2013 Gibson Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe" Explorer

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Bill Kelliher's (Mastodon) signature model Explorer! This is one of the coolest limited edition Explorers and it's in wonderful shape with only a small finish crack/indentation on the arm rest. A small amount of oxidization is occurring on the gold hardware, which is to be expected after 11 years time.

Cutting to the chase- this guitar is all about the gold! It features a beautiful gold burst on mahogany, leaving some grain showing at the edges for an eye-catching effect. The neck is a 60's Gibson profile (not too deep, not too wide) which offers easy playing at every fret. What makes this guitar different from your standard Explorer? For starters you have the Lace Sensor Hemi-Nitro pickups- a ferocious pickup that can kerrang with the best of'em, but also features a coil-tapping option for stoic clean tones. They sound equally at home with fat, jazzy cleans, searing pinchies, and everything in-between. The pickup selector is moved to the rear of the guitar to keep it out of your strumming path, and a simple single volume/tone control layout keeps your sound tidy.

As for any other things worth noting about its condition, the pickups show a slight amount of patina and a small pin-size white mark can be seen on the neck. The rest is relatively unnoticeable swirling in the finish- little to no fret wear to be seen. Overall we'd give this guitar a 9/10!

If you have any questions about this guitar, feel free to call us at the shop or shoot us a message on Reverb or on our website! 


Year: 2013

Brand: Gibson

Model: Bill Kelliher "Golden Axe" Explorer

Weight: 8.1 lbs

Case: OHSC



  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Body Shape: Explorer
  • Body Style: Solid Body
  • Color: Gold Burst
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Pickguard: Vintage White



  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: 60s Gibson
  • Neck Joint: Set Neck
  • Neck Finish: Black Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 1.722"
  • Scale: 24.75"
  • Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22
  • 1st Fret Neck Depth: 0.805"
  • 12th Fret Neck Depth: 0.864"
  • Fretboard Inlays: Block
  • Action: 0.09" on bass and 0.08" on treble
  • Strings: 10-46



  • Pickups: 2 x LACE Nitro-Hemi Humbuckers
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, 3 Way Selector



  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Gold Tune-O-Matic with Stoptail 
  • Tuners: Gold Grovers
  • Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
Very Good
Basses/Acoustic Guitars