Best Quilted Maple Top Explorer Style Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Quilted Maple top Explorer style guitars. This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Schecter E-1 FR S Special Edition

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Schecter E-1 FR S Special Edition
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Playability 77
Sound 85
Build quality 78
Value for money 80
Overall Score 80

What our users think

  • Neck access to high frets: Very Easy (2 votes)
  • Fret edges: Smooth (2 votes)
  • Tuning stability: Won't get out of tune (2 votes)
  • Weight: Slightly heavy (2 votes)
  • Neck profile shape: C (46 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (41 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
  • Pickups power: Hot (3 votes)
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  • 3 Prices - New from $1,399 >
  • 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)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series bridge
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $1,399 >
  • 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)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series bridge
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
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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
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Retainer Bar
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in South Korea
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Dean Z Select Floyd Quilt Top

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Dean Z Select Floyd Quilt Top
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Playability 75
Sound 79
Build quality 63
Value for money 72
Overall Score 72

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  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • From Dean's 2019 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilt Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1000 (Korean) bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
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  • From Dean's 2019 Select series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilt Maple top
  • Eastern Mahogany body
  • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose 1000 (Korean) bridge
  • V Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Dean Z Select Floyd Quilt Top
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

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    3. Jackson X Series Kelly KEXQ

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    Jackson X Series Kelly KEXQ
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    Playability 77
    Sound 71
    Build quality 65
    Value for money 76
    Overall Score 71

    What our users think

    • Neck access to high frets: Easy (1 vote)
    • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
    • Weight: Lightweight (1 vote)
    • Neck profile shape: D (31 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (34 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (8 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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    • 6 Prices - New from $799.99 >
    • From Jackson's 2019 X series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilt Maple top
    • Poplar body
    • Maple neck
    • Laurel fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Jackson High-Output Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Jackson High-Output Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Floyd Rose Special Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) bridge
    • Speed Neck-Through neck
    • 24 Jumbo frets
    • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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    • 6 Prices - New from $799.99 >
    • From Jackson's 2019 X series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilt Maple top
    • Poplar body
    • Maple neck
    • Laurel fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Jackson High-Output Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Jackson High-Output Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Floyd Rose Special Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) bridge
    • Speed Neck-Through neck
    • 24 Jumbo frets
    • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Jackson X Series Kelly KEXQ
    • Locking Nut
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Tremolo
    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Indonesia
    • No Expensive Woods
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Retainer Bar
    • No Strap Lock

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    4. Schecter E-1 Custom Special Edition

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    Schecter E-1 Custom Special Edition
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    Playability 80
    Sound 79
    Build quality 67
    Value for money 80
    Overall Score 75

    What our users think

    • Weight: Slightly heavy (1 vote)
    • Neck profile shape: C (46 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (41 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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    • 2 Prices - New from $999 >
    • From Schecter's 2020 Custom series
    • Made in South Korea
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilted Maple top
    • Mahogany body
    • Mahogany 3-pc neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Sunset Strip (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Pasadena (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin C Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Schecter Locking tuners
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    • 2 Prices - New from $999 >
    • From Schecter's 2020 Custom series
    • Made in South Korea
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilted Maple top
    • Mahogany body
    • Mahogany 3-pc neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Sunset Strip (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Pasadena (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin C Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Schecter Locking tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Schecter E-1 Custom Special Edition
    • Locking Tuners
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Coil Split Pickups
    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • Made in South Korea
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    5. Dean Z Select Quilt Top

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    Dean Z Select Quilt Top
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    Playability 77
    Sound 72
    Build quality 58
    Value for money 74
    Overall Score 69

    What our users think

    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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    • From Dean's 2019 Select series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilt Maple top
    • Eastern Mahogany body
    • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate) bridge
    • V Set neck
    • 22 Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
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    • From Dean's 2019 Select series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilt Maple top
    • Eastern Mahogany body
    • 3 Piece Eastern Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan APH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tune-O-Matic (With Z Plate) bridge
    • V Set neck
    • 22 Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Dean Z Select Quilt Top
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Indonesia
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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