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Gibson Shred-X Explorer Electric Guitar Ebony

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The Shred-X Explorer is Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for June 2008. The Gibson Explorer has long been a coveted workhorse guitar among the ranks ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Takes a classic and gives it a shot of adrenaline.

The Shred-X Explorer is Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for June 2008. The Gibson Explorer has long been a coveted workhorse guitar among the ranks of the world's finest hard rock and heavy metal players. Now, this Explorer guitar takes it up a notch, with a one-piece mahogany body outfitted with black chrome hardware, and an Ebony finish.

A pair of EMG 85 pickups deliver the output needed for hard rock and metal, and a Kahler 2215K tremolo system ensures there will be no intonation or tuning issues when dive bombing chords and notes. The neck is also one-piece mahogany with Gibson's traditional '50s rounded profile, and ebony fingerboard with black acrylic dot fretboard inlays unique only to the Shred-X guitar, and locking Grover tuners.

The toggle switch has been relocated to the position it occupies on the Explorers from the 1980s, allowing easier access to quick, pickup selection. The Shred-X Explorer comes with a custom Gibson Guitar of the Month case. Production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.

  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set-in
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with black dot inlay
  • Neck Shape: Explorer rounded
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12"
  • Bridge: Kahler tremolo system
  • Pickup Bridge: EMG 85
  • Pickup Neck: EMG 85
  • Controls: 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 3-way pickup selector
  • Tuners: Locking Grover
  • Hardware color: Black chrome
  • Finish: Lacquer
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By Big Mitch

from San Diego, CA

This is a sweet guitar. I just got mine on the 18th of June. This axe looks beautiful, has loads of sustain, and the action is great! I cant be happier. The only thing is that it weighs a ton but hell its still the best guitar I've played. Bravo Gibson on such a piece of work.


This guitar is incredible.

By JMorgan

from Louisville, KY

I thoroughly educated myself prior to purchasing this guitar and now I can appreciate it for what it is. Plays easily, extremely rich tone and versatility. Sounds really great with most pedals I have tried. The Kahler tremolo system makes this instrument extra special. Try it out. P.S. The tuning is not going to go out unless you are whammy-ing out of control, i.e. for hours on end. Really.


Great guitar!One problem.

By Explorerrockmyworld

from Temecula,california

I was ecstatic when my brother bought me this guitar. The dual 85's are great for metal the neck is comfortable. No pick guard in the way. Switch in a better place then normal explorers. And the Kahler made me feel like jumping up and down like a little girl. But the lockinging tuners are great because it stays in tune and needs no wraps. But it can't save it from the Kahler destroying the tuning. But kahler has a mode where the bridge can be turned into a fixed. I like to keep the bar in and lock it. Just to look cool ;D. overall this is a great guitar. But if your getting it to divebombs. You'll be disapoited


Amazing guitar.

By Jarrod-Lnk9y

from Manistee, MI

I have the predecessor to this, the Gibson Futura, it is the same guitar besides different placement of the knobs and a different head. It is an amazing guitar, suitable for all styles of music, and has a deep tone.


Amazing Guitar with Horrible Tuning Stability

By trembaruser

from Los Angeles, CA

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I got this guitar yesterday, and it's a masterpiece in terms of sound, playability and design. However, there's a serious engineering problem: Unlike all Kahler equipped guitars on the market, the guitar DOES NOT have a locking nut!!! The tuning stability when you use the tremolo bar is a total disaster! It doesn't hold the tuning even with the slighest tremolo movement. The locking tuners that come with the guitar can't withhold Kahler's tremolo action. Locking tuners are great for fixed bridge guitars but NOT for tremolo-equipped guitars. After numerous attempts, I gave up on the tremolo and am just using the guitar without the tremolo. In fact, the Kahler model on this guitar has a screw that turns it into a fixed bridge, which is great. In a nutshell, if you're looking for serious tremolo action, stay far away from this guitar. But if you play the guitar in fixed bridge mode, go for it without fear - it's an amazing guitar. Shame on Gibson for such an embarassing tremolo flaw.


The Ultimate Explorer!!!!!!!

By Gil E.

from Wellington,FL

Gibson has set the bar pretty high with the Shred-X. I think this is one of the best Explorers they have made. I just got this guitar a couple of days ago and it rocks! The 2 EMG85's sound really great on this guitar. I also like how Gibson moved the tone knobs and switch to resmble the 80's style Explorer. It is also very well put together and has a very solid body. If you are a fan of Explorers like I am, then I suggest you try the Shred-X!!! You will not be disapointed!!!!


Good guitar, but Gibson's Mess Up

By Sangin

from Las Vegas, NV

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Okay, this guitar is sweet no doubt about it, this thing is wicked with the duel 85 EMG's PERFECT for metal/rock alike, but with all good things, it has it's down fall as well. The neck is deadly, this thing is a shreder's dream. But the thing is, when Gibson put the Kahler tremolo system they didn't put any string locks on it. Which means it goes out of tune QUICK. They did put Grover Locking Tuners on it, but that's only good if you like to bend strings/squilies. Which in that cause would of been perfect, that's the only flaw with this guitar is the fact that Gibson made that mistake. Other then that, if you don't abuse the Kahler it will be perfect.


Nice Change For Gib But There's Better For Shred

By Zombieboy

from Montreal, QC

It's nice to see Gibson trying something new apart from simply putting out another version of a Les Paul, and the addition a kahler tremelo system is welcome. It feels great in your hands and you everything's top notch quality, but overall it really is overpriced. It sounds great, and has some nice features, but so do Jacksons and ESPs that are a thousand dollars cheaper... A nice deviator for Gibson into a market they've somewhat ignored, but this attempt won't be breaking the bank. If you really want a Gibson for real metal, get a regular Gibson explorer and switch some EMGs for pickups.



By Bubblehead-s3i4W

from Connecticut

My wife gave me this sweet stringed instrument for christmas. The resonance on this beast, which you can feel in your bones(unplugged) is amazing. The EMG 85's out it into a class of it's own with their sizzling clarity. I do have 2 issues however. The first one is that I am astounded that they did not add a lock set on the neck to keep the tuning in place. II feel like I am tuning it all of the time which is troublesome. The second issue is that the Kahler tremelo string saddles are too small to fit strings larger than a 10 guage set. I tune to C standard which presents many difficulties. Overall this product is deffinately one of a kind and I would buy it again if I had to do it all over.

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