Gibson Explorer

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About Gibson Explorer

The Gibson Explorer is a bold electric guitar that has for decades struck a chord with Hard Rock and Metal guitarists. Developed alongside the Flying V back in 1958 as part of what later became known as the 'Futura' series, the Explorer's unusual angular shape has been adopted by a large number of prominent metal bands including Metallica and Mastodon. Many guitar manufacturers have appropriated this iconic shape for their own uses but Gibson's original remains the classic.

Made with a large Mahogany body and featuring a set neck and two humbuckers, the Gibson Explorer's signature tone is thick, punchy and sustaining. The shape balances particularly well when hung from a guitar strap and the customary slim taper neck makes riffing and soloing a pleasingly easy experience.

This most famous of Gibson electric guitars is a perennial favourite. We always keep good stocks of Gibson Explorers available throughout our UK based guitarguitar stores. We are also one of only a small handful of authorised Gibson Custom Shop dealers in the UK, and can offer models such as the superb Explorer Custom among others that are rarely seen. Browse the full selection here online or visit us to view our Gibson Explorers in person.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson Explorer

The Gibson Explorer is popular outside of metal genres too. You often find players including U2's The Edge and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons playing Explorer guitars.
The standard model of the Gibson Explorer is often available in Heritage Cherry and Ebony. The 2018 version comes in Natural, a nod to the famous 'Korina' models of the late fifties.
The Gibson Explorer has Gibson's standard scale length of 24.75".