Explorer Vampire Blood Moon
Dark as the night, evisceratingly sharp, vital as blood—the Gibson USA Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is here to rock the evil side of midnight, with a power and a fury like nothing known before. This brand new model from Gibson USA takes its cue from the radical Explorer, an iconic rock guitar ever since its introduction as part of the Modernistic .
The guitar is loaded with cutting-edge hardware and components, yet retains a businesslike simplicity that puts nothing in the way of letting you get the job done. Two fully active Gibson GEM pickups provide unprecedented power, while a double-locking vibrato system offers unbridled stylistic versatility to the unhinged rocker, with outstanding tuning stability.
For looks, the Juju finish nails it dead, starting with a grain-textured satin black that eerily shows off the swamp ash body's dramatic and extensive grain, with subtle red filler highlights hinting at the menace that lurks beneath. Logo, selector switch tip, and control knob numbers are all in red, and red "blood drop" fingerboard inlays drive the point deep into the vein. Trim and hardware are all in black, naturally. As a guitar crafted in the tradition of Gibson USA, the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon goes way beyond looks and tone, too, to offer a superb playing feel with an ultra-fast neck, and the faultless final set up you have come to expect from the leading name in electric guitars.
Explorer Vampire Blood Moon
Body and Finish
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon follows the iconic lines of the legendary Gibson Explorer, but updates the format with a body of solid swamp ash for a balanced tone and outstanding resonance, as well as an instrument that's light enough to stay strapped on for hours. A black grain-textured Juju satin finish shows off this wood's broad grain, which is further accentuated by subtle red filler highlights.
Neck Fingerboard and Headstock
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany with a fast, slim profile, and topped with a rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and red "blood drop" inlays. It has a back-angled headstock in the six-a-side style of the original Explorer.
Pickups and Electronics
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon carries two GEM active open coil humbucking pickups, an entirely new design from Gibson USA. These units offer unprecedented power and fidelity, with firm lows, sweet highs, and outstanding sustain. They are routed through a traditional three-way switch, independent volume pots for each pickup, and a master tone control.
The hardware set on the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon echoes the dark soul of this evil instrument. All entirely black plated, it features a Schaller™ high-performance vibrato tailpiece with fine tuners, a Schaller™ Locking Nut, and efficient Mini-Grover™ tuners. Strap buttons are Gibson's traditional aluminum type, but also in black chrome.