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The body of each Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is crafted from solid swamp ash, a light, resonant timber long revered for its outstanding tonal properties and admirably light weight.
Swamp ash is a light wood with a variable density, a broad and distinctive grain, and a porosity that inspires a rich, balanced resonance. It is known for its solid low end, sweet highs, and muscular midrange, all of which make it a superb tonewood when used in the body of an electric guitar.
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon follows the classic lines of the original Gibson Explorer, introduced as part of the Modernistic Series in 1958.
The average weight of a raw Explorer Vampire Blood Moon body is 3.90 lbs.
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon carries a Juju mixing black satin with subtle highlights of red grain filler visible.
The guitar wears a thin grain-textured satin finish that beautifully shows off the swamp ash grain right through the lacquer, and yields a fast, comfortable playing feel on the neck back, too.
The Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is hand-finished in nitrocellulose lacquer in a process that is carefully monitored to ensure minimum build-up. First, black paint is applied then a red grain filler is applied to the entire guitar, leaving subtle highlights in portions of the swamp ash's dramatic grain. Finally, a flattening agent is used to reduce sheen and render a satin finish.