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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is constructed from solid mahogany, cut using the superior "quarter sawn" orientation for improved strength and resonance. Neck Species
Neck Profile
The neck on the Explorer Vampire Moon JuJu is carved to a super-fast slim profile for a smooth playing feel in the hand and superb speed up and down the board. Neck Profile
Tonal Characteristics
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. Neck Joint
Headstock Angle
The Explorer Vampire Moon JuJu headstock is carefully angled at 14 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots.
Truss Rod
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. Truss Rod
The Gibson logo — one of the most globally recognized logos of all time — is inlaid in red acrylic across the top of the guitar's headstock. Logo
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
Joint Angle
1.00° (+/- 15 seconds)
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The neck of the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon carries a North American rosewood fingerboard. Fingerboard Species
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, all dressed for a smooth and precise playing feel. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
North American rosewood fingerboards give the guitar a warm rich sound with great resonance and volume.
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon fingerboard carries red acrylic "blood drop" position-marker inlays, driving the evil styling of this dark instrument right into the vein. Inlays
Nut Material
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon has a black locking nut made from steel. Nut Width
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is approximately 1 11/16", the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars.
The 12-inch radius of the Explorer Vampire Blood Moon fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.