch, crisp highs, and sustain for days! More sustain than I know what to do with! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? No issues there. Looks great!
GREAT GUITAR FOR THE PRICE
By: VIC MARTINEZ from SAN DIEGO , CA., vicrips@yahoo.com      Submitted: 1/23/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? YES General Your general opinion of this product. I WISH IT CAME WITH THE CASE
Metal!!
By: Jaymez from Tupelo, MS, USA, anonmyous19536      Submitted: 11/2/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Metal!!! General Your general opinion of this product. Metal! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? MMMMMEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Metal!!!!!
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