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The body of the Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar is solid mahogany for a fat and punchy sound, while the 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbuckers sizzle and snarl with aggressive authority. T... Click To Read More About This Product

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The body of the Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar is solid mahogany for a fat and punchy sound, while the 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbuckers sizzle and snarl with aggressive authority. The Explorer's radical design not only looks sharp, but it also offers excellent playing balance. Other features include a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and Grover machine heads. Made in the USA. Includes Gibson hardshell case. ---

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    GibsonExplorer Electric Guitar
     
    4.8

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    MY Favorite Weapon

    You can get the sweetest tones out from a Gibson explorer. I have been using this baby for 5 years and it is my favorite guitar by far. The clean is very nice when...Read complete review

    You can get the sweetest tones out from a Gibson explorer. I have been using this baby for 5 years and it is my favorite guitar by far. The clean is very nice when switching to bridge pick up. When you kick in that crunch pedal, all hell will break loose. Play all your favorite metal/rock riffs and rip your neighbor's ears off! The feel of this guitar is what I cannot get over. The paint finish is very smooth making the neck for easy sliding. The fret is made with precision and it is everything you expect from a Gibson. This is a great guitar.

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    Not Worth It

    I hav e played this guitar plenty of time hoping it will be better than the last time I played it, always in vain. One of my idols is Alan Collins of Lynurd Skynyrd...Read complete review

    I hav e played this guitar plenty of time hoping it will be better than the last time I played it, always in vain. One of my idols is Alan Collins of Lynurd Skynyrd and he plays an explorer. First of all this is a very heavy guitar, heavier that Les Pauls. Also the neck was not very fast, the pickups were very lifeless(I was surprised because Skynyrd sounds so good),and the the one I played had a whammy bar that did not work. If you are going to spend the money, the Epiphone version is much better than this one.

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    (142 of 184 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MY Favorite Weapon

    By goodkarma

    from Gaithersburg, Md

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    You can get the sweetest tones out from a Gibson explorer. I have been using this baby for 5 years and it is my favorite guitar by far. The clean is very nice when switching to bridge pick up. When you kick in that crunch pedal, all hell will break loose. Play all your favorite metal/rock riffs and rip your neighbor's ears off! The feel of this guitar is what I cannot get over. The paint finish is very smooth making the neck for easy sliding. The fret is made with precision and it is everything you expect from a Gibson. This is a great guitar.

    (49 of 74 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Guitar

    By Gibbyguy4598

    from Boston massachussetts

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I recently bought this guitar from guitar center and I couldnt be more pleased with it. The pinch harmonics that come out of this guitar are amazing! I run it through a marshall cab and crate head and it is the perfect match. This guitar is very versatile it sounds great with metal or jazz. The neck finish perfectly matches the body. The cherry finish is breath taking. I like everything about this guitar.

    (31 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing guitar!

    By Erstauf

    from Stockbridge, Ga

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Everyone from blues to jazz to metal players will tell you, this guitar is the main one to get. I use it as my main guitar while playing with my band and I have never had any problems with it. The pickups that come on it are superb and the neck glides so easily, I would recommend this guitar to anyone who knows how to play. Not for beginners.

    (29 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    X-plorer

    By llamapoo

    from Texas!

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    It was either this or the SG, but i like the explorer more because of the sound and the balance. The neck doesnt hang low like my BC Rich which is awesome and i dont have to tune very often. Stock pickups are pretty good and i love how durable it is. I've already banged it on the wall a couple times on accident and so far nothing chip or scratched unlike my BC Rich. You should buy this guitar now or your not considered a human being!!!

    (29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Super Metal Guitar

    By ComradeSoviet

    from McKinney, Texas

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    With it's revolutionary body stlyle made from excelent wood and equiped with the most amazing technology from the ever-so-amazing Gibson Guitar Corporation, the Gibson Explorer is a definite must have for any guitar collector. It's no lie. This axe is a true metal machine which will bleed with the most extreme forms of heavy, thrash, melodic, and death metal that you could ever wish for. With it's 496R and 500T pickups, it is indeed the guitar made for those who wish to rock the house.............WITH MEGA METAL!!! I am a proud owner of one of these babies and have absoultely no complaints. It's simple perfection at it's prime. I would not trade this guitar for the whole world. It's that great. If your pockets aren't nervous, definetly consider this beauty for your collection. You won't be dissapointed and you will rock like never before.

    (24 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I wan't an Explorer!

    By Marcuson

    from Milford, IL

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I purchased my first Gibson Explorer in 1978, It was a natural mahogany with gold hardware. It playede everything from Blues to Jazz to Heavy Metal. Stayed in tune always and NEVER let me down. Due to unfortunate circumstances we parted ways. I recently test drove a brand new explorer at GC here in Chicago and let me say that is is every bit as nice as my 78. I plan to purchase one as soon as tax returns come in. Clayton

    (22 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best guitar ever!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    The Gibson Explorer is the most durable, coolest looking, and great playing guitars. If u think its heavy, go to the gym. This guitar is awsome for thrash metal and hard rock. And is great with everything else.

    (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Outstanding Guitar for Any Style

    By Ben

    from Washington, DC

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I bought an Explorer in black two years ago, and I will say that out of every guitar I've ever owned (LTD, Ibanez, Fender, Carvin) this guitar had the most bite, the best tone, and the best look for the price. I will never ever put anything but a 500T in my bridge pick-up slot again. When I used my back-up guitar for different tunings I actually had to turn my amp up to compensate for the difference. These pick-ups are HOT!!! I ran this thing through a couple of foot switches and into my Mesa Dual Rectifier. Best tone I've EVER gotten! Not sure what folks are complaining about as far as weight goes. I was surprised by how light this guitar is right off the bat. It made playing live a complete breeze. I always got compliments on it too. Hardware is solid (including the tone knobs you dinguses). Only thing I would improve upon is the tuning machines. I'm not a fan of Grovers at all, and would absolutely upgrade to locking tuners. I will be buying a new one in white very soon. Believe the 4 and 5 star reviews!!!

    (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING!!!!

    By Danny

    from Miami

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    THIS GUITAR IS WORTH PAYING THE MONEY!!!! I bought one in classic white with an ebony fingerboard and it is soooo brutal and its all stock too!!! The guitar holds tune very well with the grover tuners. The pickups are hot, i did not need to change them at all. With the stock pickups, it sounds more brutal than my les paul studio which has active EMGs installed in it!!!! That is just amazing. If you are looking for a perfect axe of rock or thrash, this is the guitar for you, the neck pickup is also very bluesy sounding. It sounds bluesier than any strat on a blues channel with the neck pickup on. Get it, its worth the money.

    (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beast!! thats all I can say!

    By Thrasher

    from St. Louis Missouri

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is absolutley a beast. No doubt about it. Just the look of it gives you the feel of its power. I looked and played this guitar for a year at my local Guitarcenter before i had the guts to buy it. I love the look and feel but nothing made me more shocked than when i plugged this beast in. I had broken my gain pedal so i just ran my Guitar through the clean channel on my Marshall MG50FX.....it shook my house!!! Literally it shook my room. I couldnt believe it, so i went to my amp to see how loud i set it....the master was half way off, as the regular volume. This guitar has power. I cant wait to get my pedal so see, feel, and hear the true power of this amazing piece of art. All I can say is it is amazing and i recommend it to anyone, because it is versitale in many genres of music. I mostly play metal on it by I have to admit i played some little slow peaceful songs and stuff like that. This guitar has not let me down yet. This guitar deserves to be played so....GO BUY IT NOW!!! you wont regret it!

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the essential guitar for any metalhead

    By reaper666

    from hillsborough, new jersey

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    From the moment I walked in to guitar center today and pluged in an explorer, I knew it would be perfect. I started playing master of puppets by metallica, and the sound I got from this guitar was unbelivable. it had that kind of sonic punch that i was looking for. that kind of punch that you have to pull teeth out of your knuckles afterwards. i tried doing some scales and playing the trooper by iron maiden and it was flawless. it never let me down. anything id throw at it it made it sound like nothing id heard before. for those about to rock, we recomend the explorer.

    (11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice

    By DeanMLX

    from Machesney Park, IL

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I was looking for my second guitar one day at Guitar Center, when I was thinking of another unique guitar that is beautiful (I currently own a Dean ML X), then I saw it - a red Gibson Explorer. These guitars are perfect for anybody! Yes they are pretty expensive BUT the are my most favorite Gibson, are comfortable to play due to unique shape and they come with a hardshell case. What is not to like. Own one of the best guitars out there, I know I will own one (just got to save up money)

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    5 stars is too low!

    By cody denton

    from california

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar, no matter what you play, this is the guitar to get. If your into blues its got the perfect tone, if you like classic rock its got the perfect sound. Or if youre like me and like the crunching tone of a good metal song its got it! Comfortable standing and sitting, plus the case is all shag carpet inside to keep your baby safe. The only downside is that it is a little heavy when in the case and youre hauling it around. But other than that its wonderfully awesome.

    (9 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Gibson rocks hard!

    By Grady D.

    from Texas

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Man, I love this Gibson Explorer! I bought it in white and I love it. Everything is wonderful, and I'm thinking, the next thing I'll do to it, is slap a bigsby on this badboy!

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Explorer!!

    By Skwisgaar

    from Florida

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Okay, so I saved up for my whole summer for a Gibson Explorer, which I had my eyes set on for so long. I'm a fan of Coheed, so if you like to play that, this guitar is perfect for that. It has great balance, it is feels amazing. It feels sturdy, and you know you can rely on it. The frets are amazing, and you can get some tones from all kinds of music. (Coheed!) Plus, the hard case it comes with is killer. If Armageddon happened, only two things would survive, the cockroaches, and the Explorer. Woo!The only downfall is that it doesn't stay in tune very well, if you bend a lot, but that can be fixed. Any potential buyers of the Explorer, I say go for it. It definately is a big upgrade from the Jackson Kelly. (No offense, Kelly.) (: Enjoy!

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Beautiful Device

    By Denny

    from Boston, MA

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is my first Gibson, and I must say, I'm extremely impressed and satisfied with my purchase. For the last two years, I've been using an Ibanez electric, and I was completely blown away by how much stronger a guitar this Explorer is. Amazingly rich, and deep. The pickups bring through a clear and deliberate sound even when I have the distortion turned up irresponsibly high. With clean sound, there are more overtones than I know what to do with, and open strings will dig a sonic hole in your mind. On top of this, the body shape is incredibly sexy. Worth every penny.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best guitar ever made.

    By Riechard

    from Saginaw, MI

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I always wanted an Explorer. I went into Guitar Center to try one. First of all, the service was unbelivable. I was sitting there playing one after I had my strat repaired, in less than 10 muinets after I entered. The guitar was too comfortable for words. It felt like it was built for me. The body was wide, keeping my arms suppourted. The neck was fast. The guitar came in standard EADGBe, and the lows were fat and heavy, and the highs were powerful and peircing. This is the best guitar ever made. My dream is to have one with an EMG 85 at the bridge, and an 81 at the neck. This is the best lead guitar avalible, and the best rythm guitar to go with it is a Flying V with an 81 bridge and a 60 neck. Thank you, Gibson, for the best guitar ever.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for rock mucicans

    By Dean Cole

    from Ohio

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    The this was one of my first guitars and probaly one of my most liked as well as most used. This guitar can let out some great tones. It's durable and i think it can even raval a les paul......... I have both and the les paul is awsome but it can get old kind of fast. Everyone has one! However the Explorer is always loved by crowds.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pure Amazing!

    By Thomas Rife

    from Fort Collins, CO

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is so beautiful and fun to play, I love it more every time I play it. Its hot, high, and round sludgy sound is perfect for my metal and also perfect for my clean stuff as well. This guitar is absoluetly perfect for metal, and it even has a metal look to it, I recomend this guitar for everyone, so hook it up and see for yourself!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Super Metal Monster

    By ComradeSoviet

    from McKinney, Texas

    Comments about Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is everything you'd want in a guitar made for the most extreme forms of super metal. I have owned this guitar since June of 2008 and have yet to let it leave my hands except for sleep and eating. The 496R and the 500T humbuckers dish out a tone so super that when my friends heard it, they were instantly hooked and begged me to play it. The body is truly amazing with perfect weight distribution (contrary to the other people who know nothing of guitar and claim it's unbalanced). It hangs from a strap perfectly and I feel no weight disadvantage on any end of the guitar. Overall, this instrument is a legendary, comfortable, perfect-performance super guitar which will leave your audience always wanting more. A must have for any true guitarist and-or collector

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