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Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar Black 

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The Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Hardtail Electric Guitar is made for heavy riffs. Dual Alnico Classic humbuckers give it tonal depth and dark appoint...Read More

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For musical journeys into the shadow world.

The Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Hardtail Electric Guitar is made for heavy riffs. Dual Alnico Classic humbuckers give it tonal depth and dark appointments enhance its sinister vibe: black chrome hardware, rosewood fretboard with side markers, and a black satin finish. Mahogany body and neck. XII inlay at the 12th fret. LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing,. The master tone control has an innovative integrated killswitch/tone pot that lets you create sonic strobe effects.

FEATURES
  • Dual Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Integrated killswitch/tone pot
  • Black chrome hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Rosewood fretboard with side markers
  • XII inlay at the 12th fret
  • Mahogany body
  • 22-fret set mahogany neck

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EpiphoneGoth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 123 reviews)

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1958 Epiphone Gothic Explorer

If you play on stage, you probably have the tech knowledge to fix any deficiencies with ease so you cannot go wrong buying this guitar. I enjoy working on my guitars as much as...Read complete review

If you play on stage, you probably have the tech knowledge to fix any deficiencies with ease so you cannot go wrong buying this guitar. I enjoy working on my guitars as much as I enjoy playing them so I have thoroughly enjoyed this axe. I could not get a better deal anywhere else. If you are a beginner and you have to have this guitar...buy it, then take it to your local tech and have him/her set it up for you FIRST...or you may face disappointment. Once it's set up, it is a rocking guitar!
The Alnico Classic humbuckers are decent. They are nothing spectacular but set up properly, they will do their job well. I think that the kill switch was kind of a cool feature to play with, but I really don't mess with it too much. The body is slightly out of balance so the head will dive a little if you let go of the neck. It is a comfortable guitar to play, standing or sitting. The satin finish was deffinitely a good move for those that travel the neck alot. Having only the 12th fret inlayed is no biggie because there are side markers for those that need them. I think that the placement of the forward strap mount may cause you to drop it when the strap slips off, however, if it were mounted behind the front of the body the neck would probably dive hard. I have had no issues at all with the tuners. The nut however, has been the bane of my existance. The string action off the nut (on mine) is way too high.
The quality if this axe is more than fair. Once you fix tech issues, it is extremely fun to play and it really feels good. More time should have been spent at the factory making minor adjustmants to the intonation, the nut, the action, and the finish. Why the finish? I removed the truss cover to make an adjustment to the neck and the finish was some kind of sloppy, cracked and untrimmed. That is deffinitely a QC issue, but it (finish issue) doesn't show nor does it affect the sound of the guitar.
I paid a great price for this guitar and honestly, I'm not sorry. Despite the issues it came with from the factory, I love it and play it every chance I get.

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Nice guitar Korea made, Horrible Chinese made

Well, previously I wrote a review of this guitar telling that this guitar its very nice. I have one made on Korea, and it's very nice, have good sound and nice playability....Read complete review

Well, previously I wrote a review of this guitar telling that this guitar its very nice. I have one made on Korea, and it's very nice, have good sound and nice playability. I just have to change the strap position to get balance and I gonna change the electronics and pickouts because I wan't more powerfull and hot sound and the electronics it's not the best. To me this guitar have great quality and it's not to far of a gibson.The bad review is because my guitar it's made on korea and the new ones are made on China. The chinise version have poor finish quality, the painting work its very bad and the epiphone logo looks fuzzy. The weight it's diferent, so I think they use a bad quality mahogany or the wood it's not realy mahogany.I notice that beacuse I went to buy a guitar stand and the store have the chinese explorer goth, I dicide to check if the stand works fine on the explorer using one of the store. At that moment I notice what I wrote. I didn't play that guitar, but if the weigth its diferent and the look quaility its that bad, I don't expect a good sound. I have some pro and pro guitars and my korean explorer and a couple of years playing guitar, so I think I can reconize good and a bad guitar. (Currently I have a Usa made Jackson KV2, Ibanez RG320PG P2 and a Korean Epiphone Explorer goth)So, if you want to buy this guitar try to get a Korean version, the chinese one It's a waste of money.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

explorer surprised me...

By Trubble

from Inland Empire So Cal

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    surprising quality and craftsmanship. I own Les Paul Standard 1981 and it is comparable all around. Great guitar

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    (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bad-@$$

    By Casey Coates

    from West virginia

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for a few years now, and it's one of my favorites. The humbuckers sound great on clean or distorted, and I definitely play my share of both. Mine is actualy from 1958, so there may be a few differences between mine and this one, but its a great guitar, with a playable neck. It's a lilttle heavy, but I play heavy music, so it's a perfect match. (horrible pun)

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a guitar

    By Jonah O.

    from Ohio

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Overall this guitar is solid. Personally i like the finish because i hate glossy necks. the pickups produce very little noise so thats always a plus, although i'll probably switch them out for something a bit more metal. overall though i love this guitar and would certainly recomend it anyone considering it.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    1958 Epiphone Gothic Explorer

    By James McReynolds

    from Currently, Germany

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    If you play on stage, you probably have the tech knowledge to fix any deficiencies with ease so you cannot go wrong buying this guitar. I enjoy working on my guitars as much as I enjoy playing them so I have thoroughly enjoyed this axe. I could not get a better deal anywhere else. If you are a beginner and you have to have this guitar...buy it, then take it to your local tech and have him/her set it up for you FIRST...or you may face disappointment. Once it's set up, it is a rocking guitar!
    The Alnico Classic humbuckers are decent. They are nothing spectacular but set up properly, they will do their job well. I think that the kill switch was kind of a cool feature to play with, but I really don't mess with it too much. The body is slightly out of balance so the head will dive a little if you let go of the neck. It is a comfortable guitar to play, standing or sitting. The satin finish was deffinitely a good move for those that travel the neck alot. Having only the 12th fret inlayed is no biggie because there are side markers for those that need them. I think that the placement of the forward strap mount may cause you to drop it when the strap slips off, however, if it were mounted behind the front of the body the neck would probably dive hard. I have had no issues at all with the tuners. The nut however, has been the bane of my existance. The string action off the nut (on mine) is way too high.
    The quality if this axe is more than fair. Once you fix tech issues, it is extremely fun to play and it really feels good. More time should have been spent at the factory making minor adjustmants to the intonation, the nut, the action, and the finish. Why the finish? I removed the truss cover to make an adjustment to the neck and the finish was some kind of sloppy, cracked and untrimmed. That is deffinitely a QC issue, but it (finish issue) doesn't show nor does it affect the sound of the guitar.
    I paid a great price for this guitar and honestly, I'm not sorry. Despite the issues it came with from the factory, I love it and play it every chance I get.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not Too Shabby

    By Ryan Alvidres-Ivie

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is an excellent buy, but has its flaws. Despite that, I really miss owning one of these and would readily purchase a new one, then take the time to modify it. One more item to address is the nut. The nut slopes downward from the low E to the high E. I'm not sure if this is typical of guitars with this design or if it was a failure on quality check's part. Either way, I highly recommend this guitar if you don't have a lot of money to spend.
    Decent pickups, all mahogany guitar w/ rosewood fingerboard with a flat black satin finish for a truly dark look with a super slick feel. Also features a killswitch. For those who are unfamiliar with what a killswitch does, it basically mutes the guitar when engaged, then lets the sound return when disengaged.I personally found this feature to be useless, but that's just my personal taste. The tuners are Grover, and are very stable and precise. The model I owned had kidney tuners. The neck was super smooth, which was perfect for me since I tend to move up and down the fingerboard constantly, and a satin finish works better with sweat than a poly finish. The neck is also a little beefy, but not extremely chunky, so it fit my large hands perfectly, but I didn't feel a sacrifice in speed. Not a guitar for players who rely heavily on fingerboard inlays, however.
    At this price range, don't get your hopes up too high. The guitar's body is very solid, but the killswitch was very wobbly. The other pots were stable. All the hardware was solid as a rock. The pickups were steady and had a decent tone, but required some adjustments to suit my tonal needs. I'd recommend switching the electronics and dropping in some EMGs or perhaps some Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invaders. The guitar is a little heavy and slightly unbalanced, but that's mainly due to the body's size and shape. I was impressed by the clean sounds. Cleans were a bit warm, but didn't sound too drowned out. Distortion sounded a litlt fuzzy, however, and palm mutes were a bit weak.
    For the price, this is a pretty decent deal. Epiphone tends to be better than other budget lines, from my experience. I've owned 2 Epis and have played over 10 models, including the SG Special I own and the Goth Explorer, and at their prices, you get what you pay for and a little more. If you plan to keep this for a long time and use it for gigs, I'd do some after-market modifications to it such as switching the pickups.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for the price!

    By Unnamed User-wYXK3

    from New Delhi, India

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I got mine on a scratch'n'dent sale. I loved the look of it from day one and now after many modifications I love how it sounds. One persistent problem though has been string buzz and even now after many saddle height and truss rod adjustments there is still some buzz with a standard action on the 10th & 11th fret of the low E and the 21st & 22nd fret of the high E. Maybe the frets are uneven which I gather is a common problem with Epiphone. Maybe I'll get that done someday but even now the guitar is extremely playable. The stock pickups were very decent for a sub 500$ guitar but the volume pots sucked.The mods were: Seymour Duncan SH 6 pickups, Dimarzio 500 k pots, killswitch and copper shielding of the cavities. It sounds beautiful now..

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome gear

    By RadicalPlayer

    from California, Orange county

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I always wanted to get an explorer cause i love the shape cause i play metal. This guitar is amazing. The pickups are not that bad. If you want to play even Heavier then you might want change the picks to EMG's or Seymour Duncans. But I think I'll stick with the Pickups that they already have for now. So if your looking for an explorer that you want to get for a fair price this the one. It was worth every penny.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Metal monster

    By MetalPlayer11

    from Moncton, NB

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I bought an Epiphone goth explorer 2 years ago and it has never disapointed me. Mine came with EMG HZ H4 in it and to be honest it makes the guitar sound worse. I like the epiphone pickups and I wish they were still in the guitar. I also wish it had 24 frets with a XXIV mark on the 24th(hence the 4.5 on features) for those high bends and solos. The guitar is very solid and will resist dings. For 400$ the craftsmanship is great. If you like metal, buy it!

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    4.0

    Review

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    picked mine up used it came with emg pick ups and a ployd rose , one of the best guitars i've ever bought

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    5.0

    Great value

    By GruSoldier

    from Kennewick, WA

    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar. It's kinda heavy, the neck is a little fat but not slow and the tuners stay in tune. The only thing I've changed so far are the pickups, which arent bad just not quite beefy enough for my taste. But the mahogany body and neck put out great tone and the action and radius are near perfect. Buy this if you play metal.

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