Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon – Review & Test

Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon – Review & Test
A review by Have Guitar!

They mostly come out at night… mostly… So the Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is obviously horror inspired, I guess it’s from all those teenage vampire flings that were so popular some years back. This model came out in 2011 and it was a limited run of 400 Blood Moons. Well, the name and the theme of this Explorer might put you off but the guitar itself is really good, plays well and those active Gibson pickups and sounds good with most styles… clean is no problem, add some gain and it responds well all the way up to brutal metal style sounds.

Allright so the Vampire Blood Moon has some features not so common for a stock Gibson Explorer… like the Gibson GEM active pickups and the Schaller Floyd Rose locking system that stands out. And then, as said, the theme of the guitar. Cough, cough…

So for this review I’ve used a slightly different technique than in my previous review videos. Rather than having me reading out all the specifications of the guitar, I’ve included the spec’s together with closeup clips of the Blood Moon during the sound examples. I really think that creates a better flow in the video and if you wanna read all the spec’s of the guitar take a visit at the link provided further down. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you like this new style!

Also note the sound demos are created playing through a Kemper Profiling Amp, unless otherwise stated it’s lined recordings (Kemper-SPDIF-Focusrite Saffire 6i6-Reaper) but I have included some examples described as “In the room” and that means the sound is recorded by microphones in the room, which pretty much sounds like what I am hearing while recording.

01:43 – ToneJunkie MatchC30 (Matchless amp), clean sound
02:25 – ReampZone Dumble ODS, mid gain
03:03 – TMS Profiles Marshall 6100, mid gain
03:40 – ReampZone Bogner Uberschall Twin Jet, high gain
04:07 – Live Ready Sound Eddied EL34 (5153), mid gain & volume test
06:12 – Blood Moon vs Explorer Tribute 2019 comparison starts
07:20 – BM Profiles F-man Pack (Friedman BE100), mid gain
07:59 – Mbritt Mini Nightmare (Driftwood), high gain
08:51 – Comparison conclusion
10:42 – ReampZone Diezel Einstein, high gain
11:25 – SinMix SplawnPM, high gain
11:57 – Guidorist Pvy JSX 2.0, high gain/backing track

And there we go! I hope you liked my review of the Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon, if you wanna see more and support me feel free to subscribe to Have Guitar! A Big Fat Thanks to all you supporting me through your sub’s!!

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon (Gibson GEM Active Pickups)
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)

Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

Profiles used, ordered in apperance –



TMS Profiles

Live Ready Sound

BM Profiles

Mbritt Profiles

SinMix Profiles


Kemper official website

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And don’t forget – Fret Nut… Have Guitar! Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100 and edited in Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14.

Kemper Rig Showcase: BM Profiles F-Man Pack

Have Guitar presents a new Kemper Rig Showcase – BM Profiles F-man pack! It’s 89 profiles taken from a Friedman BE-100 amplifier, a highly sought after exclusive amp!

Loads of profiles to try out and this pack offers great variety in sounds, from lovely cleans to higain fun-o-rama! Let Have Guitar! give you a run through of some of these profiles with sound examples recorded lined in, just as you will get hear it if you purchase this fantastic profile pack for your Kemper!

02:21 – Clean profiles
05:44 – Crunch/Dist profiles
08:44 – Backing Track 1
10:12 – Side By Side comparasion
13:35 – Saturation profiles
14:30 – Backing Track 2
16:42 – C45 (HiGain) profiles & Backing track 3
20:34 – End words…

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Guitars used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)

BM Kemper profiles

Friedman amplifiers

Kemper official website

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