Gibson 2019 Explorer Tribute – Test & Review

Gibson 2019 Explorer Tribute – Test & Review
Guitar Review by Have Guitar

Heeeeello Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019! Yeah, I know… Gibson isn’t what they used to be and the financial problems and quality issues with some years. Still, old habits die hard and I have been into Gibson way back. So far back it actually started when I was kid – many years before I even got a chance to pickup an electric guitar. For me, they just have a special place in my heart – but that doesn’t mean I can’t be critical when needed.

The original Explorer model has been one of my favourite models for a long time, I have played a few but the only one I actually bought was an Ibanez Destroyer (reissue of the original Destroyer). I had also promised myself not buy any more gear for good while ahead… and then came the Gibson 2019 lineup. Uhm. And Andertons had the Explorer Tribute in stock. Did you hear a breaking sound? Yup, that was my promise to myself that broke.

Well, there you have the some background to why I bought this guitar, unplayed and untested from the UK. The rest of the review and my rants are in the video – of course together with a good bunch of sound demos. Also see the index below for your convinience, if you wanna skip to some specific part of the video review.

Index:
00:38 – What’s in the case
02:54 – Specifications Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019
05:48 – Clean to Low gain sound demos
08:30 – Ramblings about the purchase
10:49 – Mid gain sound demos
13:30 – High gain sound demos
15:52 – Conclusion (yep, it’s long!)

If you think the conclusion is too long (and some people will think just that!) just read the below. Just warning you, this is a very compressed version of it:

Pros:
Cool looking guitar unless you like fancy stuff
Plays great
Sounds great
Quality is good, no dead frets or fret buzz
Great service from Andertons

Cons:
No fancy details if you’re into that
Extremely ugly softcase
No hardcase
Somewhat pricey for a Tribute model

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Equipment used:
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019
Kemper Profiling Amp

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

Tektoid (nut material) explained

Gibsons current Explorer models

Gibson Explorer @ Wikipedia

List of Kemper Profiles used in this video:

Live Ready Sound (Butah Zen’d, ReVerend G120 & Juiced Rocker MKIII)

Mattfig (Sheeva EL34)

ReampZone (Freedman BE-100, Diezel Einstein 100 & Sir Badger 18)

SGL Profiles (Shockerverb)

SinMix (Diamond Pack)

ToneJunkie (Spanky Chimey & 65 England)

Top Jimi (Stevens 100)

Kemper Amps

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Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom Shop – Test / Review

Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom Shop – Test / Review
Guitar review by Have Guitar

My partner in crime (when it comes to a fascination of guitars!) Klas came around with a surprise the other day. I kinda suspected what it was from the tweed case he had in his car and lo and behold: it was Fender Telecaster Reissue 52 Custom Shop from 2014! It had a little relic from the factory but not so much that it was disturbing (me not being a fan of factory relicing really!).

So, we spent a couple of hours playing this Tele and man; was I impressed! And so was Klas as he hadn’t that much time in it. It just sounded great with any profile we loaded up in my Kemper, from clean worshiptones to full metal higain stuff! And so we decided to make test/review video of this Fender Tele and to my delight Klas also joined in on the video – very fun to have someone to talk to during the video and I hope you’ll like that too!

I have been looking around for the spec’s of this particular guitar but the closest I’ve come across is the general spec’s of a ’52 Telecaster and as this should follow that pretty closely here it is:

Body: Ash
Neck: One-Piece Bolt-On Maple
Number of Frets: 21
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Radius: 7.25″
Pickups: Two Single-Coil Pickups with Volume and Tone Controls
Switching: 3-Position Switch
Bridge: 3-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Bridge with Brass Saddles
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
(Borrowed from: https://areyouexperiment.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/fender-52-telecaster-reissue/)

For the sound we’re playing through my Kemper, hooked up to my Focusrite soundcard via SPDIF (stereo) and recorded in Reaper. I have used profiles from the following profilers: ReampZone, Live Ready Sound, SinMix, Mattfig, TMS Profiles and ToneJunkie. Tried to pick a varied selection of sounds from clean to metal to give you wide overview of what the Tele is capable of.

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom Shop (2014)
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Fender guitars

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Kemper official website

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ST 60th Vintage Master series by Green Guitars (Guitar review)

ST 60th Vintage Master series by Green Guitars (Guitar review)
Guitar review/test from Have Guitar!

Have Guitar is happy to present a review of Green Guitars ST 60th Vintage Master Series, a classic stratocaster made like a 1965 strat. Green Guitars is located in Sweden and they offer a large variety of guitar models, all priced very competitive. This model looks great, plays very nice and sounds fantastic – I’m very happy to have been given the chance to present this review to you. I’ve had the Strat for about three weeks and I have given it as much time as I possibly could – partly to see what it can deliver but also due to the fact that I really liked playing it!

In this video I’ve tried to give as much info about the Green Guitars Strat as I could, and I’ve picked out twelve Kemper profiles for the sound samples. I have chosen a bunch of different amplifier and arranged them in the video so it start with low gain increasing to high gain. If you just wanna hear the sound examples I have included an index that you can follow, see below.

I would like to give Green Guitars a round of applause coupled with a Big Thanks for letting me do this review – it’s the first time I’ve been sponsored with a review item in a physical form. I really do appriciate that!

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Index:
01:15 Low gain sound samples
05:09 Mid gain sound samples
08:18 High gain sound samples

Guitar specification:
Body American alder
C-shaped neck in Canadian hard maple
Width at the nut: 1.65 inches
Width at the 12th fret: 2.02 inches
Fretboard available in maple or rosewood
Scale: 25.5″
22 medium jumbo frets
Radius: 10″
Tremolo vintage stable
3 x Lundgren 60’s Vintage singlecoils
1 volume and 2 tone controls
5-way pickup-selector
Hardware in chrome
Delivered with 9-42 strings
Weight: 7.68 lbs (surf green), 8.10 lbs (vintage white)
Colors: Vintage White or Surf Green, gloss finish

Equipment used in this video:
Green ST 60th Vintage Master series (Lundgren Vintage 60s)
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Green Guitars webpage (Swedish only)

Profiles used in this review:

Live Ready Sound

ReampZone

SinMix

SGL Profiles

TMS Profiles

Tone Junkie

Kemper Profiling Amp

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100 and edited in Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14. Sound, unless otherwise mentioned, is recorded in Reaper.

Boss Katana: 20 Sound Demos

Without further ado – Have Guitar gives you 20 sound demos from the Boss Katana (100 watts, 1×12″ speaker). I’ve done/used twenty different sound settings and even included the acoustic channel. I’ve tried to pick as many different types of sound as possible to give you a good picture of what the Katana is capable of. All sound demos are recorded through the Katana to Focusrite 6i6 to Reaper.

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Boss Katana 100w 1×10
TTone Klon Centaur Horsie overdrive
EHX Big Muff Russian Green

English version / Engelsk version

Svensk version / Swedish version:

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Boss website – Katana Amps

Vguitar Forums (have dedicated sub forums for the Boss Katana)

Vguitar Forums – GumTown’s Katana FxFloorBoard Editor

(An alternative software editor that gives you direct access to the ‘sneaky amps’ and much more!)

Boss Katana @ The Gear Page

Tone Settings from Guitarpatch.com

Review of the Boss Katana in English

Svensk recension av Boss Katana

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Shot with a Sony FDR-AX100 in HD. Edited in Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14. Recordings in Reaper.

Boss Katana 100 watts 1×12″ – Review & Test

So here’s another review from Have Guitar – the Boss Katana amplifier. Is tubes? No. Is it a digital modelling amp? Not really. The Boss Katana goes its own way and its goin’ is good…

This review is about the Boss Katana 100 watts with a 1×12″ speaker, five different amp setting ranging from acoustic to high gain, power control and much more. Watch my review for a runthrough of the Katanas feature, sound examples and Have Guitars opinion about this amp!

English review:

Recension på svenska (Swedish review):

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Boss Katana 100w 1×10
EHX Big Muff Russian Green

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Boss website – Katana Amps

Vguitar Forums (some sub forums dedicated for the Boss Katana)

Vguitar Forums – GumTown’s Katana FxFloorBoard Editor

(The above is an alternative software editor, gives direct access to the ‘sneaky amps’ and much more!)

Long thread on the Boss Katana @ The Gear Page

Tone Settings from Guitarpatch.com

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Line 6 Helix Native – ALL the presets! (2 of 4)

Here’s a crazy (bonus!) video series where Have Guitar demo’s ALL the presets in Line 6’s new VST plugin, Helix Native. This is part two of four, containing presets 33 – 64 of Helix Natives 128 presets.

So a software version of the Line Helix? Yeah, isn’t that great! What if we could have at least a sound editor like this for the Kemper? Dream on… but meanwhile you can have listen to the Helix at least. And if you like what you hear you can try it out too! Just download it and register at Line 6 and you’ll get a 15-day-trial with the Helix Native.

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Guitars used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Epiphone Classic IV Pro Thunderbird

Line 6 Helix Native plugin

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Line 6 Helix Native – ALL the presets! (1 of 4)

Here’s a crazy (bonus!) video series where Have Guitar demo’s ALL the presets in Line 6’s new VST plugin, Helix Native. This is part one of four, containing the 32 first presets of Helix Natives 128 presets.

So a software version of the Line Helix? Yeah, isn’t that great! What if we could have at least a sound editor like this for the Kemper? Dream on… but meanwhile you can have listen to the Helix at least. And if you like what you hear you can try it out too! Just download it and register at Line 6 and you’ll get a 15-day-trial with the Helix Native.

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Guitars used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)

Line 6 Helix Native plugin

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Live Ready Sounds A Typ 2×12 Speaker Cabinet Impulse Response Set

Have Guitar tests out impulse response files for the Kemper Profiling Amp. This is the first time I have explored the possibilities of replacing the cab of a Kemper profile with a 3rd party impulse response file. It’s close to reamping as the cab really affects the sound you will get out, giving you a plethora of options that you can apply and change after the guitar is recorded.

In this video I’m testing Live Ready Sounds A typ 2×12 Speaker Cabinet Impulse Response Set, applying these IR:s on profiles from Live Ready Sounds (Triple Rectified EL34 profile pack). You will get sound examples from clean, crunch and high gain sounds, all lined/recorded directly into Reaper for the best audio quality.

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Guitars used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)

Live Ready Sounds Kemper profiles and Impulse Responses

Kemper Rig Showcase: Live Ready Sounds Triple Rectified EL34

Kemper official website

Ignite Amps Nadir

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Test / Review: Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro

Have Guitar presents a rumbling review of the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV pro base! It’s rolling, it’s discharging – it’s a great instrument!

Watch this review for sound examples and my opinion of the Epihone Thunderbird – the instrument that changed my view on Epiphone as a brand.

Epiphone webpage

Live Ready Profiles Traced Bass ELL Starter pack

Guidorist Aswete

Kemper amps

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Guitars used in this video:
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro

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DiMarzio Norton vs Seymour Duncan JB – pickup shoot out!

Have Guitar is excited to present a pickup shoot-out: the DiMarzio Norton vs Seymour Duncan JB! As I’ve seen some on-line discussions about these two pickups I just thought it could be interesting make a comparing video now that I just happens to temporarily have a guitar with a DiMarzio Norton in the studio. Gotta grab the opportunity when it knocks…

The DiMarzio is described as a pickup designed to “extend the tonal range and power without going over the top”. It has an Alnico 5 magnet and is rated by DiMarzio with treble 5.0, Mid 7.0 and bass 6.5. The Seymour Duncan JB is described as being able to handle any genre from blues to thrash with a hot output. It has an Alnico 5 magnet is rated as treble 7.5, mid 5-6 and bass 4-5 (roughly estimated by me as there are only staples at Seymour Duncans web page!).

In this video I will compare the two pickups through five different Kemper profiles, from log gain to very high gain rigs. And if you don’t wanna hear me talking here’s an index that you can use to jump between the actual playing:

01:49 – Fender SuperRev Clean (low gain)
03:44 – Fuchs Blackjack 21 MKII (crunch)
04:59 – Wizard (Mid-gain)
06:33 – Marshall JVM410 (High gain)
08:39 – Peavey 5150 (High gain)

Guitars used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB / ’59)
ESP Eclipse (DiMarzio Norton / Air Norton)

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Kemper profiles used in this video:
The Fender SuperRev Clean profile can be found on Rig Exchange.

ReampZones Fuchs Blackjack 21 MKII

Pete’s Profiles Wizard

ReampZones Marshall JVM410

Mbritts 5150 pack

Kemper Amps

Seymour Duncan JB

DiMarzio Norton