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Gibson Commemorative 50th Anniversary Explorer Brimstone Electric Guitar

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The world wasn't quite ready for the Gibson Explorer in 1958, as evidenced by production numbers that strained to meet 100 units. Now ” 50 years late...Click To Read More About This Product

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Combines the time-tested elements of the original with several modern appointments worthy of today's demanding players.

The world wasn't quite ready for the Gibson Explorer in 1958, as evidenced by production numbers that strained to meet 100 units. Now ” 50 years later ” those same models are some of the most prized collectible guitars in the world, and Gibson USA honors the legacy of this legendary electric guitar by introducing the 50-Year Commemorative Gibson Explorer.

The retro-style, solid mahogany body of this Guitar of the Month for October 2008 is as angular and asymmetrical today as it was the first day it left Gibson's Kalamazoo plant in 1958. Added, however, is a AA figured maple top with beveled edges, and a hotter-than-hell Brimstone Burst finish ” all exclusive features of this limited edition Explorer guitar. The headstock's unique Gibson logo was recently found in a warehouse, among some old drawings belonging to Gibson President Ted McCarty.

The neck is also one-piece mahogany with Gibson's traditional '50s rounded profile, topped by a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl split-block inlays and single-ply binding. The guitar is powered by two Gibson '57 Classic pickups, made to the same exact specs as the original PAFs of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and packing that unmistakable Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. Other select features on the Gibson Explorer include gold fret wire and hardware, Steinberger Gearless tuners, and a custom Guitar of the Month case from Gibson USA. Like all of Gibson USA's Guitars of the Month, production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.

  • Body Wood: Beveled solid mahogany
  • Top wood: AA-figured maple
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set-in
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony with split block inlay
  • Neck Shape: Explorer '50s rounded
  • Frets: 22, gold fretwire
  • Nut Width: 1-11/6"
  • 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
  • Knobs: Black top hat with gold inserts
  • Hardware: Gold plating
  • Finish: Brimstone, Lacquer
  • Ted McCarty-designed headstock logo
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By Hotbluerighteous

from Orinda, CA

Comparing this with real live korina-wood, vintage Explorers...It's lighter in weight, must be good mahogany under the maple top. It has an ebony fretboard, which I adore for its feel. It has gearless tuners, which are nice but undermined by the still-primitive nut. It has a sexy finish. It has no pickguard to hide that finish.The's Les Paul width without being Les Paul thick. Nice feel. I'm wondering how those gold frets are going to hold up, and exactly what I'm supposed to do when they're pitted.Pickups...very warm, pretty hot, nicely overdrives tubes. They are supposed to be PAF replicas, exactly what that means I don't know. I have heard a lot of different sounds out of various PAFs. These are well made, not squealy or noisy. Nice not to have the crap electronics that a lot of old Gibsons made you endure.This thing is easy to handle, very basic electronics, and they bothered to put a good pickup in the neck position, so it's usable.I can't yet say this is the secksy experience of a real live 1958 Gibson, call that a good '58 Gibson, but it is a satisfying instrument that does demonic quite well.

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50th Anniversary Explorer

By bthomas

from florida

I love this explorer. I have been through esp's, jacksons, and les pauls. This is by far the best instrument I have ever played. A bit pricey but if you have the cash it is incredible!!!

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