日曜日, 6月 13, 2004

Careful with that axe, Eugene (part V)



i’ve been a metallica fan since i was 16. the great james hetfield was my idol, as i could never emulate kirk hammett even if my life depended on it. hence the choice of an explorer. as i was also in the market for a genuine all-american guitar, a gibson would do very nicely. i did think of getting an esp explorer, but they are made in japan and had a bolt-on neck. they also costed more than the gibson [note: esp has since stopped production of the explorer series after gibson brought them to court over the identical guitar design]. i opted for a cherry finish as i already owned two black guitars, an unusual colour for an explorer (dave grohl uses one :P).

it was 1999 when i bought this nitrocellulose-lacquered beauty. it has a mahogany body and its weight may break your back! the guitar is best played slung really low, and not only its looks rock, but its sound too. i did think of hotrodding the pickups with emg 81’s, but it’d be overkill. the pickups are already of the high output ceramic types, and its loud enough. i didn’t get to gig with the explorer until 3 years later at newcastle and the pria mambo 2 in sheffield.