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Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar   

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The Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer Electric Guitar is the guitar of choice for any fan of Dethklok. It features a str...Click To Read More About This Product

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From the mind of Dethklok.

The Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer Electric Guitar is the guitar of choice for any fan of Dethklok. It features a striking silverburst finish over a classic explorer body of mahogany. Its set mahogany neck has a 1960s slim taper, D profile neck shape for ultrafast soloing. Dual burstbucker pickups are wired to a single Master volume and dual Tone controls with Push/Pull pots for the wide variety of tones that Skwisgaar Skwigelf of Dethklok requires. This is a serious instrument and a tip of the hat to an award-winning band.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Striking silverburst gloss finish
  • Classic Explorer profile
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany set neck
  • 1960's Slimtaper, D profile neck shape
  • 1-ply black trusrod cover with Thunderhorse in silver silkprint
  • 24.75" scale length
  • Phenolic fingerboard with pearloid Dot inlays
  • Gibson USA BurstBucker 1 neck pickup
  • Gibson USA BurstBucker 2 bridge pickup
  • 2-way toggle switch
  • Volume, Tone push-pull pots

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (20)
  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Guitar

First of all let me just say that this is a really great guitar. Right out of the box it looks amazing! I got it with the 2 year limited lifetime warranty. The...Read complete review

First of all let me just say that this is a really great guitar. Right out of the box it looks amazing! I got it with the 2 year limited lifetime warranty. The factory setup was decent, but I adjusted the string height a bit lower and raised the pickups. This guitar is up to par with the Gibson sg standard and Gibson les paul goldtop 50's tribute I have. Epiphone did a great job on this one. Great sounding pickups. Excellent finish looks like it should last a long time. Stays in tune very well. Fretboard is a resin compound material which looks amazing! Much cooler than rosewood or baked maple, and gives the guitar nice tone too. Overall great guitar. I've been playing professionally for about ten years now and would use this guitar as my main instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Initial Impression: Not Impressed

I've only had this guitar for a couple days, but straight out of the box, it had the worst set up of any guitar I've even brought (I have about 20 guitars)....Read complete review

I've only had this guitar for a couple days, but straight out of the box, it had the worst set up of any guitar I've even brought (I have about 20 guitars). Massive fret buzz on four strings; the action was set far too low--most of the strings were visibly touching the frets.

I'll write another review after I get this thing set up right -- just be forewarned that if you buy this, it's probably going to take more effort than it should have to to get it right.

On the plus side, construction seems fine. It looks good. I noticed a couple very minor cosmetic flaws, but nothing major or obvious. Pickups seem great. This should be a good axe once it's step up correctly.

Weird problem with the action being so bad -- I have two other Epiphones, and both had very good action straight out of the box.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By MusicMan

from Milwaukee

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Excellent Finish
  • Good Feel
  • Good Hardware
  • Great Balance
  • Nice Tone
  • Sounds Great
  • Stays in tune well
  • Stunning Appearance
  • Very Shredible

Cons

  • Cheap Case

Best Uses

  • Live Performance
  • Main Guitar
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

First of all let me just say that this is a really great guitar. Right out of the box it looks amazing! I got it with the 2 year limited lifetime warranty. The factory setup was decent, but I adjusted the string height a bit lower and raised the pickups. This guitar is up to par with the Gibson sg standard and Gibson les paul goldtop 50's tribute I have. Epiphone did a great job on this one. Great sounding pickups. Excellent finish looks like it should last a long time. Stays in tune very well. Fretboard is a resin compound material which looks amazing! Much cooler than rosewood or baked maple, and gives the guitar nice tone too. Overall great guitar. I've been playing professionally for about ten years now and would use this guitar as my main instrument.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Initial Impression: Not Impressed

By HH

from Georgia

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I've only had this guitar for a couple days, but straight out of the box, it had the worst set up of any guitar I've even brought (I have about 20 guitars). Massive fret buzz on four strings; the action was set far too low--most of the strings were visibly touching the frets.

    I'll write another review after I get this thing set up right -- just be forewarned that if you buy this, it's probably going to take more effort than it should have to to get it right.

    On the plus side, construction seems fine. It looks good. I noticed a couple very minor cosmetic flaws, but nothing major or obvious. Pickups seem great. This should be a good axe once it's step up correctly.

    Weird problem with the action being so bad -- I have two other Epiphones, and both had very good action straight out of the box.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic axe; Great Quality!!

    By Donny Danger

    from Austin, Tx Y'all!

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar for my son for Xmas and am blown away by the overall quality! I've been playing guitar for almost 40 yrs so I know what I'm talking about. Paint, binding, fit & finish, etc. are all imacculate. Surprised to find USA pickups and real Grover tuners on an Asian guitar at this price point. Coil split functions and the gig bag are nice additional touches. Pretty decent setup right out of the box as well. Also, don't be scared away by the fingerboard material: it looks great and pretty much feels just like the ebony board that I had on my mid-70's Les Paul custom. Overall this thing competes head-on with the USA Gibsons that are marked at 2-3 times the price. There's a reason why these are continuosly on back-order. If you are a fan and/or want a solid, radical metal axe with a sick look, do not hesitate.

    (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice guitar

    By NIGHTSTALKER

    from Shreveport Louisiana

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      The epiphone thunderhorse is a pretty nice guitar. Owning the Gibson thunderhorse, I was a little disappointed in the epiphone thunderhorse. Although its a good guitar it just doesn't come close to my Gibson version. If you don't have the Gibson thunderhorse then I would buy this guitar but if you do stick with the Gibson

      (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      CAN'T WAIT!!!

      By CAMTRONNNN

      from Danbury CT

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Collectible
      • Hard To Find
      • Impossible To Own
      • One Of A Kind

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Brutality
        • Meltfacing
        • Shredding

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

        I cannot WAIT for the Brendon Small Epiphone Thunderhorse to finally hit the shelves!!!

        I pre-ordered this months ago, and I'm still looking at the August 9th ship date and I just can't take it! I'm thinking about buying another just for the investment!!!
        I love that they opted for the Silverburst finish on this, as it reflects the later seasons of Metalocalypse, and rightly so, as the original Gibson Brendon Small release flew in with flat black, in keeping with the earlier seasons :)

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        b class\restock

        By Cliff

        from 8063

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

        B class has issues with fret buzz

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        in love

        By kungfuguy42

        from moncton, newbrunswick canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • COMFORTABLE TO PLAY
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good For Many Genres
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Heavy Ish

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

        i liked the idea of push/pull pots, but when i played the les paul of equal level, i wasn't impressed by sound or feel. it seemed clunky and badly made, but i was on a budget. i thought that if the guitar was wicked looking it would slightly compensate until i could buy a "real" guitar.

        i feel bad for thinking that because when i got the thunderhorse in the mail and plugged it in, it felt like many Gibson Ive tried. i love this guitar. i thought i was going to be playing metal a lot with the guys but in my spare time im playing jazz and funk. its very versatile without even changing settings on an amp. the tone is great. mine was a restock and i cant see why it was returned.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really good guitar

        By NIGHTSTALKER

        from Shreveport Louisiana

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

          After playing this for a few months I actually take back my other reviews. I love this guitar

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A worthy Epiphone

          By Olaf

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is evidence that epiphone can in fact make a guitar that satify the needs of all players and a high quality intrument. The guitar has a neck thin enough to play fast yet full enough to fill in the empty space in your hand, much like two pieces of the puzzle that fit together. The intrument is pretty solid and and will play anything you want it to.

            (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Brutal guitar

            By NIGHTSTALKER

            from Shreveport Louisiana

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

            For the comment above about brendon small playing the black Gibson explorer that's true but he released a Gibson version of the thunderhorse. The Gibson one was really hard to find and that's the one skwisgaar plays on the show. Not the epiphone version. I have the Gibson one and its absolutely amazing. If this epiphone is anything like my Gibson one, then people will be in for a surprise. It's such a fast playing guitar. I pre ordered this epiphone thunderhorse to hang on the wall next to my Gibson thunderhorse and autographed pic of brendon small

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