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Gibson Faded Explorer Electric Guitar

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The body of the Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar is solid mahogany for a fat and punchy sound, while the dual blazing-hot ceramic magnet humbuckers (4...Click To Read More About This Product

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Radically sharp design and excellent playing balance - look amazing in this exclusive Faded Series model.

The body of the Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar is solid mahogany for a fat and punchy sound, while the dual blazing-hot ceramic magnet humbuckers (496-R and 500-T) sizzle and snarl with aggressive authority. Other features include a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and Grover machine heads. Made in the USA.

  • Solid mahogany body
  • 496R/500T ceramic magnet humbuckers
  • 22 fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • with stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover tuners

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Explore everything

By Shred til im dead dude

from New Orleans, LA

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I just received the Gibson faded Explorer in the mail. I play it though a crate combo amp with a crybaby wah and bad monkey distortion. This guitar is extremely versitile. I can play everything from clean channel blues to extreme death metal and it all sounds fantastic. I like the finish on the worn cherry model. In person it looks distinctive. The finish is also very user friendly. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who looking to have just one versitile instrument. Get it now!!!!!!!!!


Gibson BEAST

By thisdaywilltell

from Pensacola, Fl

This guitar is the best thing I have ever played. I own Schecters and have been a Schecter guy from the moment I played one, but this guitar blows every other guitar away. From Fernandez to Ibanez, nothing holds a candle to this. The pickups scream. You can pinch harmonic every note, or play the most beautiful subtle chords. If you are into melting faces and shredding, definitely get this guitar!



By SIlver Side-gUtez

from San Diego

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Plain and simply put - amazing guitar. The neck is absolutely perfect...quick, sleek, and narrow enough for smaller hands to dig in and move around on. I dig the natural finished look, and at this price, what's the sense in paying hundreds more for a lackered finish that only slows your hand down as you play? The stock pickups are cool for rock/classic rock tones, but a no go for metal or anything requiring serious palm muting. That's why im slamming in my go to EMG's to take care of that. But for chording and soloing - insanely good with these stock pickups.

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By steenmobile

from D.C.

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The guitar is great, the neck is particularly phenominal with its unfinished back that doesnt clog up sweat and slow ya down; it also has a very comfortable C shape. The pickups are very hot, much hotter than JBs (thats a good thing) but they're hot in that kind of classic rock zeppelin way. They aren't quite as clear and bassy as I would like so I have different pickups for that. However, the pickups are still very very good, and extremely versatile: matched with the very responsive tone and volume controls (I couldn't believe how responsive they are) controls on the guitar, mellow blues and jazz tones are just a few turns away.I rated it a 5 on value because many people seem to rag on gibson because of their prices and that some of their guitars are "not worth it" I couldn't disagree more, and I bet tens of thousands agree with me that owning a gibson is owning something special, a part of history and true American culture that is being lost in America (there are so many immigrants where I live I want to cry) and fantastic, quality instruments with superior tonal qualities, but most of all, FEEL. thanks for reading


Excellent for the price!

By Evil Lincoln-GaVbE

from Indiana

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Well, I think I have found a guitar that I won't have to return! Let me explain the good points: First, you can drop the action down on this as far as you want to. The frets are totally level and dressed nicely. The pickups are probably the best stock pups I've ever played. The neck feels great! These guitars don't have a thick finish on them, but I do believe they are oiled or have some other thin protective coating. With that said, the back of the neck feels very nice and smooth. I got the brown finish and the rosewood fretboard looks killer with it. The tone gets a high rating from me...when you pick the strings you can feel the body vibrating. This is not a boat anchor! It's not too heavy and you can sit and play it with ease! If I could change it, I'd offer all black hardware with a black nut, but that's just me. If it had rosewood binding, it would be totally incredible. But as it is, it's a killer guitar and I can't say anything bad about it. The hardshell case is awesome, too! Stop thinking about it and buy it!



By pantallica

from ontario

i just bought this gutar, its amazing. the pickups sound great with this huge peice of un-laqured mahogany but im sure i can find something much better,the only downsides are, the nut,and it would have been great as a string thru body. im also not sure how to take care of the unfinished wood other than that the fret access is great because the neck sticks out further from the body (unlike a Les Paul) so your wrist is unstrained at the 12th fret. overall great guitar i recomend it to anyone who likes hard rock.


Great value.

By thrill74

from Alaska.

From the moment I saw this explorer I HAD to try it. Total tone machine. Setup was great and the finish is less pourous than some of the other faded finishes I've seen on the SG's. Great value.


An Extremely Solid Jack-of-All-Trades.

By Goodapollo

from Bowling Green, OH

I've been wanting a Gibson Explorer for about 3 solid years after seeing Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria playing one. I received an Epiphone SG special for Christmas of last year but was left wanting something more. On a recent trip to the music store, I saw a black Explorer and just had to play it. The body shape took a little getting used to, but it sounded absolutely perfect. the pickups in this guitar can let you play metal, blues, country, 80's rock, basically anything you can play, this guitar will play. I ordered my Worn Cherry explorer on a friday and received it the following wednesday. The guitar is absolutely amazing, and was set up perfectly out of the box. the reason I knocked a point for quality is because some of the frets were a little sharp and the cherry stain got on some of the fretboard near where the body meets the neck. I would have liked to mix the pickups more effectively in the center setting on the toggle switch, but a simple mod can fix that. Overall, this guitar absolutely screams with its awesome pickups and it is a joy to play with its fantastic weight distribution and extremely fast and thin neck. Whether it's blazing fast leads, or chunky rhythm palm-mutes, this guitar will do it all. The massive sustain doesn't hurt either. :) So quit sitting around and buy the thing! Just hope you get a good one like i did. I've heard Gibson's quality control has faltered in recent years. Not the case with mine though. I would easily recommend this guitar to anyone. Buy it.


Simply Great!

By Myspace.com/thesomethingsspace

from Columbia, South Carolina

I got this guitar after playing on my friend's epi SG faded and I gotta say it rocks. If your buying for the finish you wont be disappointed. I got mine in brown and the action is beyond anything else out there. The pickups are a bit rhythm oriented so I wouldn't try soloing with it but if your just looking for a deep earth shaking chord pounding rock machine this is it.


Gibson Exlorer Great Guitar/Fabulous Value!

By Cold Gin

from Las Vegas

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This is the 3rd Gibson Explorer that I have owned and my favorite for many reasons. The tone is clear and big just the way I like it! It has a unique and incredible look unlike many on the market and the value is wonderful! I owned an E/2 in 1981 which was very nice but VERY HEAVY. I owned a 1992 Explorer that was a factory disaster from the neck to the pick-ups, which I am sure is a matter of taste. This axe is the right weight, has the right pick-ups and the right look. I love it and I am proud and pleased to own it!

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