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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 later ” those same models are some of the most prized c... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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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Amazing guitar

By Wes

from langley

What an amazing guitar! This guitar has an amazing look, great sound and is pure gibson. If you are looking for a guitar that is more than worth the money, this guitar is essential. I took one look at this guitar and knew it was for me. All of it's pickups sound great. GET THIS GUITAR.

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Lovely instrument

By R.Reece

from Orinda, CA

This reissue is a little easier to handle than the classic korina-wood Explorer and Flying V, as it's made of mahogany with a maple top. It's a light mahogany; supposedly Gibson saves the good stuff for special models like this. It may be lighter, but this Explorer still has strong sustain. It is made with sufficient precision to enable a very low, fast setup that makes it highly playable. The absence of a pickguard may bother you, but I enjoy the looks. The ebony fretboard is reminiscent of my 1975 SG, though the neck is wider. Ebony > rosewood, all day long. Feels smoother, faster and surer. I always wanted to hear how well Gibson could duplicate the PAF pickup sound. Old Gibsons seemed to be unique individuals--some subdued, some hot and nasty. My 50th anniversary Explorer sounds like it wants to play Sabbath all day. It elicits warm, smooth distortion from tube amplification, and it doesn't need compression to make it more playable. The onboard electronics are traditionally basic. The major upgrade is the gearless tuners. They're really easy to use, though the sticky, primitive nut erodes their precision. This guitar comes with a very nice case, too. The brimstone Explorer is the Explorer I always wanted without having to pay up for a museum piece.

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