Bought it from US ebay in 2010, comes with the original hard shell case (OHSC), shipped thru fedex (excellent service, but very pricey). Modified by the previous owner - pickups EMG 81/85, knobs and pots - volume, tone and a 'gain or overdrive', jack plate and truss rod.
Have tested it with a Marshall half stack (dunno what model), Blackstar HT5 full stack, ENGL Invader, Line 6 Spider III and Vox VT40+.
I want to test it with a mesa boogie Dual Rec/Mark 5 and Marshall JCM 800.
Clean tone thru my zoom g2nu is nice, both the 81 and 85. The 85 could deliver a creamy tone with or without adjusting the tone knob.
Definately not a beginner's due to its body shape, my right had were tired when playing it the first time. The main reason why I like the most about this guitar is because of James Hetfield. Yes, i know he uses a 84 Gibson explorer, well this is the closest that I can get. The ESP explorer that James used is way too expensive. I also believe that EMGs goes well with a gibson explorer.
I almost sell it last year, at that time I wanted to buy a house but after discussing the matter with my wife, she said don't sell it since the explorer means a lot to me. I love this guitar and I love my wife too.
|My Gibson Explorer aka Rose. Pic taken by Tomato Man|