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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Friedman BE-100 DeLuxe Mod by ReampZone Kemper Profiles Demo/Preview

Friedman BE-100 DeLuxe Mod by ReampZone Kemper Profiles Demo/Preview

As a bonus video, here’s a preview of ReampZone’s upcoming new Kemper profile pack – Friedman BE-100 DeLuxe Mod. This pack will be released today!

Suhr Badger Kemper profiles by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)

Suhr Badger Kemper profiles by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

It’s a new profile pack from ReampZone – Suhr Badger Kemper profiles! This is some serious tones we’re talking about and the pack comes with Direct, Merged and Studio profiles. It’s obviously an amp that comes with its own personality and also a very flexible little badger… well, I’m not gonna try to explain the sound in words, just have a listen to the demos in my video instead!

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)
Gibson Les Paul ’76
Kemper Profiling Amp

ReampZone webshop

Suhr Badger amp

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.

Winners – ReampZone $100 dollar code and t-shirts

Winners – ReampZone $100 dollar code and t-shirts
Competition from Have Guitar!

So, time to draw the winners in Have Guitars first ever competition! Seems to have been a hard nut to crack – these classic riffs – as there were a lot less contenders for this one. Never the less in this video you will get the winners – congrats to you all and thanks all of you taking part of the competition! And of course a big thanks to ReampZone!!

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Equipment used in this video:
FEZ

ReampZone webshop

Support Have Guitar on Patreon and win stuff

 

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.

Freebie Metal Pack by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo) + competition

Freebie Metal Pack by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo) + competition
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

Yay – ReampZone has just released a sweet free sample pack that contains ten Kemper profiles – the Freebie Metal Pack. Let me tell you, this is high quality profiles for your Kemper! As far as I can judge, none of these profiles are bad, actually they all sound bad ass. So, if you don’t have any commercial profiles this is an excellent opportunity to add some great sounding profiles to your Kemper. If you do have commercial profiles it’s still a great opportunity. Yes, mostly aimed for metal but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them for other styles as well.

And guess what? It’s time for a little “competition” here at Have Guitar! Or a give-away… but let’s call it a competition. So, I have a discount code to give away from ReampZone and that code will give You a discount of 100 dollars at ReampZones webshop. Yeah, that is right… it’s worth 100 dollars so you can buy a crap load of profiles from ReampZone. A very Big Thanks for ReampZone for this!

So how do you enter this competition?! It’s easy. In this video I have “hidden” four classic rock riffs/leads, identify at least one of those and send me an email: admin (at) haveguitar.com. Everyone who has identified at least one of those four licks correctly has an equal chance of winning the discount code. Two winners will get a Have Guitar t-shirt as runnerup price but if you do not want one please state that in your email, so I know. This competion is open until the 26th of April 2018, 00:00 CET. Good luck!

Here’s the index of amps/profiles featured in this demo:

02:04 – Soldano SL60
02:41 – Peavey JSX
03:12 – Diezel VH4
03:40 – Mesa DR
04:10 – Randall RD20
04:41 – 5150 Mk3
05:11 – Fryette Sig X
05:40 – Mesa Mk V
06:25 – Marshall JCM 900
06:57 – Peavey 6506

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance, hp, 490r, 498t
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Kemper Profiling Amp

ReampZone website

ReampZones Freebie Metal Pack

Support Have Guitar on Patreon and win stuff

You can support Have Guitar by buying one of my high fashion Tee’s (Amazon only available in the US currently).

Amazon:
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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.

Diezel Einstein 100 Kemper Profiles by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)

Diezel Einstein 100 Kemper Profiles by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)
Rig Showcase by Have Guitar!

Have Guitar is very pleased to be able to bring you a spanking new Rig Showcase where I demo the new Kemper profile pack from ReampZone – the Diezel Einstein 100 profile pack! This is ReampZone’s favourite Diezel amp and the sounds you’ll find here is smokin’!

This ain’t a one trick pony, you’ll find anything from clean sounds up to brutally fat and tight high gain screamers here. Some of the profiles are boost with pedals like the custom Mental overdrive or the Fortin 33. All in all it’s very pleasing to play with and the fun never ends… until you turn off your Kemper.

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Equipment used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Green ST 60s Vintage (Lundgren Vintage 60’s)
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)
Kemper Profiling Amp

ReampZone

Support Have Guitar on Patreon and win stuff

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.

Mesa Boogie Dual Rec REV F by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)

Mesa Boogie Dual Rec REV F by ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

Sorry to nag but please do subscribe to Have Guitar so I can be part of Youtube’s partnership program… The new criteria is a load of viewing hours (which I got) but also 1000 sub’s which I currently do have but it’s uncomfortable close to lower limit. So, on my knees begging here, help me stay over the 1000 subs and there will be free beer. Well, at least if you ever see me in real life, otherwise you will just have to be pleased by the good feeling of helping someone out …and my eteral gratitude.

So, it’s another Kemper Rig Showcase and this time it’s brutal and it’s humongous – it is the Mesa Boogie Dual Rec REV F from ReampZone with a whopping size of 158 direct and studio profiles for your Kemper Profiling Amp!

I’m pretty sure the Mesa Boogie amplifiers doesn’t need an introduction and this profile pack from ReampZone is a monster! It is a wide array of sounds packed into these profiles – if you’re looking for aggressive, hard hitting tones you need look no further! Not that you couldn’t use these profiles for other music but clearly they are designed for metal side… or hard core… or punk… or… nah, you got it, I guess.

Equipment used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)
Live Ready Sound Impulse Response files
Kemper Profiling Amp

ReampZone website

Live Ready Sound website

Mesa Boogie website

Kemper official website

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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.

PRS Archon 100 (Kemper Profiles demo) by ReampZone (Kemper Rig Showcase)

Time for another Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar! This time I’ve had the opportunity to test out a new rig pack from ReampZone – so new it’s actually not released yet, this is a preview of ReampZones PRS Archon 100! Clearly aimed for the hard and heavy side of music and as a bonus some of these profiles has been boosted with fine botique pedal from Fortin (Grind and 33!).

The PRS Archon has two channels, one for overdrive and one for clean – both sound really amazing in these profiles and you can almost feel the 6L6 tubes sweating… those nice pedals I mentioned does not make things worse, I can tell you that for a fact!

English version:

Swedish version (Svensk version):

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Guitars used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)

ReampZones webpage

PRS website

Kemper official website

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100 and edited in Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14.

Big Muff (Green Russian) from Electro Harmonix – Pedal Frenzy!

Time for another episode of Have Guitars Pedal Frenzy – in this video we’ll take a look at Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff! This video is kinda “first impression” for me as I never owned a fuzz pedal before. I’ve had more distortion pedals and over-drives than I care to count but never a fuzz, but I’ve had good GAS for a Big Muff for quite a while… so when I saw the new release of the Green Russian I was so taken by the cool design that decided now is the time. Fuzz time.

EHX Green Russian Big Muff has a very distinct sound that opens a fat flood of fuzzy tones. The new variant is smaller than the original (good for those who uses a pedalboard) and said to have less gain but more bass and also less “fizz”. To that you can add that the pedal has “true bypass”. What’s not to love about that, huh?

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Boss Katana 100w 1×12″
Kemper Profiling Amp
EHX Green Russian Big Muff

Electro Harmonix webpage

Sovtek on Wiki

This video in Swedish (Svensk version)

Profiles from the following profilers:

Live Ready Sound – Traced Bass EL

SinMix – B7k

r.u.serious – Fender SuperRev

BM Kemper Profiles – F-man pack

ReampZone – Dumble ODS

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Marshall JMP Super Lead 1976 by ReampZone (pre-sale preview Kemper profiles demo) – Rig Showcase

Have Guitar is happy to give you a pre-view of a coming pack of Kemper profiles from ReampZone – Marshall JMP Super Lead 1976! Also known as a “Plexi” this is a really classic Marshall amplifier, played by guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix, Ace Frehley and Eddie Van Halen, just to mention a few.

Please note this IS a pre-view of the coming pack from ReampZone, some of the profiles showcased here might or might not be included in the final release but I am pretty sure the pack will contain both Direct as well as Studio profiles.

This video in Swedish (svensk version):

Guitars used:
Schecter E1 Custom Special Edition VSB
Gibson SG Standard High Performance
Fender Amercian Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)

Hope you like both the profile pack and the video – if you do, please do subscribe to support Have Guitar! Thanks for watching my videos and a Big Thanks to all the subscribers – you rock!

ReampZone webpage

Marshall amplifiers

Marshall JMP @ Wiki

Kemper Amps

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