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Taking tone and attitude to new extremes, the Gibson Explorer Pro is perfectly attuned to the technical demands and punishing intensity of today's hard rock and heavy metal. Based on Gibson's legendary Explorer, the Explorer Pro is updated with a smaller, lightweight mahogany body and crushingly powerful 496R and 500T humbuckers. The Explorer Pro sports a natural finish with antique binding. With flashy looks and killer sound, the Explorer Pro is destined to rewrite the rules of rock 'n' roll.
Manufactured in Nashville, TN.
Reviewed by 8 customers
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This guitar is pretty much perfect. It plays beautifully- the neck, while not as thin as my ibanez, is not hefty by any means, and feels great. It took some time to get used to the frets-they're a little small, and I wish there were 24, instead of 22, but that's the only downside. After the extremely wide frets on my ibanez rg, any fretboard seems a little constricting, but I've gotten used to it.The pickups are VERY hot. Pinch harmonics will quickly become an essential flourish with this guitar. The neck is butter-smooth, however, and sustain is what you would expect from a gibson. If you can find one, don't hesitate.
This is the seventh guitar I've owned in my 12 years of playing. I bought one of these new from Musician's Friend in July 2007 and it is an absolutely perfect guitar. The sound, the body shape, the pickups, all features are exactly what I would want my guitar to have. I think this guitar is better than guitars I've played that cost twice as much. I love it, I love it, I love it! BUY ONE ALREADY!
I bought the sunburst guitar of the week 1 year ago. Out of the box it needed some work but what new guitar doesnt. Changed the bridge 500t to a dimebucker, and I think that pup was made for this guitar. This is the best axe Iv'e ever owned.Of course it is my first gibson, for all that my first non pawn shop guitar. Highly recomend for any guitar player. the smaller body was genius.
Received the Natural Version last week. After some minor neck, bridge and pickup adjustments it played wonderfully. Neck is pretty close to my '06 Les Paul Classic 60's neck. It's interesting that this has the same high output ceramic pickups as my LP, but seems to have a fatter tone and is not quite as edgy as the LP- not better, just different. It's also 5 lbs. lighter than my LP.
The Gibson Explorer is great guitar. The radical shape is cool and the 496R and 500T pickups are rocking, loud, strong and have nice tone. EMG's would only make it more awesome. Because of its heavy metal design, EMG's would intensify this tribute to metal Gibson. If you are a headbanger and you want a guitar that stays in tune when shredding and is reliable, get the Explorer.
I bought a vintage sunburst finish. Neck allowed me to find some hidden speed w/ riffs & licks. I have small hands & the neck & fretboard seemed a tad too small even for me but I think this helps w/ speed. Out of the case it tuned well & had good tone w/o plugging in. I have spent almost all my time on the bridge pup & it has good clarity & distortion. With all the different EQ, pre-amp, pedals, amps, etc, I would not decide to swap pup's. Body style is smaller than the standard but I cannot draw on memory exactly how much. At times palm muting seems hindered by the smaller size, but it could be just the body style that I am getting use to again. Action seemed slightly high out of the case, but this also allows me to dig in to the strings so I doubt I would change anything. Nice, lockable case w/ cool white, plush lining. Paint, neck & body binding are outstanding. Tuners, knobs, switch, & input jack all good. Paint color was a little more yellow/green vs. yellow/gold/brown & the flame was not as striking as in photos. Volume knob does not have gradual increase ? it jumps up at 1.5. Definitely inspired my metal rhythm play. The Gibson Explorer family is sweet but I am still searching for the right family member.
I bought one yesterday, it has an awesome heritage cherry finish. It plays great. I need to take it back and have it tweaked slightly to get the desired effect. The only things I've never liked about Gibson?s are the pick-ups. These are no exception. But, this can be cured with a pick-up swap. I'm thinking active EMG?s, or even Seymour Duncan?s. All in all, it?s a great guitar. I'd recommend it to anyone with the cash to buy it.
These are nice looking guitars, but I wish they would put out a regular sized Explorer with these finish types.I'd love to have a flame topped Explorer, but the smaller body is just not the same.