Gibson Explorer

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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: Are Gibson Explorers any good?
    Absolutely, the fact that the Gibson Explorer has been played by some of the finest guitarists of all time, including Eric Clapton, James Hetfield (Metallica), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and The Edge (U2) would suggest that they all agree.
    Question: Are all Gibson explorers the same?
    No, while the original Explorers were made out of Korina wood, most modern Explorers are made from Mahogany. With that said there are always variations to their features, like changes in pickup choices and hardware depending on the model. There have also been few quirky signature models, including Jason Hook from Five Finger Death Punch's design with an exposed pickup selector cavity, or Scorpions' Matthias Jabs' Gibson Explorer 90, which features a body that's 10% smaller than your average Explorer's.
    Question: How big is a Gibson Explorer?
    The Explorer shape is slightly stretched out compared to your standard guitar, with the absence of a top horn making it slightly narrower and the fin that points up towards you picking hand's elbow making it longer than most guitars. However, although it's slightly longer than your average guitar, the Explorer features a scale length which matches most other Gibson's at 24.75" (628.65mm). The design is actually extremely comfortable to play and the pointed lower horn and the ergonomic top half of the body also make it extremely practical for seated playing. Finally, its body's large mass also aids the Explorer's fantastic signature tone and sustain.
    Question: When did Gibson first produce the Explorer?
    The Explorer was first unveiled in 1958 as part of a line of guitars Gibson envisioned to offer a glimpse into the future of instrument design. This new line of guitars also featured the iconic Flying V.