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Gibson Limited Run Shark Fin Electric Guitar
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The Gibson Shark Fin is every bit as eye-catching as the original Explorer, which Gibson debuted in 1958, but this sleek axe has a look and feel all ...Read More
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The Gibson Shark Fin is every bit as eye-catching as the original Explorer, which Gibson debuted in 1958, but this sleek axe has a look and feel all its own. Until you take a closer look at this electric guitar, you may not even realize that the Shark Fin is a descendant of the Gibson Explorer guitar. With its rounded "fin," a midsection that looks like it's had a bite taken from it and an inverted headstock, this Gibson guitar is an original that speaks volumes about the tastes of its owner. The Gibson Shark Fin guitar hasn't completely overlooked its predecessor's blueprints, retaining the must-have components that have made the Explorer a bestseller for more than 50 years: a mahogany body, hybrid neck profile, humbucking 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbucking pickups, and classic Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece.
The Gibson Shark Fin is comprised of several pieces of the finest mahogany far a round, open, warm tone. The swooping relief cuts that form the guitar's asymmetrical shape are carefully engineered for maximum balance in your hands. The high gloss 90-sheen lacquer finish gives the Shark Fin electric guitar a sleek surface that's smooth to the touch.
The neck of the Shark Fin is constructed from a solid piece of mahogany, the hands-down best choice for guitarists who demand a strong but lightweight neck. The neck on the Gibson Shark Fin has the best of both worlds”slimmer than the '60s profile with a rounded '50s shape. This is the neck of choice for many guitarists because it is neither too fat nor too thin and handles comfortably in hands of all sizes. The Shark Fin is outfitted with a headstock typically used on left-handed Explorers, as to maximize access to the silver tuners.
Each Gibson Shark Fin comes with a classic ebony fingerboard. Born in the jungles of Madagascar and India, this dense and durable wood makes for an extremely balanced and stable fingerboard. Ebony is always rich in tonal response, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The Shark Fin sports 22 frets and has a 12-inch radius that provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
Traditionally included on Explorer model guitars, the 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbucking pickups equip the Shark Fin with outstanding tone and performance. Introduced in the early 1970s, Gibson's 496R and 500T pickups filled the need for more powerful humbuckers and energized the emergence of hard rock and heavy metal. The 496R produces incredible sustain and cutting power with its ceramic magnet while the 500T rocks to the core with its three ceramic magnet structure. This is one of Gibson's most powerful pickup combinations.
The Shark Fin is equipped with Schaller's chrome-plated "Knurled Bob" tuning keys. The "knurled" keys, which are impressed with a diamond pattern, provide optimum grip, a utilitarian look and a tuning ratio of 14:01. The Gibson tune-o-matic and stopbar tailpiece provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain.
The Shark Fin comes with a Gibson Explorer hardshell case and a 2009 Limited Run series Certificate of Authenticity.
- Style: Modified Explorer
- Body: mahogany
- Neck: set mahogany
- Scale length: 24-3/4"
- Neck profile: special Shark Fin
- Headstock reverse 6-in-line
- Fingerboard: ebony
- Fingerboard radius: 12"
- No. Of frets: 22
- Fingerboard inlays: dots
- Nut width: 1.69"
- Neck pickup: 496R Hot Ceramic humbucker
- Bridge pickup: 500T Super Ceramic humbucker
- Controls: Volume, Tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
- Knobs: black speed
- Hardware: chrome
- Tuners: Schaller "Knurled Bob" tuning keys
- Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: stop bar
- Finish: polyurethane Gauge
- Strings: Gibson, sizes .010 - .046.
- Case: hardshell
- Other: Certificate of Authenticity
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I played this guitar on vacation when I saw a small music store. But as I walked inside, I saw a wall full of Gibsons, and I immediately ran over to this guitar. It is EXTREMELY light, has a low action, smooth neck, and overall a very good guitar. The only thing I didn't like about the guitar was the stock pups. They were ok, but just not ones that I would have kept on it if I would have bought it. But other than that I really loved that guitar.
I'm sure they'll be some haters but this guitar smokes. I think it's great that Gibson threw they're hat in the ring for metal guys. BC Rich cant be happy about this. The neck is perfect, you can pull anything off on this. I like the stripped down feel, not alot of bells and whistles just pure muscle. The Pickups are molten and the feel is nice. Its the type of guitar that makes you want to keep picking it up. Plus it will be worth a fortune in a few years first year run will get big dollar collectors watrch out