MUSIKMESSE: Gibson unveil Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer
Gibson unveil Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer
When your tone's as massive as that of Mastodon's Bill Kelliher,
you need a guitar with equally mammoth power. For both looks and
sound, the iconic Gibson Explorer is a perfect fit: this radically
angled electric was light-years ahead of its time when it was
introduced in 1958, and it's still the first choice of many of the
world's fiercest rockers.
The Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe" Explorer from Gibson USA brews
select tonewoods into a timelessly revolutionary body style. With
powerful LACE™ Nitro Hemi® humbucking pickups and classic hardware,
this is a guitar befitting Kelliher's status in the world of metal.
Trapezoid fingerboard inlays, gold-plated hardware, a hot-stamped
Golden Axe truss-rod cover, cream pickguard with hot-stamped
Mastodon logo, and Bill's choice of Go-Gold Burst finish in
high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer complete this stunning
Body and neck
Mahogany has a long history as a tonewood with Gibson, and it
provides the perfect core for the Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe"
Explorer. Crafted from solid, unchambered mahogany, the
Explorer-style body yields plenty of richness and depth, along with
excellent sustain. The solid mahogany neck is carved to Bill's
preference of slim Explorer profile measuring 0.800" at the 1st
fret and 0.850" at the 12th, and topped with a solid rosewood
fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a PLEK-cut Corian™ nut.
The body's top and fingerboard are trimmed in elegant cream
Pickups and electronics
Bill Kelliher demands the utmost in power and versatility from
his pickups, which is why his "Golden Axe" Explorer is equipped
with two powerful LACE™ Nitro Hemi® humbuckers. These extremely
powerful contemporary humbuckers excel at high-gain metal tones,
with thumping lows and punchy, aggressive mids, yet retain
outstanding clarity and sweet, bell-like highs. As a bonus, they
are wired for coil-splitting to provide authentic single-coil
tones, which can be used individually or in several combinations
via a traditional three-way selector switch. A push-pull switch on
the master volume control splits the bridge pickup, while the
master tone's switching splits the neck pickup.
Ever since their introduction in 1954, Gibson's Tune-o-matic
bridge and stopbar tailpiece have been acclaimed for their perfect
marriage of solid sustain and efficient intonation. These classics
answer the call perfectly on the Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe"
Explorer, along with a set of high-quality Grover™ Mini tuners. All
hardware, along with the strap buttons and pickup covers, is plated
Case and extras
Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell Explorer
case with black exterior, and includes owner's manual and truss-rod
adjustment tool, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and
24/7/365 customer service..
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