Brendon Small Guitar

When you tune into the animated world of music, there’s one name that often leaps off the page (or, in this case, the screen): Brendon Small. As the mastermind behind “Home Movies” and the hugely popular “Metalocalypse,” Small has not only given voice to a variety of animated characters but has also wielded his six-string prowess to churn out some of the most memorable tunes in animated TV history.

If you’ve ever headbanged to the thunderous riffs of Dethklok, then you’re already well acquainted with his genius. His fusion of storytelling, animation, and, most importantly, guitar wizardry, is unparalleled.

As with any guitarist, the tools of the trade are paramount. And while many axes have passed through Small’s hands, there’s one that stands out, not just for its sheer beauty and design but also for its tonal capabilities: the Epiphone Brendon Small GhostHorse Explorer.

Who is Brendon Small?

The early 2000s were a transformative period in television. Among the gems that emerged during this era was “Metalocalypse,” an animated series that revolved around a fictional band named Dethklok, touted as the world’s most popular and also most dangerous metal band. Brendon Small, along with Tommy Blacha, created the show. What set “Metalocalypse” apart wasn’t just its dark humor or its clever commentary on the music industry, but its music.

Each episode featured songs that could rival any real-life metal band. And the man behind these tunes? None other than Brendon Small himself. He didn’t just voice multiple characters, including the band’s frontman Nathan Explosion, but he also composed and played the majority of the music on the show.

Outside of the animated universe, Small has been equally prolific. “Galaktikon,” his solo project, is a testament to his musical range, blending elements of metal, rock, and progressive sounds.

Epiphone Brendon Small GhostHorse Explorer

A Vision in Silverburst

One of the first things you’d notice about the GhostHorse Explorer is its striking Silverburst finish. While the Explorer body shape itself has always been a head-turner, the Silverburst finish elevates its visual appeal to a whole new level. The gradient of silver to black isn’t just classy; it embodies the spirit of metal in all its glory.

Built for Performance

Crafted with a Figured Maple body and a custom SlimTaper mahogany neck, this guitar was designed with playability in mind. Whether you’re ripping through solos or holding down chunky riffs, the GhostHorse Explorer promises comfort throughout. The ebony fingerboard, housing 24 medium-jumbo frets, offers a smooth playing surface, ensuring that fast runs and complicated chord changes can be executed with ease.

Tone that Roars

A guitar can look good, but if it doesn’t sound right, it’s all for naught. Thankfully, the GhostHorse Explorer is as sonorous as it is beautiful. Loaded with a pair of BurstBucker pickups – BurstBucker-1 at the neck and BurstBucker-2 at the bridge – this guitar can roar with aggression and sing with clarity. These pickups, known for their vintage PAF sound, offer a tonal versatility that suits Small’s wide-ranging playing style.

Attention to Details

The “GhostHorse” logo on the back of the headstock, the “Galaktikon” inlay on the 12th fret, and the unique control layout with master volume and tone controls show the level of thought and personal touch that went into designing this instrument.

If you’re the proud owner of this iconic guitar, check the year of your GhostHorse by its serial number.

Specification Table Epiphone Brendon Small Ghosthorse Explorer

Made in:China
Series:Artist Collection
Colors:Green Burst
Left-Handed Version:No
Top:Figured Maple Veneer
Type:Solid Body
Body Material:Mahogany
Bridge:Floyd Rose FRT-1000
Neck Joint:Set
Tuners:Grover Mini Rotomatic 18:1
Fretboard:Ebony; white binding
Neck Material:Mahogany
Decoration:Dot; Icarus Spaceship at 12th fret
Scale Size:24.75″
Shape:Slim Taper
Thickness:1st Fret: 0.82” (20.8mm) – 12th Fret: 0.92” (23.4mm)
Frets:24 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius:12″
Nut Width:44.5mm (1.75”)
Switch:3 Way
Pickup Mods:Coil Split
Volume Controls:2
Tone Controls:0
Bridge Pickup:Gibson USA BurstBucker 2 (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup:Gibson USA BurstBucker 1 (Humbucker / Passive)

For those seeking a guitar that looks as good as it sounds, that can handle the ferocity of metal and the intricacies of other genres, the GhostHorse Explorer is a worthy companion.