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For musical expeditions into the nether world.Epiphone' Goth 1958 Explorer Hardtail guitar is built to deliver massive riffs. Constructed with mahoga...Click To Read More About This Product

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For musical journeys into the shadow world.

For musical expeditions into the nether world.Epiphone' Goth 1958 Explorer Hardtail guitar is built to deliver massive riffs. Constructed with mahogany body and neck. Loaded with dual Alnico Classic humbucking pickups to provide sonic depth, and grimly gothic details embellish its darkly sinister vibe: black chrome hardware, rosewood fretboard with side markers, and a black satin finish. XII inlay at the twelfth fret. LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for superb sustain and easy string changes. The master tone control features an innovative integrated killswitch/tone pot for cool 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
Black satin finish
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EpiphoneGoth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 127 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar

I recieved this instrument just recently and, I was very pleased. For the money spent it is a good value. MF always comes through with a Great deal, I've never had any...Read complete review

I recieved this instrument just recently and, I was very pleased. For the money spent it is a good value. MF always comes through with a Great deal, I've never had any complaints. Intonation was spot on, I lowered the action and tweaked the truss rod very slightly and, that's all. Plugged it into my amp checked the electronics and, played this black beauty for about 2hrs. clean and, overdrive absolutely no complaints. I did add a dunlop strap lock to front part of the guitar just because of the sharp angle that the strap has when attached. The feel of the satin neck is Great and, after lowering the action playing was a pure pleasure. I have a flying V and, many other instruments and, this purchase was mainly to add to my collection. I'm looking forward to this weekends gig to giving it a workout. I always the enjoy the challenge of playing a new and different instrument. Compared to a Strat or a LP it definately has a different feel and look but, don't let that hang you up this is really cool guitar and fun to play. I wasn't sure about the absence of the fret board markers but, it has markers on the side and, that's all you really need anyway. The neck really looks cool without them and, the XII marker on the 12th fret is very distinctive. I am glad that I own this instrument and, would recommend it to anyone looking for an explorer type guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for beginners not so much for anyone else

I purchased the Epiphone 1958 Gothic Explorer a few months ago and I was very disappointed with what I got. First of all, the wood cannot be mahogany as listed on the product...Read complete review

I purchased the Epiphone 1958 Gothic Explorer a few months ago and I was very disappointed with what I got. First of all, the wood cannot be mahogany as listed on the product info. The headstock is significantly heavier than the body. When you stand up with the guitar on you it constantly falls on its head. You are forced to constantly hold up the guitar and the unbalanced weight starts to wear on your left hand. It might be fine if you don't play that much or just strum power chords. But the unbalanced weight slows you down for anything else. I read other reviews and others also think its not mahogany but instead alder, a lighter white wood. I checked through some youtube videos of people playing and I saw one where someone scrapped off the gothic finish. I was unsurprised to see that the wood underneath looked exactly like alder and not mahogany. I Don't know if this is an error in the product info or that Epiphone ripping you off. Other than that the tone knob has a very limited range. Just strum a chord and then toggle the tone knob, you'll hear that there is not much difference between 0-10. That might be fine for a beginner but for someone who really wants to shape their sound its unresponsive. Also the harmonics on the guitar aren't good. The stock pick ups don't have the highs to really support your harmonics; artifial, natural, and especially pinch.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

I recieved this instrument just recently and, I was very pleased. For the money spent it is a good value. MF always comes through with a Great deal, I've never had any complaints. Intonation was spot on, I lowered the action and tweaked the truss rod very slightly and, that's all. Plugged it into my amp checked the electronics and, played this black beauty for about 2hrs. clean and, overdrive absolutely no complaints. I did add a dunlop strap lock to front part of the guitar just because of the sharp angle that the strap has when attached. The feel of the satin neck is Great and, after lowering the action playing was a pure pleasure. I have a flying V and, many other instruments and, this purchase was mainly to add to my collection. I'm looking forward to this weekends gig to giving it a workout. I always the enjoy the challenge of playing a new and different instrument. Compared to a Strat or a LP it definately has a different feel and look but, don't let that hang you up this is really cool guitar and fun to play. I wasn't sure about the absence of the fret board markers but, it has markers on the side and, that's all you really need anyway. The neck really looks cool without them and, the XII marker on the 12th fret is very distinctive. I am glad that I own this instrument and, would recommend it to anyone looking for an explorer type guitar.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a guitar

By Jonah O.

from Ohio

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Once you go black...

By John

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

Lets keep in mind the price of the guitar during ratings. For what you pay, I am REALLY thoroughly happy with this thing. Found one mint on Craigslist for half the price of new (w/case!) so I just had to snap it up. I had a Gibson explorer at the same time I had this so I was lucky enough to be able to compare. For playing metal, this thing was definitely better than the stock Gibson. Cleaner tones went to the Gibson, however, but nothing wrong with the Gothic's cleans. Also, FYI Epi's necks are narrower than Gibby's. Intonation is great and stays in tune rather well even through aggressive bending. Action 'might' be able to improve a tad if I spent the $$ for a pro to do but its comfortable to play as is. On mine, the 3 way switch acts up a bit on the neck position, it goes dead and you gotta wiggle it. DON'T BE AFRAID to buy this guitar. A great beginner or lower-intermediate guitar and if your taste in sound changes you can always swap electronics but this guitar is SOLID. I've heard this thing destroys all forms of life when paired up with Invaders or EMGs. I really like the bare fretboard with the "XII" inlay. It is also MANDATORY that you must remove the upper strap button and relocate it where a Gibson's would be for balance. The stock location is so horrible I can't imagine why its there. Make sure you drill a pilot hole first so you don't split the wood when driving in the screw!

(4 of 4 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the price!

By Unnamed User-wYXK3

from New Delhi, India

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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..

(2 of 2 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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better bang for your buck...

    By Wolf1029

    from Kitchener, Ontario

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    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    To start, I own the Gibson version of this guitar and counting this one, I own 8 all together. I play exclusively through Crate amps. First impression was that the stock pickups did not provide enough high's compared to the Gibson. BOTH Gibson and Epiphone in this line I think try to accentuate the lows for the Death/Goth metal sound. Neither guitar rests well for individuals lacking a long reach and the finish feels cheap on both but are easy to clean/maintain. If I were to face a choice based on performance and price, I would sooner buy the Epiphone and snatch up some decent pickups and still be ahead financially. The store must have set this one up fully as I encountered no fret buzz using a light guage string (9-46) and slightly higher action than I use with my other guitars. In my honest opinion, this guitar overall, performs very well for the home musician beginner or intermediate. I have owned and played MANY guitars both vintage and new, and can truely say buying the Gibson would not be much of an improvement!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome

    By metalmason51

    from Ohio

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    Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I never thought this guitar would be very nice or sound good because its like a lesser gibson.... I have changed my mind big time.. a friend of mine bought one and this thing is amazing

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Back in Black

    By MJB

    from Canada

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar because it was in the store as a second hand trade-in for a ridiculously low price. Came with a generic case. I saw it and bought it. Not a Goth, thrash or heavy metal type but love playing this guitar. Great feel. Keeps in tune nicely.The neck is just right and better feeling than some of my Gibsons (for my liking). Uncertain whether it is ash or mahogany but it doesn't matter. It feels very light and very enjoyable to play. The pickups that are included are fine - I adjust my amp and BOSS ME80 and it gives me the sound I am looking for. Don't think it is worth buying replacement PUP's for it unless it is your main stage guitar. I am not a live stage guy so it doesn't matter to me. The PUPsthat are in there are just fine. Lovely guitar and no complaints.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My guitar of choice !

      By Chris

      from Simi Valley CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      This is my baby!!!! I bought it about six years ago and have never been more pleased.The only downfalls are the pickups the biggie is that it is very neck heavy I was gonna put a weight in it but there is no room to fit one so I went and bought a really expensive leather strap and that took care of the problem. Take it to a shop to intonated and adjusted as soon as you get it!! mine had a fret buzz had the truus adjusted all is great I would take it over a high priced explorer any day

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Quality in tone is suspect

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I'd like to start by saying this guitar is not clean or quality in tone, I played this while at a local guitar shop and I was not impressed in the slightest, on top of extremely poor tone and sound it had a heavy body which didn't comply with the neck, as soon as I played it I out it right down and moved on, if you want a quality guitar you could easily buy a epiphone les paul standard for a bit cheaper.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definitely good value

      By Widowmaker

      from Jackson, MS

      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar on a whim. I'd wanted an explorer for a while and for the price, I couldn't resist. I'll keep my review simple. I have been playing guitar for 17 years and have played/owned many makes and models of varying price. This ranks up with my Dean Phantom ML. Great ALL Mahogany body. Very dark rosewood, not ebony but very dark. Good pickups, although a Gibson 500t is going in the bridge for a more aggressive tone. Excellent Grover tuners, solid bridge and tailpiece. It is quite loud unplugged-a very good sign! Neck is fairly thick and might take some getting used to but it was pretty easy for me. Very nice matte finish. No flaws. Had a couple of nicks in the frets when I got it-looked like it happened in shipping. I rubbed them out quite easily though. Came with a quality control checklist. Apparently Epi does inspect their guitars in the US! You don't see that kinda stuff with guitars in this price range. Also came with owners manual and other assorted paperwork. After a string change and setup this plays as well as anything I have or have played at any price point. After the hotter humbucker goes in, I'm sure it'll be even better.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not Too Shabby

      By Ryan Alvidres-Ivie

      from Undisclosed

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      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      workhorse

      By Zehm

      from North Carolina

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      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      Workhorse is exactly the word. The thing is just a great, reliable guitar. It stays in tune for days on end, the fret access is good, it has good tone, and it's just heavy enough that it feels like you've actually got something on the strap without breaking your back. (ahem, les paul). The placement of the strap buttons is idiotic. As soon as you get it put one on the back, into the heel of the neck joint, right behind the 21st fret and it will balance perfectly.

      (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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar for novice or expert

      By Mitchapalooza

      from US

      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is amazing. First, it looks brutal if you're a hard rock/metal fan. The finish is extremely durable. I've bumped it against the wall/door quite a few times and the finish still looks new. It sounds great too. If you're a more advanced player, you will probably want to replace the pickups, but for stock they sound pretty good. The strings should definitely be the first thing to go. The only issue I had was the the input jack was not properly installed at the factory (made in China) and I had to unscrew it, line it up the right way and then retighten. You should check this upon arrival, but it's a super easy fix and no problems after it's checked. The action was a little high for my taste, but once again, easy fix. This guitar looks and sounds great, has strong/durable hardware and is easy to tweak if you're not happy with factory settings. The fretboard is probably my favorite part of it. The XII inlay looks sic, and the fretboard is a very dark colored wood that has a nice warmth to it and blends very well with the rest of the guitar. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a metal guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING METAL GUITAR

      By Bob Barker

      from Prescott, WI

      Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      Hands down, this is the best guitar I've ever played for metal. Other reviews have mentioned the balance issues with this guitar. Well, of course it's going to be a little off balance. It's an explorer body style! With that being said, this guitar is definitely meant to be played as a rhythm guitar. If you're more of a lead player or a guitar soloist, you might want to look elsewhere. Because of how the guitar is balanced, you have to wear it a lot lower on your body, and the weight distribution makes it kinda tricky to play on the higher frets. But if you're a James Hetfield wannabe, like me, then this guitar is the best out there for your money. I honestly can't believe that it's so inexpensive! And it has neck-thru construction! Seems too good to be true. It's basically the same as a Gibson 57 explorer. The Gibson 57 explorer is only more expensive because it's got the Gibson name on it. Buy this guitar if you really want to sound like a metal god.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Metal monster

      By MetalPlayer11

      from Moncton, NB

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      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!

       
      5.0

      Goth outside Korina inside

      By Buffalo_BiL

      from New Buffalo, MI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Great sustain
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Metal
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Slide blues

        Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

        Add my voice to positive reviews!
        I have the Goth 1958 Explorer and the Korina 1958 Explorer, they are identical under the paint.
        Asian Mahogany (Nato) with a Maple neck.
        The neck is quite wide, very good sustaining notes. Move the front strap knob to the base of the neck and balance is perfect. Weighs 7-lb 12oz.
        I have my Korina set up for slide, the 11-49 strings adjusted just high enough for a glass slide to clear the frets, and still play chords below the 12th fret.
        Why call it a Goth? Not sure any Goth bands used heavy overdrive guitar rhythm or lead.

         
        3.0

        Love the guitar. Customer Service was lacking.

        By cvdub

        from Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

            Nice guitar for the price.

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