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Gibson Limited Run Explorer Electric Bass Guitar
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      Gibson Limited Run Explorer Electric Bass Guitar (H71170)
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A bass that finally brings the Explorer body form to the deep end where it belongs.

The Gibson Limited Run Explorer Electric Bass Guitar responds to requests from bassists around the globe who desire two things from a bass—massive sustain and distinctive looks. It features Gibson's classic body design that was first introduced in 1958 as a bold new electric guitar. Being too futuristic for the times, Gibson abandoned the body shape in 1959. Not until numerous copies had become successful sellers did Gibson resurrect the Explorer design for guitars in 1976.

As a bass, a version of the Explorer was manufactured by Gibson under the banner of Epiphone, but rarely under the Gibson name. Now the wait is over. With a set mahogany neck and all mahogany body, this Explorer bass provides the sustain and clarity of tone that performing bassists seek. Dual humbuckers produce plenty of power and sonic versatility. The body is finished to highlight perfectly the harmonious silhouette of this limited-run bass.

Gibson Limited Run Explorer Electric Bass Guitar Features:

  • Body Type: Explorer
    Body Wood: Mahogany
    Scale Length: 34"
    Neck Joint: Set
    Neck Wood: Mahogany
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Neck Shape: Slim Taper
    # frets: 20
    Nut Width: 1.695"
    Fretboard Radius: 12
    Bridge: Fixed
    Pickup Bridge: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
    Pickup Neck: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
    Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
    Tuners: Grover
    Hardware color: Chrome
    Pickup selector: 3-Way
    Limited run
    Case: Hardshell




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  • There is no questioning the awesomeness of this bass!

    As reviewed by Dex Hale on 1/13/2012

    Not really into online commenting, reviews, etc, but this is the easiest playing bass I've ever had. I finally got a Stingray & thought it was the bee's knee's, but this is even more like buttuh... The last bass I'll ever need(along with the Stingray). It doesn't sound like a 2x4 like the last Thunderbird I had; very punchy. Also, the neck is wider than a Jazz/T-bird, not quite as wide as a P. Also have the Epiphone Korina Explorer, but neck is wider than a P and sounds more like a T-bird(really have to boost highs & makes it a bitch to change ax's by readjusting settings). Plays pop-n-slap really easy...at least my version of it. Got it last night after expecting it in January. Sometimes they ship early I guess, but they were constantly adjusting shipping dates. Playabilty was perfect out of the box. Was planning on swapping out the bridge for a Hipshot, but screw it. Still might throw on a drop-d tuner tho. I know, lot's of purists out there about the silverburst, but it's a match made in heaven for an 80's throwback like me! I'm glad it's not just white or black or red...yawn

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  • This is one Sweet Bass Guitar

    As reviewed by John LaMascus on 12/24/2012

    Part of a review is the context..., I also own a MusicMan Stingray and a Warwick Corvette. I play them through a MarkBass rig. The tone on this Gibson ax is exactly where you expect and want it to be with good, clear sweetspots. Extra long and fast neck, but ergonomically correct, excellent for top of the neck finger-picking access. The body fits(again, perfect ergonomics as an arm-rest)just right and the sustain is wonderful. This bass guitar rings like a bell. Good hardware, good controls, feeling reasonably lightweight (mohogany in rich, warm sunburst) for such a physically large instrument. My Stingray gets a wider variety of tones, and my Warwick growls a little lower, but this ax is my go-to to pound out Bluesy Rock or anything aggressive. Never any issues with it playing live. Works well with my Boss pedals. People will occasionally come up to me and say "I like the tone..., that bass sounds really good". If you are all jazz or all church music, there are some appropriate other choices.., but if you are rocking and rolling, this is one totally sweet bass guitar for the price.

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