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Gibson Reverse Explorer Electric Guitar Antique Walnut
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The limited edition Reverse Explorer ” Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for September 2008 ” is a guitar ready for the 21st century. Last year's Reve...Click To Read More About This Product
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Gibson USA turns the guitar world upside down again by introducing the limited edition Reverse Explorer.
The limited edition Reverse Explorer ” Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for September 2008 ” is a guitar ready for the 21st century. Last year's Reverse Flying V triggered an unprecedented response from both players and collectors. Once again, the engineers at Gibson USA have flipped the body of one of their most iconic guitars, and the result is stunning.
The Reverse Explorer's one-piece mahogany body is now inverted so that the small horn is on the upper bass-side bout extending upward, while the larger horn is now positioned on the lower treble-side bout, pointing downward. Highlighting the unique body outline is a carbon fiber pickguard shaped like a lightning bolt, extending the entire length of the body. The neck is a hybrid between Gibson's standard '50s rounded contour and its '60s slim-taper profile, topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with carbon fiber inlays at the fifth and 12th fret.
The Reverse Explorer also sports the rare, art deco-style Gibson logo ” found among old drawings belonging to Gibson President Ted McCarty. The headstock is a McCarty era-inspired shape, equipped with Steinberger Gearless Tuners for unparalleled tuning accuracy. In the neck position is Gibson's '57 Classic with a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge. The pole pieces for both pickups are concealed by pickup covers that are copper-plated and powder-coated, designed just for the Reverse Explorer. The rest of the guitar's hardware is gold-plated. The Reverse Explorer from Gibson USA comes only in an Antique Walnut finish, and comes housed in a custom Guitar of the Month case. Like all Guitars of the Month, production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.
Body Wood: Mahogany
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Neck Joint: Set-in
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Shape: Explorer rounded
Nut Width: 1.6875"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Bridge: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic Plus
Pickup Neck: '57 Classic
Controls: 2 Vol, 1 Tone, 3 way pickup selector
Tuners: Steinberger Gearless
Hardware color: Gold
Pickup selector: 3-way
Finish: Antique Walnut, Lacquer
Ted McCarty-designed headstock and logo
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Seriously, who thought that headstock was a good idea?
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I sold my Limited Edition '99 Explorer to buy this Reverse Explorer as I really liked the 'look'. The '99 was Smoking Hot and so is this baby! I own several guitars, and this new Gibson is one of my favorites for sound and finish. The pickup covers are anodized copper--very cool. The gold hardware compliments the copper pickups well.One complaint is the lack of fret finishing! Gibson should be ashamed to ship a $3000 list instrument with this barbed wire. They're only making a thousand Reverse Explorers; couldn't they at least polish the sharp edges?! I'd send it back but would probably just get the same level of 'workmanship' on the fret ends.All in all, I think this will become a sought after collector based on its sound, looks and uniqueness. But I like it for me!