Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar Silver Burst

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The Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer Electric Guitar is the guitar of choice for any fan of Dethklok. It features a striking silverburst finish over a classic explorer bo... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer Electric Guitar is the guitar of choice for any fan of Dethklok. It features a striking silverburst finish over a classic explorer body of mahogany. Its set mahogany neck has a 1960s slim taper, D profile neck shape for ultrafast soloing. Dual burstbucker pickups are wired to a single Master volume and dual Tone controls with Push/Pull pots for the wide variety of tones that Skwisgaar Skwigelf of Dethklok requires. This is a serious instrument and a tip of the hat to an award-winning band.

Includes gig bag.

Features
  • Striking silverburst gloss finish
  • Classic Explorer profile
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany set neck
  • 1960's Slimtaper, D profile neck shape
  • 1-ply black trusrod cover with Thunderhorse in silver silkprint
  • 24.75" scale length
  • Phenolic fingerboard with pearloid Dot inlays
  • Gibson USA BurstBucker 1 neck pickup
  • Gibson USA BurstBucker 2 bridge pickup
  • 2-way toggle switch
  • Volume, Tone push-pull pots
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Guitar

First of all let me just say that this is a really great guitar. Right out of the box it looks amazing! I got it with the 2 year limited lifetime warranty. The...Read complete review

First of all let me just say that this is a really great guitar. Right out of the box it looks amazing! I got it with the 2 year limited lifetime warranty. The factory setup was decent, but I adjusted the string height a bit lower and raised the pickups. This guitar is up to par with the Gibson sg standard and Gibson les paul goldtop 50's tribute I have. Epiphone did a great job on this one. Great sounding pickups. Excellent finish looks like it should last a long time. Stays in tune very well. Fretboard is a resin compound material which looks amazing! Much cooler than rosewood or baked maple, and gives the guitar nice tone too. Overall great guitar. I've been playing professionally for about ten years now and would use this guitar as my main instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Initial Impression: Not Impressed

I've only had this guitar for a couple days, but straight out of the box, it had the worst set up of any guitar I've even brought (I have about 20 guitars)....Read complete review

I've only had this guitar for a couple days, but straight out of the box, it had the worst set up of any guitar I've even brought (I have about 20 guitars). Massive fret buzz on four strings; the action was set far too low--most of the strings were visibly touching the frets.

I'll write another review after I get this thing set up right -- just be forewarned that if you buy this, it's probably going to take more effort than it should have to to get it right.

On the plus side, construction seems fine. It looks good. I noticed a couple very minor cosmetic flaws, but nothing major or obvious. Pickups seem great. This should be a good axe once it's step up correctly.

Weird problem with the action being so bad -- I have two other Epiphones, and both had very good action straight out of the box.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Initial Impression: Not Impressed

By HCC

from Atlanta

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I've only had this guitar for a couple days, but straight out of the box, it had the worst set up of any guitar I've even brought (I have about 20 guitars). Massive fret buzz on four strings; the action was set far too low--most of the strings were visibly touching the frets.

    I'll write another review after I get this thing set up right -- just be forewarned that if you buy this, it's probably going to take more effort than it should have to to get it right.

    On the plus side, construction seems fine. It looks good. I noticed a couple very minor cosmetic flaws, but nothing major or obvious. Pickups seem great. This should be a good axe once it's step up correctly.

    Weird problem with the action being so bad -- I have two other Epiphones, and both had very good action straight out of the box.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Thunderhorse

    By Khalil

    from Palmdale, California

    Site Member

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar truly is amazing. Aside from it's killer Silverburst finish, one of the many things that makes this guitar so great is how close it sounds to it's Gibson counterpart. So if anyone is looking for an affordable guitar that has the sound of a Gibson guitar and more, then look no further than the Epiphone Thunderhorse. It has push pull pots which make it much a much more versatile instrument. This guitar is great for any beginner to intermediate to advanced guitar player.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Guitar Rocks!

    By Russ

    from Ogallala, Ne

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar. I have a U.S.A. Jackson and this Explorer the second guitar I own that I WILL NOT SELL. She is a permanent addition to my musical family.

       
      3.0

      What can I say...I returned it the next day.

      By Allen

      from Texas

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I returned it. It could have been great, but it wasn't. I wanted it to be great, but it wasn't. What was Good: Looks awesome. Case looks great, but is a little thin. Pickups sound great. (not as good as my EMG Het Set, but great) What was Bad: Frets have huge gouges and scratches. Bubbles in the finish around the binding. Hum, Hum, Hum. Oh my god, did this thing hum. I guess there is no shielding. It really hurts to see this iconic axe get such a bad production run. It appears to be common. I have seen more "Factory Seconds" for this guitar than any other.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      b class\restock

      By cliff

      from 8063

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      B class has issues with fret buzz

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice little player

      By Brad

      from Houston, Texas

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is a nice little player. Very low profile neck smooth fretboard. Not a single blemish on mine. Setup very well no bridge adjustments needed. Comes with a case and a couple of stickers. What I don't like is that the fretboard looks cheap. Something like a child's toy guitar. That being said it is not a determining factor on buying the guitar. The pickups are sub par and extremely noisy so I will assume that the wiring was not done properly but I will be replacing the pickups in a week along with the wiring. From prior experience with many Epi's about half of them have had some kind of wiring problem right off the bat. The nut looks cheaply made but it is also a future replacement. Other than that finish is spot on, looks great. Again it feels amazing to play. Body is very light and comfortable. For speed I'd suggest lightly sanding the neck with some fine grit sand paper. I do that for all of my guitars. I really do enjoy playing this guitar. It has a few flaws but I think any cheap major production guitar will be that way. I am not expecting prior to 2000's Gibson quality on a $500 guitar but it feels so good to play. If you are looking GREAT player you found one. It plays amazing even with a few problems that mine has.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      not in the new condition as told!

      By cliff

      from 8063

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice Guitar
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • The Fret Board Was Jacked
      • The Frets Were Dented
      • The Frets Were Scratched

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I was really happy to get this guitar for a nice price, i was told it was a restock and would be in brand new condition and at first look it seemed to be until i put a new set of strings on and saw a bunch of jacked frets and the fret board was weird like air is under the poly,

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      in love

      By kungfuguy42

      from moncton, newbrunswick canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • COMFORTABLE TO PLAY
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good For Many Genres
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Heavy Ish

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

      i liked the idea of push/pull pots, but when i played the les paul of equal level, i wasn't impressed by sound or feel. it seemed clunky and badly made, but i was on a budget. i thought that if the guitar was wicked looking it would slightly compensate until i could buy a "real" guitar.

      i feel bad for thinking that because when i got the thunderhorse in the mail and plugged it in, it felt like many Gibson Ive tried. i love this guitar. i thought i was going to be playing metal a lot with the guys but in my spare time im playing jazz and funk. its very versatile without even changing settings on an amp. the tone is great. mine was a restock and i cant see why it was returned.

       
      5.0

      Great guitar for a great price!

      By uglyfish42

      from Stafford, VA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

        As a fan of Metalocalypse, I had wanted to buy one of the first run of Gibson Thunderhorse Explorers. Long story short, I didn't have the money at the time so I got the Epiphone. Although made in China, the build quality is excellent. The pickups are able to produce any tone I want, making this a very versatile guitar. Out of the box, the action was higher than I prefer, so I lowered it and reset the intonation. The gig bag that comes with the guitar seems pretty nice. Good padding and well shaped to make the Explorer body seem smaller than it is. Tone and sustain are remarkable. The large mahogany body and smooth mahogany neck generate nice warm tones that are easily brightened by use of the bridge pickup. The push/pull coil tapping allows for even more tonal options. I would recommend this guitar for any style of music and any experience level.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Epiphone thunderhorse

        By Krankem 666

        from St. George UT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Coil splitting
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Anything
        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is awesome. Exact same specs as the Gibson version at a fraction of the price with the added bonus of coil splitting, and a custom gigbag. The silverburst looks way better in person compaired to the pictures online. The neck is a little on the thicker side, but you can still move up and down really quick. I went to Las Vegas to see a friend and while I was down there I went to see if they had 1 of 6 guitars I am and was interested in. This being one of them. I tried it out and it felt like a perfect fit. I originally planned on buying it online after I got the chance to see if I liked it. I liked it so much I baught it that same day. Mainly because I didn't want to wait X amount of days for it to be shipped to my house and run the risk of it being damaged when I got it. Would highly recommend to anyone who plays metal or hard rock. Just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

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