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Animate Your Metal Mayhem, With an Actual Gibson Tone Machine


As a genuine Gibson Explorer-styled guitar—albeit one that honors an animated death metal sensation—the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer starts with the same select tonewoods that have brought countless great Gibson USA models to life. The body is crafted from solid mahogany, long exalted for its depth, balance and richness of tone, and is joined to a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany for superior resonance and sustain.

A slim, fast neck profile with a thickness of .800" at the 1st fret and .850" at the 12th fret makes it easy to get your riff on with speed and agility, right up to the 22nd fret of the Richlite® fingerboard, thanks to the Explorer's classic easy-access shape. A dense Corian nut, cut on the computerized PLEK for total precision, enhances the transfer of vibrational energy into the neck, while that classic pairing of ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece at the body end provide the perfect blend of adjustability and solidity—and all of these critical components work together to optimize the guitar's resonance and sustain.

To maximize all of this tonal splendor, the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer is equipped with a calibrated set of Gibson's popular BurstBucker humbucking pickups, which comprises a BurstBucker 1 in the neck position and a slightly hotter BurstBucker 2 in the bridge position, for the perfect output balance between the two pickup selections. Made with unpolished Alnico II magnets and unpotted coils that are wound to slightly different numbers of turns of 42-gauge plain enamel-coated wire, just like the originals, these are some of the finest reproduction PAF ("patent applied for") style humbuckers available today.

Wrap it all in Gibson's menacingly beautiful grain-textured Silverburst finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, which offers a tactile matt surface to the touch and a fast-feeling neck, and this tribute guitar has got the looks to play the part, too.

The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer comes with a Gibson USA hardshell case and is covered by Gibson's famous Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service.

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Body and Finish
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer follows the iconic lines of the legendary Gibson Explorer, with its radical points and angles, and is crafted from solid mahogany—a classic tonewood for Gibson USA electric guitars—for a balanced tone and outstanding resonance. A grain-textured Silverburst finish completes a menacing yet beautiful package.
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Body
Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer is crafted in classic Gibson USA style with a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany with a fast, slim profile, and topped with a Richlite® fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and acrylic swirl dot inlays. It has a back-angled "droopy" headstock in the six-a-side style of the original Explorer.
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Neck and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer carries a BurstBucker 1 in the neck position and a slightly hotter BurstBucker 2 in the bridge. Two of the most accurate PAF reproductions available today, they offer plenty of shred power, with subtlety and nuance when required. They are routed through a traditional three-way switch, independent volume pots for each pickup, and a master tone control.
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Hardware & Electronics
Hardware
The hardware set on the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer echoes the classic Gibson complement, with an Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece pairing at the body end, and a set of high-quality Mini-Grover™ Tuners on the headstock, all chrome plated. Together, these components offer outstanding performance and enhanced resonance and sustain.
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Hardware