What is your overall opinion of this product?
Like all Gibson guitars I own, this guitar is very high quality... great tuners, solid neck, top notch electronics and hardware, and excellent finish. I own (and play professionally) several top notch guitars (Fender USA, ESP Japan, Gibson USA, Schecter USA, Ibanez JEM Japan) and this model stands up to them as far as the high quality factor goes.
I've always wanted to try an explorer (they just look so rad!), and so glad I finally took the plunge. It is THE most comfortable guitar to play live. It rests right where I want it, and makes me want to keep playing. I chose the M4 because of the huge frets, Seymour Duncan pickups, and non-tradition paint job (I used to be in the Marine Corps, so I like the military look). When I read the specs for this guitar i was like, "finally! a guitar that I don't have to change something on." For example, I don't like the location of the volume knob on Fender Strats, so I relocate it because my hand is always bumping into it. The Explor