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*RARE* Gibson Bill Kelliher Signature "Golden Axe" Explorer Electric Guitar w/Hardcase 49/400

*RARE* Gibson Bill Kelliher Signature "Golden Axe" Explorer Electric Guitar w/Hardcase 49/400



Serial Number: 112031349


When your tone’s as massive as that of Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher, you need a guitar with equally mammoth power. For both looks and sound, the iconic Gibson Explorer is a perfect fit: this radically angled electric was light-years ahead of its time when it was introduced in 1958, and it’s still the first choice of many of the world’s fiercest rockers. 

The now-discontinued 2013 Bill Kelliher “Golden Axe” Explorer from Gibson USA brews select tonewoods into a timelessly revolutionary body style. With powerful LACE™ Nitro Hemi® humbucking pickups and classic hardware, this is a guitar befitting Kelliher’s status in the world of metal. Trapezoid fingerboard inlays, gold-plated hardware, a hot-stamped Golden Axe truss-rod cover, cream pickguard with hot-stamped Mastodon logo, and Bill’s choice of Go-Gold Burst finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer complete this stunning package. 

The Gibson Bill Kelliher Signature "Golden Axe" Explorer features a set of super-heavy appointments, including a solid mahogany body and neck and a gorgeous gold burst finish. Designed to Kelliher's exact specifications which includes his custom neck shape measuring 0.800" at the 1st fret and 0.850" at the 12th giving you a more than comfortable slim Explorer profile. The Mastadon logo on the pickguard and Go-Gold burst finish was chosen by Bill himself. The two LACE Nitro Hemi humbuckers are great for high-gain metal tones. The pickups are equipped for coil-splitting, so you can take advantage of the versatile crisp and powerful tonal options.

You cannot say no to such a wonderful instrument! Now discontinued, there is only a short supply in circulation and this is one of the first produced out of a 400-item limited edition run so make sure you snap this up pronto before you miss out! Excellent condition, minor ding in the base of the guitar but is purely cosmetic. Comes with a Gibson USA hardcase. 


  • Go-Gold Burst Nitrocellulose Finish
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • 60's Slim Explorer Neck Profile
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo Frets
  • Trapezoid Position Inlays
  • Tune-o-Matic Bridge
  • Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Grover Mini Locking Tuners
  • Dual LACE Nitro Hemi Humbuckers
  • 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-Way Pickup Selector
  • Push/Pull Coil Tapping with Volume and Tone Controls
  • Gold Hardware
  • Comes in a Gibson USA hardcase
All our guitars have a Gold Service before we allow them to leave!!

A new set of strings if needed.

String height, truss rod and intonation adjusted.

Polished frets.

Lemon oiled fingerboard (If applicable).

Electrics checked and serviced.

A final polish of the guitar before delivery.

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