Epiphone Goth Explorer Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Goth Explorer is based upon Gibson's very successful Gothic line. The Epiphone Goth Explorer features a satin-black finish and black hardware for an absolutely wicked look. Add to that, a roman numeral XII inlay on the 12th fret and Alnico Classic Humbuckers, and you've got guitars guaranteed to wake the dead! KillPot on the tone control allows you to momentarily 'kill' the sound for great effects. Features Epiphone's Limited Lifetime warranty.

Lock Tone
The Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece are standard equipment on all Epiphone guitars with a tune-o-matic setup. From their Custom Les Pauls right down to the Special II, Epiphone knows that tuning stability and sustain can make or break a guitar so it’s important to have a dependable bridge you can trust.

Lock Tone Stopbar Tailpiece Detail Lock Tone Stopbar Tailpiece Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic Bridge Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic Bridge Detail


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Epiphone Goth Explorer Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Pickups: 2-Alnico Classic Humbuckers
  • Hardware: Black
  • Scale: 24.75 inches
  • Nut Width: 1.68 inches
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood; 12th fret XII inlay
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Body Material: Mahogany


Customer Reviews

Jess4068 Submitted: 11/7/2018
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Looking like an awesome Xmas
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This is a Christmas gift for my husband but when I opened it I was really impressed. The finish on the outside is so smooth and everything he liked about it I get now. I can’t wait to give it to him on Xmas and see his reaction and hear him play it. Hoping this earns me an awesome wife award??
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Matt Submitted: 10/23/2018
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Fantastic purchase
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Was originally going to buy the Gibson explorer but saw the reviews on this and decided to give it a go. Absolutely love it, plays like a dream. I would say switch out the pickups though, not the best.
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Damien Submitted: 7/22/2018
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Great guitar for the price
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I sold my Gibson Explorer many years ago and ended up regretting that decision. I’m not in a position to justify spending $1700 on a guitar right now so I settled on this one and it is definitely a worthy substitute. It plays and sounds great.
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EDDIE GARCIA Submitted: 5/25/2018
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MY DREAM COME TRUE!!!
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THIS GUITAR IS FOR AWAKE THE DEAD!!! THE WHOLE SHAPE IS JUST PERFECT BEAUTY!!!!
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Micah Submitted: 5/5/2018
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Plays like a dream. Pickups are a tad low for me, but nothing a swap won't fix. It's my new favorite
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A beast. Love this explorer. Made to melt faces.
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Mike mcpherson Submitted: 5/4/2017
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A must buy
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Awesome guitar! Right out the box it plays amazing. Great feel great tone. I like it just as much as my $1500 les Paul
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Robert Submitted: 3/23/2015
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Awesome guitar!
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I have always been a sucker for the explorer model and when I saw the price of this brand new epiphone goth explorer I imediately jumped on it. I received the guitar very quickly and straight out of the box I fell in love. Good action, great sound. The guitar is very comfortable to play both sitting and standing. Can't wait to throw in some emg!
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tod Submitted: 3/3/2015
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excellent
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excellent guitar period...ive seen alot of guitars over the years...this guitar is the easiest guitar ive played so far...smooth neck..excellent sustain
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Ray P Submitted: 3/2/2014
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WOW!! What a bargain!!
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Chris Beem from Lincoln, NE, USA, cmbeem@rocketmail.com Submitted: 2/27/2014
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Best metal guitar in it's price range!!
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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