Well, I’m sorry to say but I have made my last new Gibson purchase and it wasn’t pretty. So I have been wanting the Explorer Tribute for a while now and finally decided to go for it! I have the Epiphone Goth Explorer and I really love that guitar, especially since I put Dirty Fingers + pickups into it, what a screamer! Buy hey, I really wanted the Gibson version so I ordered it and finally yesterday it came in! I was so excited!! I picked it up on the way home from work and brought it home and unboxed it and gave it a quick inspection. The first thing I noticed was the “satin” finish, not great certainly not as good as my Epiphone although it is Nitro. Also there is no grain filler so I call this faded. Another small issue I had was there was an indentation on the front of the body that was under the paint, QA should have caught that! Fretboard is rosewood and dry as a bone, but I can correct that. Anyway time to plug in tune up and rock it!! Crap, I immediately notice fret buzz, well the action is pretty low so I raise it up, still there, raise it up more than I like, still there. I then check the neck relief which seems fine. Is there a neck hump?? I thought this thing was plecked! Next I just decide to play it a bit, the pickup selector feels wonky, not like the Switchcraft I’m used to and the dirty fingers pickups sound muddy. My Epiphone has the same pickups so I know how they should sound. At this point I’m done, gotta send this one back, so I wipe it down with my microfiber cloth and as I wipe down the neck, I find the fret ends are sharp. Man this sucks!! I paid $1400 for this guitar – with only a soft case and my $500 Epiphone blows it away!! I love Gibsons and have more than a few but this guitar is an embarrassment, a true POS! Even if the fret ends were filed correctly and without the fret buzz issue this guitar should sell for no more that $699. Bad Gibson! Bad!!