If this guitar were stolen, i would buy a similar model, but a New one and probably a higher model for better quality pickups. I'm considering buying pure Duncan pick ups and replacing the "Duncan-made" pick ups. This guitar is a great instrument and a must have for all metal players.
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: McMurray Music
2 Volume, 1 Tone, Threeway Switch.
String through body
non-locking tuners made by ESP
The strings ride kind of high, but that makes the sound clearer. Then neck is a little thick, but you get used to it eventually. It's heavier than other explorer guitars than i've played before, but that helps the sustain and it gives it a much stronger low-end.
I use a Fender Princeton 65 amp. I use the amp's built in distortion plus i also have a Boss Hyper Metal pedal - a discontinued pedal made by Boss, but i think it's more powerful than the Metal Zone pedal they have now. It's really only useful for metal because of the power of the pick ups. Definetly not usable for Blues, Jazz or Funk. Could use it for Alternative or Rock, but Metal is probably best. It has a very thick sound when using the neck pick ups, and i very powerful, strong low and high end sound when using the bridge pick ups. Sometimes pickups get too sensitive and feedback like crazy. It's stronger than other guitars, but definetly heavier. Definetly a good stage guitar, maybe not as good for studio since it feedbacks quite a bit.
Does not need to be adjusted, however the strings do occasionally fall out of tune, as strings often do. The overall hardware is great. It's extremely durable and can really take a beating whether it be falling off a guitar stand or when your strap breaks during practice (old strap, not the guitar's fault).