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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New Spring Reverb FX in the Kemper Profiling Amp (Beta preview)

New Spring Reverb FX in the Kemper Profiling Amp

Yup, that’s right if anyone missed the news… that isn’t that new really. But here’s me trying out the new Spring Reverb effect in the Kemper, based on the Fender Reverb Tank from 1963. And I must say it sounds great!

Should point out that this is a beta, a preview – I forgot to mention that in the video. So this is Profiler Operating System 5.6.2 Spring Reverb Preview that requires Rig Manager’s 2.1.25 revision. Beta’s are installed at your own perill…

Another interesting thing is that you can place this reverb anywhere in the FX chain; put it infront of the amp for a gritty, distorted sound or place it behind the amp for a clean stereo reverb.

And if you read this far – don’t miss out on the Mattfig Giveaway, I have three packs of Mattfig’s Trust Pack (four different packs of Kemper profiles) to giveaway. Today (28/6-2018) is the last day to join so if you wanna get a chance to win some free commercial profiles check out the link to that video below.

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
ToneJunkie 65 Lowman Kemper profile pack
Kemper Profiling Amp

Win Mattfig’s Trust Pack

ToneJunkie webstore

Video mentioned in this video, Kemper live stream

Kemper official website

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Modded 78 JMP by Tone Junkie / Profilecrate.com (Kemper profiles demo)

Modded 78 JMP by Tone Junkie / Profilecrate.com (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

Tone Junkie continues to impress with another Free Kemper profiles pack and this month it’s the Modded 78 JMP. Marshall of course and 100 watts of sweet tones awaits you if you sign up for this great service from Tone Junkie.

Equipment used in this video:
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)

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Sign up for Profilecrate/Free Kemper profiles

Tone Junkie website

Kemper official website

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Card Scrambler by Tone Junkie(Kemper profiles demo)

Card Scrambler by Tone Junkie(Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

Here’s one of the recent additions from Tone Junkie – the Card Scrambler Kemper profiles pack! It’s one of those packs that had me scratching my head as the description really doesn’t give away from which amplifier these profiles has been derived… but it is from a rare amp manufacturer called Carr amps and the “real name” is Carr Rambler.

Tone Junkie describes this pack as a “boutique favotite” and “classic deluxe tone delivering rich 3d swirling clean tones with top end clarity” and I think I gotta say that shines through in these profiles. Speaking of profiles, this pack contains 21 beautiful Kemper profiles – lovely tones indeed!

The Carr Rambler is one of Carr’s first models and apparently still a top seller. I must say I hadn’t even heard about them before – probably hard to find in Sweden, is my guess! Well, if you wanna read more about this amp there’s a link to’em included below!

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
TTone Klon Centaur Horsie
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone Junkie Card Scrambler

Carr Rambler amp

 

Kemper Profiling Amp

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M5 Pack by Tone Junkie (Kemper profiles demo)

M5 Pack by Tone Junkie (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

Here’s a Rig Showcase for you – the new M5 Pack from Tone Junkie. No less than 37 amazing profiles for your Kemper Profiling Amp and wait for it… this pack is currently available for free! Yeah, you read that right – just sign up to Tone Junkies subscription service at profilecrate.com and you could have a free pack of profiles every month! The M5 Pack is free for the reminder of April, so just go there and sign up now!

So, 37 Kemper profiles from a Mesa Boogie Mark V – here we’re talkning more heavy stuff than what I’ve seen from Tone Junkie before! This batch of profiles has a nice spread in tonal variation and the gain levels goes from relly low to gain enough for both you and your mother.

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Equipment used in this video:
Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Tone Junkie website

Profilecrate

Mesa Boogie Mark V

Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff

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Kemper Profiling Amp

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Tone Junkie Everything Pack – Giveaway Winners!

Tone Junkie Everything Pack – Giveaway Winners!

Time to let the fez do the talkin’! Yes, this is the video where I draw the winners of the Tone Junkie Everything Pack giveaway – five lucky winners will get all the great Kemper profile packs from Tone Junkie!

So, as I have proclaimed in the video – watch this video and contact me if I don’t already have your email – if so you will have 10 days to get in touch, if you haven’t done that within those 10 days the prize will go to someone else. I hope people doesn’t find that too harsh but my opinion is that if you really want to win the least you can to is to watch the draw, right?

A very Big Thanks to Tone Junkie for letting me do this giveaway! Tone Junkie has some of the best clean and low gain Kemper profiles around and if that’s what you’re looking for I wholeheartedly recommend you to check them out.

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Equipment used in this video:
The Fez

Tone Junkie website

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.

JM Overdrive 100 by Tone Junkie (Kemper profiles demo)

JM Overdrive 100 by Tone Junkie (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

A new Kemper profile pack from Tone Junkie – JM Overdrive 100 – and yes, that is the expensive PRS JMOD 100 John Mayer signature amp! Well, with profiles from a rare amp like that, this was a profile pack I just had to try out. And while I will never ever afford to buy one of those amplifiers, I can now stand proud and say “I tried them profiles from Tone Junkie… and they were good”.

So the JMOD 100 is not a higain dragon but of course it has some sounds that are driven enough. The original amp is hand-built, single channel with a switchable gain stage and an effects loop. This amplifier packs 100 watts and comes equipped with 6L6 power tubes. The profiles of course reflects the sound quality of this unique amp, they are very organic and at the same time delivers a tight punch. Listen to Have Guitars video and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Tone Junkie’s JM Overdrive 100 Kemper profile pack
Kemper Profiling Amp

PRS JMOD 100 amplifier

Tone Junkie – JM Overdrive 100 Kemper profile pack

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

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.

Everything Pack by Tone Junkie – Giveaway from Have Guitar!

Everything Pack by Tone Junkie
Giveaway from Have Guitar!

Have Guitar is very happy to offer You a chance of winning the Everything Pack from Tone Junkie! That’s right, every Kemper profile pack from Tone Junkie is included in this mega pack: Tone Junkie Pack #1, Tone Junkie Pack #2, Pack #3, Bend Sun Pack, 65 Lowman Pack and 65 Princess Pack, Dual Pack, Beauty Pack, Dual Pack #2, Match 30/15 and Match C30, The all new JM Overdrive 100 Pack. Who wouldn’t wanna win that for free?!

So, this is how you enter the giveaway:
* Subscribe to Have Guitar
* Write in the comments to this video that you wanna win this pack or…
* Send a mail to admin (at) haveguitar.com that you wanna win this pack

…and you’re in! The giveaway is open ’til 28th of Febuary 2018, then I will randomly pick Five Winners who’ll get the Everything Pack from Tone Junkie.

A huge Thanks to Tone Junkie for letting me throw this giveaway, you rock!

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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)
Schecter Custom E-1 Special Edition VSB (Schecter USA Sunset Strip/Schecter USA Pasadena)
Kmeper Profiling Amp

Tone Junkie webshop

Win SinMix Diamond pack (open til 17th of Febuary 2018)

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.