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Manufacturer Epiphone
Period 2013
Body type Non-Chambered
Neck joint Glued-In, Set Neck
Body Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Phenolic with Pearloid Dot Inlays
Bridge Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
Pickup(s) 2 Burstbuckers
Colors avaliable
Color(s) Silver Burst

Brendon Small “Thunderhorse” Explorer is a sub-model of the electric Gibson Explorer,[1] released in 2013. It had a limited run by Gibson-imprint Epiphone.[2]


The guitar was inspired by Skwisgaar’s primary guitar, the Gibson Explorer. This was the second run of Metalocalypse-inspired Explorers—the previously released Dethklok “Thunderhorse” Explorer was less accessible pricewise, so the Brendon Small “Thunderhorse” was intended as a cheaper alternative. Upon release the guitars sold at or around $600—the original retailed for at or around $1,000.

Epiphone promotional video[]

  1. “In 1979 Gibson introduced the E2 model (also known as the Explorer II), featuring a 5-piece walnut/maple laminated construction and a contoured body. This model was discontinued after 1983, but was partially returned as the “Thunderhorse”, a signature model for comedian/musician Brendon Small, which was heavily based on the E2.” —Gibson Explorer on Wikipedia
  2. Epiphone on Wikipedia