If you’re one of those people who think the latest financial reports portend the imminent end of Gibson (we don’t), then for you the new Gibson Lzzy Hale Signature Dark Explorer might be one of the last signature model guitars from the company. And what a way to go out that would be, with a monster of a guitar like this.
Featuring a pair of 57 Classic pickups and finished in nitrocellulose black finish with gold pickguard and hardware, the Lzzy Hale Dark Explorer looks pretty badass. To be fair, I think Explorers look pretty amazing anyway and this colour scheme just suits the guitar perfectly to my eye.
The guitar has the 24.75″ scale length we all associate with a Gibson, the 22 medium frets are cryogenically treated and fitted to a Richlite fretboard with Mother Of Pearl block inlays. It also has a set of gold Locking Mini Grovers with black buttons which should be perfect for keeping the tuning rock solid.
The body and neck are all mahogany, so expect a good solid rock tone from this guitar. It looks on paper to be perfectly suited for this type of music. I have no idea who Lzzy Hale is myself, but it looks like she and Gibson may have come up with a great guitar, and I think the price is reasonable for a signature model. Her band Halestorm aren’t on my radar and so I may need to go check them out now, as her taste in guitars is pretty spot on.
Hopefully, Gibson will sort out their financial woes and get a new lease of life, so we can get more guitars like this one.
RRP USD 2299
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