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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6SOS by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo)

6SOS by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig showcase by Have guitar

So here’s a demo of the 6SOS Kemper profile pack from TMS Profiles – and yup, that is of course based on a Peavey 6505 amplifier. And yes again, this is a brute made for harder side of the force. Still it’s a brute made affordable, you can get the 120 watt head for under 1000 euros – and in tube amp territory that ain’t that expensive!

This profile pack comes loaded with 77 studio profiles and 7 direct profiles, profiled using seven different cab’s and some even boosted with TS808 or MXR Badass OD. Variety and brute force joined together, but it’s not all metal… there some cleaner sounds to be found within TMS Profiles pack as well. Anyways, have a look at the video to hear them with you own two ears.

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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)
Ibanez DTT700 (DiMarzio D Activator-X)
Kemper Profiling Amp
Cry Baby Wylde wha-pedal

6SOS at TMS Profiles

Peavey website

Backing tracks in this video from

Kemper official website

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MK3 by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo)

MK3 by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar!

Looking for a big pack of profiles based on a Mesa Boogie MK3 Blue Stripe? Well, here is something for you then… It’s a brand new profile pack from TMS Profiles, 88 Kemper profiles going from clean to high gain – all the variety you could ask for really!

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Les Paul ’76
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
EHX Soul Food
Kmeper Profiling Amp

TMS Profiles webshop

Mesa Boogie amps

User review of MK3 @ Audiozine

Win SinMix Diamond pack

Support Have Guitar on Patreon and win stuff

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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.

SL5 by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo) – Get this pack for free!

SL5 by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo) – Get this pack for free!
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

So, time for a “Bonus” Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar! And this is a special edition – TMS Profiles has been so very kind and has allowed me to give away this profile pack to all new subscribers, to help boost the number of subscribers, now when Youtube has sharpened the terms for their partnership program (I need 1000 sub’s to stay in!)

The SL5 pack is based on a Marshall SL5 5 watts amplifier, designed by Marshall and Slash to bring out the AFD sound in a small amp and here’s the result – really nice if you ask me!

This pack contains 7 direct and 63 studio profiles for your Kemper and as said – it can be yours for Free!!! Just subscribe to Have Guitar and PM me here on Youtube or send a mail to admin (at) haveguitar.com with your email adress and the pack is yours! A very Big Thanks to TMS Profiles for this!

Equipment used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Gibson Les Paul ’76
Kemper Profiling Amp
Suhr Riot

TMS Profiles website

Live Ready Sounds IRs

Marshall amplification

Marshall SL5 review at Music Radar

Kemper official website

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Marshall 30th Anniversary pack by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo)

Marshall 30th Anniversary pack by TMS Profiles (Kemper profiles demo) – Kemper Rig Showcase

The first video out for 2018 is a new episode of the Kemper Rig Showcase. I’ll be testing out the Marshall 30th Anniversary 6100 pack from TMS Profiles – glad to be able to say (for once) that I have actually owned the real amplifier from which these profiles are created. This pack will provide you with 90 studio profiles and 10 direct profiles, from clean to quite high gain so there’s are plenty of Kemper profiles to chose from.

When I had the real deal I never really managed to get the 6100 to sound as good as these profiles and with some hindsight I think it was me at that time being the problem, not the amp… because it is obvious that this Marshall amp embodies what Marshall is all about.

According to Marshall themselfes the 6100 should be able to sound like a Super Lead, JTM45, JCM 800, JCM 900 or just a high gain Marshall! Anyways this is a pack that gives an excellent snapshot of what this amp can do.

Don’t forget there’s a free sample pack available, it contains six free Kemper profiles of the Marshall 6100 for your enjoyment.

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Equipment 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)
Kemper Profiling Amp
Suhr Riot
EHX Soul Food

Have Guitar! Giveaway video

TMS Profiles

THE HISTORY OF: 30TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES

A great demo of the real deal from Johan Segeborn

Kemper official website

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