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Best Explorer Shape Guitars in 2022

Here you'll find the best Explorer shape guitars.

We've found exactly 69 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly

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Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
Playability 83
Sound 78
Build quality 91
Value for money 69
Overall Score 84
  • From Jackson's 2019 Artist Signature series
  • Jeff Loomis Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Ash body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners

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2. Schecter E-1 FR S Special Edition

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Schecter E-1 FR S Special Edition
Playability 80
Sound 85
Build quality 83
Value for money 83
Overall Score 83
  • From Schecter's 2016 Special Edition series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany 3-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Sustainiac (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
  • Retainer bar

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3. Schecter E-1 SLS Elite

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Schecter E-1 SLS Elite
Playability 85
Sound 79
Build quality 81
Value for money 82
Overall Score 82
  • From Schecter's 2018 SLS Elite series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Walnut/Padauk Multi-ply w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners

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4. Schecter E-1 SLS Evil Twin

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Schecter E-1 SLS Evil Twin
Playability 85
Sound 79
Build quality 81
Value for money 82
Overall Score 82
  • From Schecter's 2018 SLS Elite series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Walnut/Padauk Multi-ply w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners

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5. Schecter Balsac E-1 FR

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Schecter Balsac E-1 FR
Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 78
Value for money 81
Overall Score 81
  • From Schecter's 2020 Artist series
  • Balsac Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple 3-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series bridge
  • 2 volume Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
  • Retainer bar

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6. Schecter E-1 Apocalypse

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Schecter E-1 Apocalypse
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 80
Value for money 80
Overall Score 80
  • From Schecter's 2020 Apocalypse series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners

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7. Schecter E-1 Apocalypse Red Reign

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Schecter E-1 Apocalypse Red Reign
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 80
Value for money 80
Overall Score 80
  • From Schecter's 2022 Apocalypse series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners

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8. Solar E1.6 Priestess

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Solar E1.6 Priestess
Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 76
Value for money 80
Overall Score 80
  • From Solar's 2020 Artist series
  • Marzi Montazeri Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Duncan Solar/Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Duncan Solar (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Solar C Shape Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Solar 18:1 Locking Type tuners

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9. Jackson USA Select Kelly KE2

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Jackson USA Select Kelly KE2
Playability 83
Sound 79
Build quality 77
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
  • From Jackson's 2020 USA Select series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose Original Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners

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10. Schecter E-7 Apocalypse Red Reign

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Schecter E-7 Apocalypse Red Reign
Playability 78
Sound 79
Build quality 80
Value for money 79
Overall Score 79
  • From Schecter's 2021 Apocalypse series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 7 strings
  • 26.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VII (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VII (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners

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11. Solar E1.6FRLB

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Solar E1.6FRLB
Playability 77
Sound 84
Build quality 77
Value for money 79
Overall Score 79
  • From Solar's 2020 Type E series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Duncan Solar/Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Duncan Solar (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1000, with 34 mm Block bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Solar C Shape Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Solar 18:1 Locking Type tuners
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12. Schecter Jake Pitts E-1 FR S

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Schecter Jake Pitts E-1 FR S
Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 72
Value for money 79
Overall Score 79
  • From Schecter's 2017 Artist series
  • Jake Pitts Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany 3-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Sustainiac (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
  • Retainer bar

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13. ESP Snakebyte Camo

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ESP Snakebyte Camo
Playability 78
Sound 79
Build quality 79
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79
  • From ESP's 2022 Signature series
  • James Hetfield Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners

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14. Dean Zero Select Evertune Fluence

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Dean Zero Select Evertune Fluence
Playability 80
Sound 83
Build quality 74
Value for money 79
Overall Score 79
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Evertune bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Slim C Set neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Mini Grover 18:1 tuners
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15. Dean Zero Select Floyd Fluence

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Dean Zero Select Floyd Fluence
Playability 80
Sound 82
Build quality 76
Value for money 79
Overall Score 79
  • From Dean's 2021 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 (Korean) bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Slim C Set neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Mini Grover 18:1 tuners
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16. Solar E1.6AC

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Solar E1.6AC
Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 75
Value for money 73
Overall Score 78
  • From Solar's 2020 Type E series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • Evertune F-Type bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Solar C Shape Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Solar 18:1 Locking Type tuners
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17. Solar E1.6FBB

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Solar E1.6FBB
Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 74
Value for money 78
Overall Score 78
  • From Solar's 2020 Type E series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Duncan Solar/Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Duncan Solar (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Evertune F-Type bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Solar C Shape Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Solar 18:1 Locking Type tuners
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18. Jackson Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Ash

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Jackson Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Ash
Playability 83
Sound 78
Build quality 75
Value for money 74
Overall Score 79
  • From Jackson's 2020 Artist Signature series
  • Jeff Loomis Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners

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19. ESP Snakebyte

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ESP Snakebyte
Playability 78
Sound 79
Build quality 79
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79
  • From ESP's 2011 Signature series
  • James Hetfield Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners

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20. Solar E1.7FBB

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Solar E1.7FBB
Playability 73
Sound 83
Build quality 75
Value for money 72
Overall Score 77
  • From Solar's 2020 Type E series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 7 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer top
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Duncan Solar/Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Duncan Solar (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Evertune F-Type bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Solar C Shape Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Solar 18:1 Locking Type tuners

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