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The Gibson Explorer was released alongside the Flying V in the late 1950s to mixed reaction. It rewrote the design rulebook for the electric guitar, but many saw it as too radical - fast forward to the 21st Century, and this incredible instrument still turns heads and divides opinion. Gibson's new Explorer features a number of design tweaks that strike the balance between old-school and precision.
Body & Neck
The body is solid Mahogany, ensuring brilliant resonance and an articulate mid-range. Gibson have also opted for an Antique Natural finish, a tip of the hat to the gold-hued Korina bodies of the original Explorers.
Mahogany makes another appearance for the neck, with a familiar 24.75" scale length and Slim Taper profile. This Explorer is an absolute breeze to play, retaining a classic vibe but accomodating for the needs of modern playing styles. One of the most notable design tweaks is a return to Rosewood for the fretboard. Gibson have explored the use of Granadillo, Pau Ferro and other Rosewood substitutes over the years - but nothing compares to the original!
Pickups & Electronics
Yet more familiar territory, you're looking at a Burstbucker double-bill for the Explorer. The BB2 in the neck position projects that famed warm, bottom-end-friendly tone that Gibsons are known for - brilliant for rich cleans and soaring leads. In the bridge position, the BB3 delivers a well-rounded snarl, brilliantly matched with cranked valve overdrive and bluesy fuzz tones.
Next up, they've combined the aluminium stopbar with the Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge - this is the tried-and-tested Gibson solid-body formula. Understated in look but efficient and hardy in functionality. Aluminium also boasts surprising resonant qualities, so you get even more sustain to boot.
Signature black speed knobs and a classic white pickguard with toggle switch add the perfect retro finishing touch to the Explorer's aesthetic. A true standout, the Explorer never fails to draw attention to itself - and rightly so!
- Body Style: Explorer
- Body: Mahogany
- Binding: None
- Finish: Antique Natural
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck profile: Slim Taper
- Nut width: 1.695”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Number of frets: 22, cryogenically treated
- Nut: Tektoid
- Inlay: Acrylic Dots
- Binding: None
- Bridge: Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar
- Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
- Tuners: Grover Mini Rotomatics
- Plating: Chrome
- Pickguard: White 3-ply
- Case: Hardshell
- Neck pickup: BurstBucker 2
- Bridge pickup: BurstBucker 3
- Controls: 2 volumes, 1 tone, 1 toggle switch