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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Too Stone Bloom by ToneJunkie (Kemper profiles demo)

Too Stone Bloom by ToneJunkie (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

Here we go – it’s a rig showcase of ToneJunkies excellent Too Stone Bloom Kemper profile pack! It took a little while for me to figure out what amp was behind that name and that might not have been so strange as I hadn’t heard about Two Rock amplifiers before! The amp model is the Bloomfield Drive which is a 2 channel amp with cascading gain style. If you wan’t more details about the amp itself, there is a direct link below…

ToneJunkie describe this pack as “This circuit feels like a Super meets a Dumble or like a tricked out CRS” and I’d say that is pretty spot on! The pack contains 21 Kemper profiles with gain ranging from 2 to 7. No, metal style found here but there is gain enough for other styles. The profiles are really warm and responsive to your pick attack and I had great time trying them out.

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Les Paul Standard 2006 (Burstbucker Pro)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Electro Harmonix Soul Food
MXR Zakk Wylde wha
Kemper Profiling Amp

Too Stone Bloom Kemper profiles – ToneJunkie

ELectro Harmonix website

Two Rock Bloomfield Drive

Kemper official website

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Solo Rec Kemper profile pack by ToneJunkie (Kemper profiles demo)

Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

Well, here is the August 2018 Kemper profile pack from Profilecrate; the Solo Rec pack! Profilecrate is a service provided by ToneJunkie – just sign up with your email adress and you will get a free Kemper profile pack every month! Easy as pie and why not join when it’s free?!

The Solo Rec recreates the sound of a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier 50. I think most of you know what to expect from an amp like this… it’s not like Mesa Boogie is an obscure brand that no-one knows abot, right? This goes from quite nice clean tone all the way up screaming gain!

This pack comes with 18 profiles so if you are not signed up to Profilecrate it is high time to do it now! As said this is the August 2018 pack, so after the 31:th of August this pack is no longer free.

Equipment used:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Zakk Wylde Wha
Kemper Profiling Amp

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Profilecrate webpage

ToneJunkie Store

MB Single Rectifier amplifier

Kemper Amps

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Fried Taco 20 Pack by ToneJunkie (Kemper profiles demo)

Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

OK, so obviously I have fallen back on the free profile packs from Profilecrate (provided by ToneJunkie) and now I’m trying to catch up! The Fried Taco 20 pack is actually the free Kemper profile pack of July 2018 and should be buyable from profilecrate.com for around $10… (as I’m writing it’s not listed there).

So first of all for you who don’t know about Profilecrate; it’s a service from ToneJunkie – you just sign up with your email adress and every month they release a Kemper profile pack that you can download for free, provided you download it before the month ends. That’s it and to me it’s a no-brainer to sign up for such a good deal!

The Fried Taco 20 pack recreates the tone of a Friedman Pink Taco. This amp is “the baby sister” of the BE-100, according to Friedmans description of this amplifier. A hand-wired 20 watt and EL84 powered amp that can do anything from blues to heavy metal. These profiles proves the versatility of the amp with a rich tone and quite wide sound spectrum.

Equipment used:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

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Profilecrate webpage

ToneJunkie Store

Friedman Pink Taco amplifier

Kemper Amps

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ACE 15HW by ToneJunkie (Kemper profiles demo)

ACE 15HW by ToneJunkie (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

Welcome to yet another Rig Showcase from Have Guitar! I’m happy to bring you a demo of a fine Kemper profile pack from Tone Junkie – ACE 15HW.

This pack trying to recreate the sound from a VOX AC15 amplifier (kill me if I’m wrong on that!) and this pack gives you 44 Studio profiles for your KPA. As I say in the video, ToneJunkie seems to deliver every time… and this is no exception as I hope to prove with this demo video. Don’t expect metal but there are some gain to be had together with a sweet tone and very good variation throughout the profiles.

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

ACE 15HW at ToneJunkie

VOX amplifiers

Kemper official website

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65 Lowman Amp Pack by Tone Junkie (Kemper profiles demo)

65 Lowman Amp Pack by Tone Junkie (Kemper profiles demo)
Kemper Rig Showcase from Have Guitar!

Have Guitar’s proud to present a Kemper Rig Showcase featuring Tone Junkie’s 65 Lowman Amp Pack. It’s a first time for me, trying out Kemper profiles from Tone Junkie but it will certainly not be the last time! These profiles are taken from a Fender Bassman from 1965 equipped with NOS RCS tubes and in this pack you will get 36 studio profiles ranging from clean to quite high gain.

The Lowman pack might not be for metal but there some sweet high gain sound to be had here. Then you have those lovely just-about-to-breakup tones… I’d say this pack has the sounds you need for styles like rock, blues, hard/classic rock and so on. I had a great time recording this Rig Showcase and I hope you’ll understand why when you hear the demos in this video.

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Equipment used in this video:
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson Les Paul ’76
Kemper Profiling Amp
Electro Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff

Tone Junkie website

SL5 by TMS Profiles showcase/giveaway

Fender Bassman History

Fender Bassman Wikipedia

Want a free full SL5 profile pack from TMS Profiles

Win a Black Rat Distortion pedal in Have Guitars giveaway

A chance to win a full single-amp profile pack from Mattfig

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.