Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer - Pitch Black

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Pitch Black
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Gothic Twist on a Classic!

The Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer solidbody electric guitar puts a Gothic twist a tried-and-true classic. This guitar's Alnico Classic humbuckers sound positively lethal when they interact with the warm sustaining sound of its mahogany body. The Goth '58 Explorer's Pitch Black-finished asymmetrical-shaped body provides an eye-catching, in-your-face aesthetic that looks spectacular under stage lights. Perform lightning-fast riffs on the Goth '58 Explorer's comfortable SlimTaper "D" neck. Create awesome stutter effects with its KillPot switch. Complete with aggressive-looking black hardware, the Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer solidbody electric guitar is an affordable way to own a piece of rock history, with a dark twist.

Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • KillPot switch for creating cool stutter effects
  • Fat, smoking humbuckers yield uncompromising power
  • Fast-playing SlimTaper "D" neck
KillPot switch for creating cool stutter effects

Back in the '60s, guitarists like Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix created a pronounced stutter effect by flipping their selector toggle switch rapidly and aggressively between pickup settings. This toggle switch-abusing technique has been used by many guitarists since those pioneering days - it's a really cool effect. But, as the guitarists here at Sweetwater will affirm, it puts undue stress on your toggle switch. Enter Epiphone's KillPot. Integrated into your guitar's tone pot, the KillPot achieves the same effect with a quick tap of your tone knob.

Fat, smoking humbuckers yield uncompromising power

The Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer packs humbucking power. When you really want to cook on a solo or deliver some thunderous power chords, you reach for a guitar that has a pair of humbuckers, right? Forget all those thin out-of-phase guitar sounds that session players overused in the 1980s and (sad to say) right through much of the '90s. That's not for you. Your sound is all about the warmth, punch, and midrange complexity you can only get from a pair of humbuckers, and the Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer comes with Alnico Classic humbuckers. You get uncompromising power whether you're playing rhythm or digging into a solo.

Fast-playing SlimTaper "D" neck

Players worldwide appreciate Epiphone's 1960s SlimTaper "D" neck profile for its fast and smooth playability. Thinner than '50s-style necks, this neck profile stays out of the way of your fast lead playing, while still being substantial enough for comfortable rhythm playing.

Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Replica of a 1958 Explorer with Pitch Black finish and black hardware
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers deliver uncompromising power
  • Comfortable SlimTaper "D" neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • KillPot switch produces cool stutter effects
  • Ultra-stable LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge
Explore the dark side with the Epiphone Goth '58 Explorer solidbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Explorer
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Matte
Color Black
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay XII (12th Fret)
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.68
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-Matic/Stopbar
Tuners Sealed
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way Selector
Case Included No Case
Manufacturer Part Number EXP2PBBH1

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great deal!!!

i just recieved this guitar in the mail about a week ago and i must say that i was blown away. it took me a while to figure out what i really wanted when i was looking around for a new guitar, but i did know i wanted an explorer. the 1958 goth caught my eye and i really wanted it except i wasnt sure if it was just cool looking or if its looks matched its quality. after talking to experts all over and reading tons of reviews i decided to just go for it. this guitar is honestly one of the best you will get for the money. sweetwater set it up beautifully for me so when i got it i really didnt have to do any sort of set up. i really like the way it feels and plays. very smooth and fast. the black satin feels great on the neck. it allows very comfortable sliding up and down the fretboard without unwanted friction like some other finishes have. the pickups, however, were not the greatest. they were OK but didnt really handle high levels of distortion and volume (especially with drop-tuning). so within 2 days i replaced the bridge pickup with a seymour duncan sh-6 distortion and now it has a very clear tone to it. lots of crunch and works well with drop tuning. crisp. the weight is nice, too. not too heavy and bulky feeling, but not too light and cheap feeling. i like it a lot. the neck its sort of heavy and may fall to the side if you let go, but that doesnt bother me at all. the sustain is quite good as well...good for those long notes. and harmonics come very easily. the goth has a more "metally" tone to it. deep and full sounding with distortion. its great. and cleans sound really good, too. the explorer feels like more than the price i paid. if i didnt already know the price i would think it was more. it plays great, sounds great, and is a great price. i recommend this to anyone who wants an explorer and doesnt want to spend $1200 or so on the gibson. i really dont think that theres a huge different between the two. just make sure it has a good setup and replace the pickups and i assure that youll be very happy with this purchase.
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