The first we saw of the Gibson Explorer's radical body shape was in 1958, almost 20 years ahead of its time for such a radical body shape which screams rock music. The classic 1976 styling is captured on today's Explorer with a mahogany body, rounded mahogony neck, rosewood fingerboard, tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Mini Grover tuners and 496R Neck / 500T bridge Ceramic Magnet Humbuckers.
Gibson X-PLORER 2008 Features
- Mahogany body
- Rounded mahogany neck
- 22 fret, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
- Chrome hardware
- 24.75 inch scale length
- 1.695 inch nut width
- Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
- Black Speed knobs
- Mini Grover tuners
- 496R Neck / 500T bridge Ceramic Magnet Humbuckers
- Two volume, one tone, three-way switch control/s
- Gibson hardshell case included with this guitar
The Original EX-PLORER
The original Explorer of 1958 was more radically modernistic than its famous cousin, the Flying V. Musicians finally caught up with the Explorer in 1976, and today's Explorer revives the first reissue. Features include 496R/500T ceramic humbuckers, a Mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard, and chrome hardware. A Gibson deluxe hardshell case is included.
EX-PLORER Famous Usuers
In 1958 "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors topped the radio and record charts for 7 straight weeks, surpassing 2 other monster hits that year-"The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley and "The Chipmunk Song" by, of course, The Chipmunks. In that same year Gibson's Ted McCarty met a challenge from rival Leo Fender and introduced 3 revolutionary, highly stylized solidbody electric guitars -- the Explorer, the fabled lost Moderne, and the Flying V.
The 496R is a smokin? neck pickup with incredible sustain and cutting power. You'll be amazed how the high-output ceramic magnet adds more highs with increased definition and no muddiness.
The 500T is built to deliver the no-holds-barred, in-your-face hard rock licks you want. The powerful multi-ceramic magnet structure enables this monster to cover lots of territory. It can scream or growl - never losing its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.