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    Radical sharp design and excellent playing balance.

    The body of the Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar is solid mahogany for a fat and punchy sound, while the 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbuckers sizzle and snarl with aggressive authority. The Explorer's radical design not only looks sharp, but it also offers excellent playing balance. Other features include a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and Grover machine heads. Made in the USA. Includes Gibson hardshell case. ---

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    GibsonExplorer Electric Guitar
     
    4.9

    (based on 178 reviews)

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    Beast Guitar

    I purchased this guitar about a year ago. The reason I chose this guitar was because of Brendon Small. If an Explorer was good enough for him it's definately good enough for me....Read complete review

    I purchased this guitar about a year ago. The reason I chose this guitar was because of Brendon Small. If an Explorer was good enough for him it's definately good enough for me. I picked an Explorer up at [@], as well as a more expensive Les Paul, and loved the Explorer right off the bat. Many complain about this guitar, saying it's hard to play sitting down, but the switch from a Schecter C1 Standard+ to the Explorer was seamless. There will be some times when the guitar is unbalanced when on your lap, but this only lasts a few weeks at most, as I find this guitar quite comfortable to play sitting down. PLaying mostly metal, I love this guitar. I can execute tremelo picking seamlessly, play chords easily, sweep seamlessly and play legato without a problem. I haven't messed with anything on this guitar except two Gibson humbucker covers. I figured the investment would protect my pickups and maintain Gibson authenticity. The covers add alot of class to this instrument, don't alter the sound and look fantastic. Gibson's tend to be on the expensive side, but Musician's Friend has very affordable prices, the upgrade to a Gibson has been priceless. I bought my Explorer in black, and would buy a second in white without hesitation (if I had the money, of course). Very playable guitar, very beautiful guitar, very metal guitar. There are just a few cons. I have just noticed a spot on the headstock where the finish is missing, as if someone took a knife and scraped it. This is hardly noticeable, and may have been my own doing, but it makes me sad nonetheless. The fiish also scrathes easily; again, this is hardly noticeable, but under the right lighting you can see some small scratches. I have babied this guitar, and I have no idea how this could have gotten here, as the only thing that might have done that is my cleaning cloth. But these are very minor, and I wouldn't let that deter you. Many complain about Gibson's quality control, but I haven't found any major issues and I have experienced Gibson to be a very trustworthy brand. Love this guitar, love Gibson. Buy it!

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    Don't Bother

    I previously owned a Les Paul studio a few years back but had to sell it to pay bills. When I was able to afford a new Gibson I thought I'd give the Explorer...Read complete review

    I previously owned a Les Paul studio a few years back but had to sell it to pay bills. When I was able to afford a new Gibson I thought I'd give the Explorer a try. I'd always liked the body style so I thought why not? The only good thing about this guitar was the case. I don't know what Gibson makes their pickguards out of but they create so much static electricity thats about all you can hear when you play. The finish was nonexistant in a few places and they forgot to pack the intonation. The bridge saddles wouldn't move far enough to fix it. I dont't know if this is Gibsons idea of quality control or I just got a cruddy guitar but it's certainly not nearly as good as my Carvin.

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    5.0

    Beast Guitar

    By Explorer85

    from Grand Junction, CO

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    Pros

    • Fast neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great for Metal
    • Looks great
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Minor Finish Blemishes
    • Unconventional Shape

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar about a year ago. The reason I chose this guitar was because of Brendon Small. If an Explorer was good enough for him it's definately good enough for me. I picked an Explorer up at [@], as well as a more expensive Les Paul, and loved the Explorer right off the bat. Many complain about this guitar, saying it's hard to play sitting down, but the switch from a Schecter C1 Standard+ to the Explorer was seamless. There will be some times when the guitar is unbalanced when on your lap, but this only lasts a few weeks at most, as I find this guitar quite comfortable to play sitting down. PLaying mostly metal, I love this guitar. I can execute tremelo picking seamlessly, play chords easily, sweep seamlessly and play legato without a problem. I haven't messed with anything on this guitar except two Gibson humbucker covers. I figured the investment would protect my pickups and maintain Gibson authenticity. The covers add alot of class to this instrument, don't alter the sound and look fantastic. Gibson's tend to be on the expensive side, but Musician's Friend has very affordable prices, the upgrade to a Gibson has been priceless. I bought my Explorer in black, and would buy a second in white without hesitation (if I had the money, of course). Very playable guitar, very beautiful guitar, very metal guitar. There are just a few cons. I have just noticed a spot on the headstock where the finish is missing, as if someone took a knife and scraped it. This is hardly noticeable, and may have been my own doing, but it makes me sad nonetheless. The fiish also scrathes easily; again, this is hardly noticeable, but under the right lighting you can see some small scratches. I have babied this guitar, and I have no idea how this could have gotten here, as the only thing that might have done that is my cleaning cloth. But these are very minor, and I wouldn't let that deter you. Many complain about Gibson's quality control, but I haven't found any major issues and I have experienced Gibson to be a very trustworthy brand. Love this guitar, love Gibson. Buy it!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This guitar rocks!!!

    By RL

    from Westchester, NY

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    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I would give it a 10 but when I got it, the intonation was drastically off and it kept going out of tune so I adjusted the intonation and put some graphite on the nut which seemed to help a lot. This is a great solid rock guitar. I got the white which is really more of a classic white color and I really like it. When you buy a Gibson, you are getting top end USA woods and hardware. This guitar plays and sounds great. The neck is a little bigger than a 1960 LP neck, but its comfortable and fast. I never played an Explorer before and I was surprised how well balanced the guitar was given the shape. The pickups are very hot and great for rock or metal. They have a very beefy sound and you can get some great pinched harmonics out of the bridge pickup, but its not shrill like some pickups. The bridge pickup is a lot louder than the neck but its not an issue for me. The neck pickup sounds great for clean strumming or for smooth leads. The frets are well dressed with no sharp edges. All around just a great playing super cool looking guitar.
    Basic LP set up, mahogany body, rosewood fretboard. Hot humbuckers. You know what you're getting with this guitar so I give it a 10 because the parts are all high end USA Gibson parts.
    The construction and the paint job are both pretty much flawless.
    This is a well made USA Gibson and is worth the money because there is no need for upgrades etc. Epiphone is a good value, but they are NOT the same guitar, just made overseas (woods, hardware etc)

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson Explorer "cherry" DO IT!!

    By Razlee Draman

    from Perth, Australia

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This is only my second guitar and i felt i took an educated risk because i bought it without ever playing or seeing one in real life. Everything you read about the Gibson Explorer is true - you just can't go wrong. The sounds is alive and it feels like it wants to work with you in your hands. For me the bridge pickup is a little harsh and the neck pickup a little muddy although that could be my amp settings (Orange DT /w Marshal 2x12 2061x). IMO the sweet spot (regarding high gain) is both pickups selected with the neck volume turned down to 7 and the tone cut to 8 - beautiful. I already had a set of JH EMG pickups waiting for the guitar to arrive so they go in next week and hopefully they take my tone to where i want for this guitar.

    Most people will think this guitar is just for rock/metal but it really is very versitile and reacts well to how you play it.

    If you buy one you won't regret it. Just don't chip the corners like every single muppet seems to do!!! happy playing.
    I've played guitars before where the volume and tone knobs don't seem to have much impact on the sound being produced. But the combination of the pickups and control knobs make for a guitar that rewards tinkering and reflect the way in which you play the instrument.

    I wanted this guitar because i simply loved the unique look and the players/era that it comes from but i BOUGHT this guitar because i couldn't go past that amazing cherry colour. It is sublime. I don't even have to be playing to appreciate this guitar and leave a smile on the dial. It's well weighted even though it has a strange shape and though i'm yet to try i think it would be most comfortable played standing.

    The neck was a little wider than i thought it would be but still very comfortable and easy to work with especially with the fast fret board.
    Solid construction without being to heavy and looks like it will out last me. The chrome is beautiful and the tuning pegs precise. Nothing feels like it's going to slip or spin or do anything untoward. Again that colour....
    For an instrument of this ability and quality with the Gibson name on it... i feel like i stole it for the price i got it at. Deciding wether to get new or second hand? i bought mine second hand and it was imaculate, it still had all the plastic covers on the pick guard and rear plate. saved more money. You can trust the descriptions and ratings given by Musician Friend

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    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson Explorer Heritage Cherry

    By Jack Childs

    from Vero Beach, FL.

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    As an owner of 18, vintage, and, late model Gibsons, I am very glad to report that, this is the first Gibson guitar, that I have ever purchased,from anyone, that did not have to be totally,"set up", after I recieved it. I put my GHS boomers on it, and played the whole, New Years weekend, with this guitar. This this not only sounds phenominal, but also, plays as well, as any Gibson I have ever gotten, including, my plek dressed, Les Paul,gold top. This guitar,is absolutely, the best, Gibson, value, that I have ever gotten, over the past 40 years! Definately, a, smoker!!!!!

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    5.0

    Explorer = awesome!

    By Ian 365

    from Kansas

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I tried this guitar at my local music store and all I can say is WOW! This guitar is as great as I had hoped. Many people say this guitar is awesome at playing metal, and it is, but it also plays great classic rock and blues-rock like ZZ-Top and can play the sparkling cleans seen in U2's music. Another complain of many reviewers is that it is difficult to play sitting down, but I found it easy to play. Further more, the neck is thin and easy to play, the fret board (both the rosewood on the Cherry or Black finishes and the ebony on the white) feels smooth and looks great. I am used to an Epiphone SG 310, so the Explorer felt a little heavy, about the same weight as a Les Paul. Before I played this guitar I only wanted a Fender. When I have the money, I'm getting this guitar!

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    4.0

    Simply Amazing

    By Kyle London

    from Louisville, Kentucky

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    You can't go wrong with Gibson guitars and the Explorer is the top of the line. While still holding the features of SG's or LP's the Explorer doesn't hold the odd shape of SG's or the weight of LP's. This guitar is absolutely amazing. If you're willing to spend the money on a Gibson pick up the Explorer.
    The Gibson Explorer has the standard setup of two humbuckers and a volume/volume/tone control. That's nothing too special to most, but I really like the volume/volume/tone control. You get amazing tones out of the Explorer by combining the two pickups, giving you options that guitars without this feature can't create. The neck on the Explorers are perfect to me. I personally can't stand the super-thin Strat necks and I prefer the larger Tele-style necks and the Explorer is the perfect fit between the two. I have a much greater range on the Explorer, but I am still able to keep my precision. One other interesting feature is that this guitar is amazingly balanced and light. The larger body is actually quite thin and it holds perfectly balanced at all times, plus it's extremely light.
    This is an absolutely gorgeous and amazing guitar. I have the white one and it's honestly the prettiest guitar I've ever seen. Aside from its gorgeous looks the Explorer plays perfectly and sounds absolutely wonderful.
    Typical Gibson quality with a typical Gibson price. Explorers are amazing guitars, but be prepared to spend a pretty penny on them. Definitely worth the price.

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    5.0

    FANTASTIC!!!

    By Joseph Trujillo

    from Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Just got the Heritage Cherry Explorer as a wedding present, and I can't believe how beautiful this guitar is! The neck is very fast, and the pickups respond well, whether playing clean or with distortion, and the overall tone is amazing,even when unplugged! It was well set up right out of the box, and I think that out of the 3 available finishes, the Heritage Cherry is the best. To anyone considering an Explorer, have a look at the Heritage Cherry. It won't disappoint.

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    5.0

    sweet action!

    By Jones7548

    from Springfield, MO

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I have mine set aside and will pick it up in a month and write a deeper review. Mine is a special natural finish with gold hardware. plays great and sounds PHAT! love it! i actually love the stock pickups. i think they add that rocker tone. Comes in a slick black case with white interior, its freakin bad! lol a great buy! get one. Not to mention Coheed and Cambria is my favorite band and Claudio plays these almost religiously. sweet tones !

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Buy for Any Musician

    By job1jt

    from Michigan

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I purchased my Explorer in the summer of '08 and never looked back. After years of playing with cheap guitars and basses, it only made sense to step up to the plate and deliver the home run by making this purchase. I'm a big Metallica and Judas Priest fan (especially the early stuff) and this guitar delivers the punch any rock, metal, or even blues type player. Excellent buy, worth every penny.

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    5.0

    Best guitar ever!!!!!!!!!!

    By guitarman666

    from Hawaii

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is the most metal guitar ever It holds tune so well it is not even funny is is really awesome for doing solo's the neck is awesome playability and action beats any other guitar ever!. Get one.

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