Here's what Gibson say about the HP explorer
"Upgraded rock machine
The 2017 Explorer HP combines raw power, scorching tones, and extreme sustain, into a pure and iconic rock design that's been classed up with super premium features.
Still sonically aggressive and with tons of brute force, the Explorer 2017 HP adds a bit more of the modern comfort and subtlety to its arsenal, not diminishing one bit its fierce rock capabilities.
Its solid mahogany body and powerful pickups are met with unheard of quality of tone transmission and absolute control over the action. Add to that its even faster neck designed for guitar soloists and its super smooth polished frets and you have one of the meanest, best sounding, and easiest to play Gibson guitar ever made.
The guitar is delivered in a classic Gibson hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap and a polishing cloth."
Body and Neck
Mahogany body. Mahogany neck with soloist neck width, Explorer slim-taper profile, and rosewood fingerboard with 22 polished frets. Dots Mother of Pearl inlays
Pickups and Electronics
496R and 500T humbuckers. 2 volumes, 1 tone, 1 aviation grade toggle switch. Gold plated multi-contact jack
Chrome aluminum TOM with titanium saddles and locking steel studs. Chrome aluminum Stop Bar with locking steel studs. Chrome knurled UFO knobs. G FORCE™ auto-tuning system
Classic Gibson hardshell case
Premium leather strap, Gibson multi-tool and polishing cloth
- Series Core HP
- Body Style Explorer
- Back Mahogany
- Top N/A
- Weight relief N/A
- Binding N/A
- Neck Mahogany
- Neck profile Explorer slim taper
- Neck width 1.745"
- Heel Fast-access
- Fingerboard Rosewood
- Scale length 24.75
- Number of frets 22 polished frets
- Nut Titanium zero-fret adjustable nut
- Inlay Mother of Pearl dots
- Binding N/A
- Binding Style N/A
- Bridge Aluminum TOM with titanium saddles and steel locking thumbwheels
- Tailpiece Aluminum Stop Bar with steel locking studs
- Knobs Chrome knurled UFO
- Tuners G FORCE™ with improved gears
- Plating Chrome
- Neck pickup 496R
- Bridge pickup 500T
- Other pickup N/A
- Controls 2 volumes, 1 tone, 1 aviation grade toggle switch
- Finishes available Ebony, Heritage Cherry
- Case Classic Gibson hardshell case