The Epiphone 1958 Explorer Goth Killpot Electric Guitar unleashes Epiphone’s darker side with an absolutely classic vintage model that is designed to look and sound mean, something it does with glorious aplomb; outfitted in a Pitch Black finish and becoming part of the Goth collection.
Bold Body Shape
Although originally conceived in 1958, the Explorer is noted as having been too far ahead of its time, with only around 100 being made at that time (if you have one in the attic drag it out and throw it on eBay, you’re looking at a massive pay out) the model was too far away from what people were used to. Although it has since been imitated, nothing has sounded or looked as good as Gibson’s original design, and the body of this model is moulded around those very dimensions.
With the same angular, asymmetrical body, along with the signature pointed headstock, and being cultivated from mahogany, this design adds to the overall tone of the instrument, along with giving a distinctive look onstage. Although striking to look at, some may think that this would result in a guitar that is awkward to play, but it is a surprisingly well-balanced instrument that is very comfortable; celebrate its pointiness.
Mahogany Neck, SlimTaper D Profile
Glued-in and hand-set into the body of the Epiphone 1958 Explorer Goth with Killswitch, for optimum contact, and therefore a better flow of resonance, is a mahogany neck making up the 24.75” scale length. With its SlimTaper D profile, the neck is comfortable to play, and makes light work of chord work.
This is joined by a rosewood fingerboard that gives a nice surface to work on, with its 12” radius and 1.68” nut width. Although the fingerboard has been left without inlays (there are position markers at the side of the fingerboard, don’t worry), there is a nice little feature at the twelfth fret, with a pearloid ‘XII’ fret marker.
Made to be as hardcore as the guitar itself, the hardware used to construct the Epiphone 1958 Explorer Goth Killpot Electric Guitar is all-metal and coated head to toe in black. The headstock is equipped with a set of premium die-cast tuners, which, with Epiphone’s classic LockTone Tune-O-Matic and StopBar, provide exceptional tuning stability, along with the bridge and tailpiece’s optimum resonance and sustain.
Further enhancing the sinister feeling that the Epiphone 1958 Explorer Goth Killpot already gives off, it has been equipped with a pair of Alnico Classic humbuckers. These powerhouses offer incredible tonal depth and a rich darkness and growl that suits the guitar down to the ground. These are easily controlled with a three-way toggle switch, individual volume knobs and a master tone control.
Kill it like Buckethead
Another of the guitar’s standout appointments, and namesake, a killpot (or kill switch) is found by pressing the master tone control knob. This addition gives you the capability to instantly mute and reengage the volume of the guitar. This has the practical use of stopping unwanted noise from the guitar in-between tunes but the more fun use is creating the ‘machine gun’ effect heard in many rock songs, and is particularly associated with Buckethead.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model 1958 Explorer Goth Model Number EXP2PBBH1 Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile SlimTaper D Fingerboard Material Rosewood Position Inlays Single Pearloid 'XII' at 12th Fret Fingerboard Radius 12" Scale Length 24.75" Pickups Alnico Classic humbucker (Bridge)
Alnico Classic humbucker (Neck)
Pickup Configuration HH Active/Passive Passive Controls 2 Volume
Bridge LockTone Tune-O-Matic Tailpiece StopBar Hardware Finish Black Tuners Premium die-cast 14:1 Pickguard Black Finish Pitch Black
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