Gibson USA Explorer T 2017 Ebony

Written by

Jed Van Wyngaardt

You don't have to be James Hetfield to rock an Explorer. This all-mahogany guitar is built for brutal metal tones, with a classic hard rock warmth to its tone. With a hard case, and the Gibson stamp of approval, you'd easily take this out as your giging partner for any hard rock or metal band.

Slim taper neck
The Slim taper neck is comfortable in the hand without being too flat or too round either. The fret edges are rolled on all of the new Gibson 2017 models which makes them feel played in, straight out of the box and this is something normally found on Gibson Custom shop models.

The explorer needs pickups that will match its heritage as a hard rock guitar. The 496R and 500T pickups are the answer as they're medium output humbuckers that will smash through the mix when played under a fresh slab of distortion. They're punchy and full-bodied with a lot of mid-range honk to cut through the mix with any heavy riffage.

Here's what Gibson say about the 2017 Explorer

"One glance and you know instantly: this is a rock'n'roll powerhouse of a guitar. The 2017 Explorer T delivers raw power, scorching tones, and extreme sustain, all wrapped in an iconic design that's as rebellious as rock itself.
And beneath the Explorer's aggression and brute sonic force lie the subtler qualities that make a Gibson such a special guitar: superb playing comfort, extreme speed, and the confidence of utmost quality. Crafted in the image of the original radical Explorer body style, using select solid mahogany, and loaded with two of Gibson's fiercest high-gain humbuckers and top-quality hardware, the Explorer T is truly a piece of rock weaponry that can do it all.
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 and neck, with rosewood fingerboard. Explorer slim-taper neck profile. 22 polished frets. Acrylic dot inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
496R and 500T humbuckers. 2 volumes, 1 master tone, 1 toggle switch
Chrome TOM and aluminum Stop Bar. Mini-Grover tuners. Black speed knobs
Protective Case
Classic Explorer hardshell case
Additional Specs
Premium leather strap, Gibson multi-tool, polishing cloth


  • Series Core T
  • Body Style Explorer
  • Back Mahogany
  • Top N/A
  • Weight relief N/A
  • Binding N/A
  • Neck Mahogany
  • Neck profile Explorer slim taper
  • Neck width 1,695"
  • Heel Traditional
  • Fingerboard Rosewood
  • Scale length 24.75
  • Number of frets 22 polished frets
  • Nut Tektoid
  • Inlay Acrylic dots
  • Binding N/A
  • Binding Style N/A
  • Bridge Aluminum Tune-o-Matic with steel thumbwheels
  • Tailpiece Aluminum Stop Bar with steel posts
  • Knobs Black speed knobs
  • Tuners Mini-Grover
  • Plating Chrome
  • Neck pickup 496R
  • Bridge pickup 496T
  • Other pickup N/A
  • Controls 2 volumes, 1 master tone, 1 toggle switch
  • Finishes available Ebony, Heritage Cherry
  • Case Classic Gibson Explorer hardshell case


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