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I totally fell in love with U2 from an early age, purely for the fact my parents loved them. And when I noticed U2's Guitarist 'the edge' played an Explorer, I immediately followed suite and followed in his footsteps. The shape is definetely eye catching, and doesn't really look like it suits a certain music genre (unlike makes like B.C Rich which are made for purely metal the vast majority of the time). I thought the large weighty chunk at the bottom would seriously weigh the whole thing down, I was proven wrong. I found it more or less acts like a slight balance, helping to keep the headstock sag down, like a lot of guitars with extravagent shapes do. So, it arrives in the post, I plug it in, and was instantly blown away. My fingers seemed to glide from fret to fret, making some cetain riffs easier to play, than what I had experienced on some other guitars. Though, unlike my Gibson Les Paul Custom, this guitar doesn't seem the best for something like thrash metal, yes yes, I know, James Hetfield plays an Explorer, BUT his a an ESP model, which costs a couple of thousand of dollars to make. I'm no James Hetfield, and I certainly don't have the bank accout he does. So, I bought myself a pair of DimeBuckers, not the cheapest of Pickups, but incredibly worth it. The great tone, compined with the lovely neck and fantastic general set up helped me create an allround metal beast. Worth it, if you like your punk, blues or even jazz. This guitar is great for some furious fast paced fretwork.