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Gibson Limited Run Explorer with Tremolo Electric Guitar

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The often-copied body of the Gibson Explorer with Tremolo Electric Guitar is solid mahogany for a fat and punchy sound, while the 496R Hot Ceramic an...Click To Read More About This Product

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The sharp, radical design now offers the added expression of a tremolo.

The often-copied body of the Gibson Explorer with Tremolo 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 addition of a full-on Floyd Rose tremolo takes this axe from legendary to other-wordly. Features include a 22-fret obeche fingerboard with dot inlays and Grover machine heads. Made in the USA. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

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  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck with slim fast Explorer shape
  • Obeche fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • Floyd Rose tremolo bridge
  • Floyd Rose locking nut
  • Gibson PLEK system nut slotting
  • Gibson 500T Super Ceramic bridge humbucker
  • Gibson 496R Hot Ceramic neck humbucker
  • 2 volume, 1 master tone control
  • 3-way Switchcaft pickup switch
  • Mini Grover kidney tuners
  • Chrome hardware

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GibsonLimited Run Explorer with Tremolo Electric Guitar

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Explorer w/ Floyd Rose

By Jacob Carter

from WA State

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Explorer with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

So, I guess overall, this is a really good guitar. It plays nice, it looks nice, it sounds nice, and since it's limited, you know not everyone is going to have one. The only knocks I have on it are the stripped screw from the factory, the less-than-stellar setup from the factory, and the slightly muddy neck pickup. I'd recommend the guitar if you've always wanted the white Explorer with the Floyd Rose like I have.
I've had this thing for about 6 months now. As far as features go, the 500T humbucker in the bridge is GREAT for hard rock. It can also get some pretty good classic metal tones if you dial your amp right. I wouldn't go and play any extreme metal with it (maybe rhythm, but not lead), but they are indeed hot. The 496R in the bridge is kinda muddy for my tastes though. I typically stick to the bridge pickup. As far as cleans go, I wouldn't pick this guitar to record any clean parts in the studio. It would suffice for live play, but the cleans aren't exactly shimmering. The Floyd Rose is great. Stays in tune, and I've had no issues with it whatsoever. The tuners also hold the tuning nicely as well. The neck is smooth. The action from the factory was a bit high for my tastes, so a little adjusting had to be done. Now, I can solo to my hearts content. The case was also something I really enjoyed. It smelled of vanilla, and it fits the guitar very well.
Alright. I do have a bit of bickering to do about this guitar. It has to do with the way it was set up in the factory. First of all, the action was pretty damn high. High enough that it didn't have very good sustain when I would bend strings on the upper frets. That was solved with a good setup from a trustworthy guitar shop in my area. However, one thing that was discovered that isn't very easy to fix is that one of the screws in the guitar that holds the Floyd rose in place was almost completely stripped. When purchasesing a guitar for this much for a guitar from a "reputable" brand like Gibson, I'd have expected better than this. The guitar still functions fine, but if i ever have to have any adjustments made, it'll be a nice little pain in the *ss to do it. I'll eventually have to replace the screw, but this shouldn't have been an issue in the first place.

My favorite part of this guitar quality-wise is the finish. Very lovely finish. I love the white.
I don't have much to say here. If the guitar came set-up almost perfectly from the factory with no defects (such as stripped screws), then it would have been worth the $$$$ I paid for it. However, some assembly was obviously required. So I wouldn't say it was quite worth the $$$$ I paid for it. It's a darn sexy guitar though, and once it's set up, it plays great. So I don't regret my purchase at all.

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Limited Run Gibson Explorer

By Mark Dries

from Milwaukee

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Explorer with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

sad to spend this much and get less quality than an Epiphone. I have 5 other Gibsons and
none of them have these problems.
I got a "used" Limited Run White Gibson Explorer, and it arrived promply and was in great condition. However, as I went adjust the Floyd Rose locking tremolo, I found I couldn't keep the guitar in tune, even without using the tremelo. I did all the string stretching, etc as per usual.Finally,
I took the guitar to Luthierto have it set up.He told me the knife edge on the Floyd was"iffy".
I thought this was odd for an expensive Gibson, so I wentto a second (awesome, but very expensive)
Luthier, who told me the same thing. I was going to return the Guitar, but I had bought a matching
Gibson Flying V w/the Floyd Rose setup.I took this to the second Luthier also and he showed me that the Floyds now just use a cast brass bar instead of the hardened machine steel they use to use.
Basically, if I expect to use the tremolo, I can't rely on being in tune. What's the point? Very dissapointing for a $1400.00 guitar, let alone two $1,400.00 guitars. I guess I will have to buy
Shallers for another$250 each to make them playable.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Explorer Tremolo

By Stephane Leroy

from canada

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Explorer with Tremolo Electric Guitar:

Again it's an excellent guitar for the price. It's a guitar that leaves you with the impression of a manufacturer that has tried to do some compromise with material to keep the price down while never compromising on sound and they've just achieved that
It's a gibson Explorer so nothing much of a surprise here. Powerful sound from the ceramic pickups, specially loud and punchy on muted rhythms. If you like fast, speed muted rhythms that guitar will kill anything. And I have a Jackson Custom 7 strings with EMG 81-7, a Wayne Charvel and a ESP Custom George Lynch. The explorer just blast all those, at a way lower price.
Overal it looks like a quickly made guitar from a finish standpoint. Surprising for a Gibson USA. I looked at a Fender Deluxe USA and it's way better finished. No strp lock, the Floyd routing as explained in some reports is sketchily done. You can see some cuts and woods material coming up of it and painted over. Weird for a USA made guitar. It feels very very light ! It's lighter than my Fender Strat Deluxe !!, and it's Mahogany. The Floyd is the Korean "Original" not the German made Floyd. The Obeche wood isn't as sexy as ebony and feels rough. And you can see it's been painted over. Anyway, it does look cheap but it does the job in every aspects. The Floyd stays in tune, the woods scraps on the tremolo routing don't really matter, the Obeche fingerboard works great, and the guitar sounds absolutely huge. So what is it to complain. Well, if you are after a collector, I think you will be disapointed but if you are after an explorer to play then it's your gear. The Floyd is Korean but it works, and with a special grease here and there it does the job. I put some grease on the tremolo arm location and it contributed to fixing the issue of the arm staying loose despite tightening the screw. So put grease ! As for the setup, ,mine came up decently setup out of factory. The intonation was quasi perfect. I just needed to adjust a bit the action up because there was some buzz. Changed the strings. And that is it. The pickups can be adjusted to your taste bu came decently setup
Super cheap for a Gibson USA. Despite some quality flaws, nothing comes in the way of playability and huge tone. After all, that's what we want. Collectors can spend their 5,000 on a vintage one with rare woods while we'll rock with ours in studios with friends

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