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Win Bill Kelliher's Axe

Win Bill Kelliher's Axe



In celebration of our recently released guitar instructional-documentary, Bill Kelliher: The Sound and The Story, FRET12 is giving away Bill Kelliher's "Golden Axe" guitar.

When your tone's as massive as Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher's, you need a guitar with equally mammoth power. For both looks and sound, the iconic Gibson Explorer is a perfect fit: This radically angled electric was light-years ahead of its time when it was introduced in 1958, and it's still the first choice of many of the world's fiercest rockers. Enter below for a chance to win the "Golden Axe".

Bill Kelliher: The Sound and The Story 


FRET12 proudly presents this installment of its guitar instructional-documentary series The Sound and The Story with Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher.  Explore FRET12's "The Sound and The Story" series here. 

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  • The Goods

    Bill Kelliher's Golden Axe

    Bill Kelliher “Golden Axe” Explorer from Gibson USA... Owned, played and signed by Bill Kelliher himself.

    Body and Neck
    Mahogany has a long history as a tonewood with Gibson, and it provides the perfect core for the Bill Kelliher “Golden Axe” Explorer. Crafted from solid, unchambered mahogany, the Explorer-style body yields plenty of richness and depth, along with excellent sustain. The solid mahogany neck is carved to Bill’s preference of slim Explorer profile measuring 0.800” at the 1st fret and 0.850” at the 12th, and topped with a solid rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a PLEK-cut Corian™ nut. The body’s top and fingerboard are trimmed in elegant cream binding. 

    Pickups and electronics
    Bill Kelliher demands the utmost in power and versatility from his pickups, which is why his “Golden Axe” Explorer is equipped with two powerful LACE™ Nitro Hemi® humbuckers. These extremely powerful contemporary humbuckers excel at high-gain metal tones, with thumping lows and punchy, aggressive mids, yet retain outstanding clarity and sweet, bell-like highs. As a bonus, they are wired for coil-splitting to provide authentic single-coil tones, which can be used individually or in several combinations via a traditional three-way selector switch. A push-pull switch on the master volume control splits the bridge pickup, while the master tone’s switching splits the neck pickup. 

    Ever since their introduction in 1954, Gibson’s Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece have been acclaimed for their perfect marriage of solid sustain and efficient intonation. These classics answer the call perfectly on the Bill Kelliher “Golden Axe” Explorer, along with a set of high-quality Grover™ Mini tuners. All hardware, along with the strap buttons and pickup covers, is plated in gold. 

    Mahogany body with stunning Gold Burst finish
    Mahogany neck with Bill Kelliher's slim, fast profile
    Rosewood fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays
    Pair of split-coil LACE Nitro Hemi humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge position