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.

Index:
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 –

ToneJunkie

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

Live Ready Sound

BM Profiles

Mbritt Profiles

SinMix Profiles

Guidorist

Kemper official website

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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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Community Pack by SinMix (Kemper profiles demo)

Community Pack by SinMix (Kemper profiles demo)
Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

Back with a new Rig Showcase, let’s introduce the free community pack by SinMix! So this is the deal, as long as you’ve bought at least one pack from SinMix you can join the SinMix Official Kemper Profiles Group and once joined you can just download this pack from that Facebook group. Link is provided further down.

I know some people don’t wanna join Facebook for various reasons but you could just create an account to get this pack and then never touch FB again. It is up to you…

In this pack you will find 39 Kemper profiles – most of them but not all are high gain stuff, think hard rock to metal and you are spot on! It’s a bunch of different amps and cabs – all good quality profiles and I do think these are not included in any of the commercial packs.

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Ibanez DTT700 (DiMarzio D Activator-X)
Kemper Profiling Amp

SinMix website

SinMix Official Kemper Profiles Group

Kemper Profling Amp

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SinMix 2JpC Kemper Pack by SinMix (Kemper profiles demo)

SinMix 2JpC Kemper Pack by SinMix (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig showcase by Have guitar

One of the latest Kemper profile packs from SinMix – the 2JpC Kemper pack. Recreates the sound of a Mesa Boogie JP-2C – think John Petrucci and Dream Theater and you’re absolutely right! I was almost surprised over the brutalness of these profiles but hey, it’s SinMix – right! So, made for metal for sure – I don’t there is any doubts when it comes to this profile pack!

A sidenote: in one of the backing tracks the info lists the Wylde wha pedal as being used, and it was… just not in the part that I chose to include in the video.

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Equipment used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Ibanez DTT700 (DiMarzio D Activator-X)
Kemper Profiling Amp

2JpC Kemper profile pack

Mesa Boogie JP-2C amplifier

MB JP-2C review @ Guitarplayer

Kemper official website

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Diamond Pack by SinMix – Giveaway Winners!

Diamond Pack by SinMix – Giveaway Winners!

And the day has come! Here is the result from the giveaway of the SinMix Diamond Pack! I will contact all the winner or you can also contact me – I need an email adress to be able to send the Kemper profile pack to you!

Congrats to the winners, I hope you will enjoy this fine pack from SinMix! And of course a Very Big Thanks to SinMix for letting me do this giveaway – so appreciated!

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Win Tone Junkies Everything Pack (open ’til 28h of Febuary 2018)

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Diamond pack by SinMix – giveaway ends today

Yup, that’s right! Time flies when you’re having fun… today’s the last chance to sign up in the giveaway of five complete packs of SinMix Diamond pack – some good sounding Kemper profiles taken from a Laboga Diamond amplifier.

So, just a reminder – sign up if you haven’t already!

Diamond amp pack by SinMix (Kemper profiles demo)

Diamond amp pack by SinMix (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar!

Double happiness is doing a Rig Showcase of a great pack and having the opportunity to raffle the full pack to five lucky subscribers! This is SinMix Diamond Amp Pack, 4 Direct and 22 Studio profiles for your Kemper. The variety of these profiles cover rock to metal and recreates the sound of a Laboga Diamond amplifier.

So, why wouldn’t you wanna join in on this giveaway? Beats me. So, either write in the comments of the video that you wanna win this fine profile pack from SinMix or send an email to admin (at) haveguitar.com and you could be one of five felicitous winners who recieves the full Diamond Amp Pack for free! Cred’s to SinMix for letting me do this giveaway, Thanks!

This giveaway is open to the 17th of Febuary 2018 (Swedish time).

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Gibson Les Paul ’76
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)
Kmeper Profiling Amp

SinMix Diamond Pack

Laboga Amps 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.

Rig Showcase: SinMix SplanPM Pack

Have Guitar is very pleased to present the first Kemper Rig Showcase based on a pack from SinMix: SplanPM Pack! A sweet bunch of Kemper profiles based on a Splawn Pro Mod amplifier – 51 profiles so heavy it should be a crime not get this rig pack. I’m pretty sure SinMix aims this pack for metal players, but hey there’s more to it than metal if I can have my say. Just listen (and feel free to watch it at the same time) to the examples in this video… some really nice sounds right there!

This pack will be tested with the following guitars: Fender American Standard Stratocaster (HSS, with a Shawbucker), Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (with Fender Texas Specials) and the ESP Phoenix II. You’ll get both lined and live in the room examples and some recordings over backing tracks to present how these Sinmix profiles sounds in the mix.

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SinMix SplanPM Pack

Splawn Amplification

Kemper Amps

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