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.

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:

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

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:

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

Harley Benton guitars can be found here

Kemper official website

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HG-6 Distortion Pedal from NUX (stomp box demo) by Have Guitar!

HG-6 Distortion Pedal from NUX (stomp box demo) by Have Guitar!
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Looking for a cheap distortion stomp box? Well, maybe you should just turn your head in another direction then. No, I got some descent sounds out from this NUX HG-6 distortion pedal but it sure did not go well with the Kemper.

And the HG-6 is cheap, I got it for around 20 Euros (24.6 USD) from China and be sure not to pay a penny more than that! It has some features that sounds promising like true bybass, analogue circuits and Tube simulation… and as said, it is not completely useless unless you have a Kemper – in that case I would rather recommend you to use the Kempers internal effects. but anyways, it’s red and you might have a chance of winning this pedal in the future so look out!

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
NUX HG-6 Distortion High Gain
Boss Katana 100w
Kemper Profiling Amp


Live Ready Sound

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Boss Katana

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 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

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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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Test/Review: Studio lights kit (Three-point lighting)

Have Guitar is luminously presenting a short review of this studio lights kit that just arrived! No more dark videos, no more looming shadows – all problems solved? Sure seems so!

This is a ‘generic’ set of studio lights bought from a swedish webshop called “vidaXl” but I’m pretty sure you could get a kit like this from eBay or any other retailer – thus calling it generic. I think and hope this could be a guide for anyone looking for a solution like this… I’ve had a bunch of suggestions but all have been pretty expensive. Not saying those wouldn’t be worth it but I just didn’t feel flushing out more money on equipment right now.

So the kit contains three LED-lights (5500 Kelvin, daylight level) together with stands, umbrellas and power supplys. With that you can easily set up a three point lighting for video recording or photography, reducing shadows etc. It’s no pro-equipment but it is working and it’s affordable.

I’ve also thrown in a couple of tricks for video editing. I’m using Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14 but these tips should be usable in any video editing software. This is about adjusting the white balance and the color correction in the video to improve the output so I hope someone will have some use of this.

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The studo lights kit was bought here

More info on three-point lighting

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Review / Test: Boss DB-30 Dr. Beat Metronome

Have Guitar takes a look at Boss DB-30 Dr. Beat metronome! Yes, we know… this is not a brand new product, it’s been out for quite a few years but hey, as I got one you’ll get the video!

So. It’s… a metronome. The Boss DB-30 keeps the tempo for you in 30 – 250 BPM’s and to that you can add a bunch of different rhytms and/or time signature. Yeah. So it’s a metronome. But if you are interested in this unit I hope this provides the info you need about its functionality.

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Boss DB-30

Thomanns website

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Test/review: Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S.

Have Guitar proudly presents a review video of the Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S. – a guitar you won’t find every day as it’s a limited edition model. Now matter if you like Ace Frehley or not this is one fine Les Paul Custom, there is no doubt about that. The Budokan Les Paul Custom V.O.S. was manufactured in a stricly limited edition of 50 hand-aged (reliced) and signed by Ace Frehley, 100 hand-aged/reliced and 150 guitars treated in Gibson Customs VOS process (Vintage Original Specification).

According to Gibson “the Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom is a painstaking recreation of Frehley’s modified Les Paul Custom, based on intimate examination of the instrument’s current condition.” Well, I can tell you with that Dimarzio Super Distortion pickup you will get that sound that you can hear in the live videos from the mid seventies when KISS performs live.

In this video Have Guitar will showcase the Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S. in 4K video and of course there will be sound examples both live in the room as well as lined recordings. Something that I personally really like about this Les Paul is that it’s a real signature model, in that aspect that it’s an authentic replica of a vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom. It’s not like “the 300” signature model that was released in 1997, that had Ace Frehley’s makeup on the headstock – sure they are also a limited run and probably highly collectable but it’s not a guitar that is historically correct in that aspect. The Budokan Les Paul is much more the real deal according to me and whilst this is not my guitar I can tell ya – I would love to own one…

And that’s it! I hope you like the showcase of this Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S. – a very big thanks to Klas, who was so generous as to lend me this rare Les Paul – that is very much appriciated!!! I never thought I would even get close to one of these but thanks to him I did… so if you liked the video, there’s more where that came from!

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More information on the Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S

Profiles used in this video comes from:


Pete’s Profiles



Harley Benton Tele with Fender Texas Specials

So, here’s a crazy Have Guitar! video for you: a 160 dollar guitar with a set of 200 dollar Fender singlecoil pickups. Yes, it’s a Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley Telecaster model, Thomanns own house brand, on which I have switched the original pickups (Wilkinson) to Fender Texas Specials. In this video I’ll show you how I did it and of course you will get a side by side sound comparision of the pickups, using Kemper profiles ranging from clean to full high gain. So was it worth it? Bah, you gotta watch the video to find out, but have a look at the index below if you just wanna skip to the sound examples! But I can tell you that these Fender Texas Specials have a really nice character… Might add that I have changed the strings from Daddario EXL110 to Elixir .010 as I changed the pickups.

Hope you like the video, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe! And don’t forget – Fret Nut… Have Guitar!

My original review of the Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley.

ReampZone Kemper profiles

M Britt Kemper profiles:

Harley Benton TE-70 at Thomann

Seymour Duncan wiring diagrams

Video Index –
05:40 – Clean, Fender SuperRev Clean
06:59 – HiGain, Fat Ed
09:10 – Crunch, Fuchs FH50
11:00 – HiGain, HKTrilogy Ultra 8S

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