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Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer
Body and Finish
Neck and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer is constructed from solid mahogany, cut using the superior "quarter sawn" orientation for improved strength and resonance.
The neck on the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer is carved to a super-fast slim profile for a smooth playing feel in the hand and superb speed up and down the board.
The angled headstock and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit.
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer headstock is carefully angled at 14 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots.
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The Gibson logo — one of the most globally recognized logos of all time — is silkscreened in gold across the top of the guitar's headstock.
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
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Fingerboard and Nut
The neck of the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer carries a Richlite® fingerboard, offering premium playability.
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, all dressed for a smooth and precise playing feel.
Richlite® fingerboards are extremely dense and durable, offering premium playability.
The 12-inch radius of the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer fingerboard carries white-swirl acrylic dot position-marker inlays.
The Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer has a nut made from Corian, a dense synthetic material that offers exceptional resonant properties. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson's PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing.
The width of the nut on the Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Explorer is approximately 1 11/16", the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars.