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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 humbu...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 179 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (164)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

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    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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 of 8 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!!!!!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(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.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

questioning all the five star reviews

By Hella V

from Dallas TX

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

I think many of the five star reviews for this guitar are just people excited to have a new Gibson. This guitar is substandard in many ways. If you want it to stay in tune, you'll need a new nut and locking tuners right away. If you want to bend strings without breaking them, you'll need to replace the '50s technology fulcrum bridge with something better. If you don't want to drop the thing on stage, you'll need strap locks. And if you want any kind of decent sound, you'll need to replace the stock weak pickups (which is what everyone does). Not bashing the guitar, just stating facts. Gibson is cheap as all get-out when it comes to the above.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar rocks!!!

By Rob

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)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

allen collins' old buddy

By Allen Collins' old friend

from Salina,KS

Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

This guitar is awesome...when allen passed away of pnuemonia...i got his explorer....and i love it,allen taught me how to play the freebird solo back in '77...and it only sounds good on an explorer...if you can't afford a gibson...get a epiphone......r.i.p allen

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet action!

By Jones7548

from Springfield, MO

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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 !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Lauren

from Alexandria, VA

Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

This is the most beautiful guitar. The pictures of the heritage cherry don't do it any justice. It's absolutely beautiful. The action is so fast on this neck, it's unreal. It is surprisingly light, and well balanced. The only thing that I would change would be the huge, heavy case that comes with the explorer. I love this axe.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome.

By Mr. Krinkle

from Freeport, IL

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Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

Don't let the price tag fool you; your really getting what you pay for. I played an ebony one through a Marshall stack (don't remember the specific model), and it's just crazy. It's got some of the heaviest sounds I've heard, and it's perfect for metal. Seriously, people on here aren't lying when they say it's lighter than a Les Paul. It doesn't seem possible, but it's true. If you're fortunate enough to have the money, get this or a Flying V. You'll be blown away...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolute Best For Rock

By ---mjb---

from Holland, MI

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Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar because James Hetfield (Metallica) has one, and it is the best choice I ever made! Excellent fat sound. Awesome all around!

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