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About Gibson Explorer

The Gibson Explorer is one of the most standout guitars of all time. A genuine classic, it's loved not purely for its striking appearance, but also for its tone. This has made it a first choice for guitarists looking for an original sound and look.

The design originates from the late 50s and throughout the years, Gibson's Explorer has been featured in every genre. From country and blues, to new wave and metal, there is no place it hasn't been. As with all true greats, the Explorer excels for both rhythm and lead playing thanks to the pair of humbucker pickups. A wide range of tones are available and the angular body shape allows for easy high fret access.

As with all Gibson guitars, it is made in the United States and plays extremely well. If you've never tried one before, we recommend popping into one of our stores for a play so you can find out for yourself why the Explorer is so greatly loved!

What Makes The Gibson Explorer Different?

  • Its loved for its timeless unique design
  • The versatile tone makes it suitable for a wide range of musical styles
  • American made and extremely reliable
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson Explorer

    Question: When did Gibson first produce the Explorer?
    The Gibson Explorer was introduced, along with its sister model the Flying V, in 1958.
    Question: How big is a Gibson Explorer?
    There’s no doubt about it, the Explorer is a big guitar. You only have to look at the hard case to realise that! However, it doesn’t feel particularly big when playing it. There is no upper horn on an Explorer so you actually feel very close to the fingerboard. The scale length is exactly the same as other Gibson models at 24.75”. This makes it feel compact and easy to play. The unusual part is the stretch asymmetric lower bout which extends out behind your picking hand. This actually feels quite comfortable to rest your elbow against when seated and when playing balances the guitar nicely.
    Question: Are all Gibson Explorers the same?
    No, not all Gibson Explorers are the same. Differences in wood, pickups and hardware can have drastic effects on the tone. For example, the original Explorers were made from Korina wood - also known as Black Limba - whereas most modern Explorers use mahogany. There are even some Explorer models that have a slightly different shape. Matthias Jabs from The Scorpions has a signature Explorer model which is 10% smaller than the original shape.