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Best Explorer Shape Guitars in 2022

Here you'll find the best Explorer shape guitars.

We've found exactly 72 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 90
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 and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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 82
Value for money 82
Overall Score 82
  • 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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter E-1 FR S Special Edition
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Sustainer Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Retainer Bar
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

3. Schecter E-1 SLS Elite

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Schecter E-1 SLS Elite
Playability 85
Sound 78
Build quality 80
Value for money 81
Overall Score 81
  • 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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter E-1 SLS Elite
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

4. Schecter E-1 SLS Evil Twin

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Schecter E-1 SLS Evil Twin
Playability 85
Sound 78
Build quality 80
Value for money 81
Overall Score 81
  • 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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter E-1 SLS Evil Twin
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

5. Schecter Balsac E-1 FR

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Schecter Balsac E-1 FR
Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 77
Value for money 80
Overall Score 80
  • 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 and 0 tone 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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Balsac E-1 FR
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Retainer Bar
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. Schecter E-1 Apocalypse

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Schecter E-1 Apocalypse
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 79
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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter E-1 Apocalypse
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. Schecter E-1 Apocalypse Red Reign

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Schecter E-1 Apocalypse Red Reign
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 79
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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter E-1 Apocalypse Red Reign
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Solar E1.6 Priestess

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Solar E1.6 Priestess
Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 75
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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Solar E1.6 Priestess
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Select Kelly KE2
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

10. Schecter E-7 Apocalypse Red Reign

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Schecter E-7 Apocalypse Red Reign
Playability 78
Sound 79
Build quality 79
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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Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter E-7 Apocalypse Red Reign
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock