Epiphone Limited Edition Jason Hook M-4 Explorer Outfit review

We put the Five Finger Death Punch guitarist's signature model to the test

Epiphone Limited Edition Jason Hook M-4 Explorer Outfit review
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

One of the most-playable Explorer types ever made, Jason Hook's signature electric lands a knock-out punch.


  • +

    Body profile enhances playability.

  • +

    Grover Locking mini-Rotomatic tuners.

  • +

    Premium Seymour Duncan pickups.


  • -

    The finish may be a little loud for some.

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Having earned his stripes in Alice Cooper and Vince Neil’s bands before joining Five Finger Death Punch in 2009 - one of the fastest-rising heavy acts of the 2000s - Jason Hook is undoubtedly one of metal’s modern masters.

More recently, the Canadian was tapped by Epiphone to design a more affordable version of his 2013 Gibson M-4 Sherman signature guitar. Much like the band he plays in, the custom racer-style red and white finish won’t be to everyone’s tastes, though the overall quality and affordability do more than enough to compensate.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).