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Gibson Reverse Explorer Electric Guitar Antique Walnut

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The limited edition Reverse Explorer ” Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for September 2008 ” is a guitar ready for the 21st century. Last year's Reverse Flying V triggered an unprecedented response fr... Click To Read More About This Product

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The limited edition Reverse Explorer ” Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for September 2008 ” is a guitar ready for the 21st century. Last year's Reverse Flying V triggered an unprecedented response from both players and collectors. Once again, the engineers at Gibson USA have flipped the body of one of their most iconic guitars, and the result is stunning.

The Reverse Explorer's one-piece mahogany body is now inverted so that the small horn is on the upper bass-side bout extending upward, while the larger horn is now positioned on the lower treble-side bout, pointing downward. Highlighting the unique body outline is a carbon fiber pickguard shaped like a lightning bolt, extending the entire length of the body. The neck is a hybrid between Gibson's standard '50s rounded contour and its '60s slim-taper profile, topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with carbon fiber inlays at the fifth and 12th fret.

The Reverse Explorer also sports the rare, art deco-style Gibson logo ” found among old drawings belonging to Gibson President Ted McCarty. The headstock is a McCarty era-inspired shape, equipped with Steinberger Gearless Tuners for unparalleled tuning accuracy. In the neck position is Gibson's '57 Classic with a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge. The pole pieces for both pickups are concealed by pickup covers that are copper-plated and powder-coated, designed just for the Reverse Explorer. The rest of the guitar's hardware is gold-plated. The Reverse Explorer from Gibson USA comes only in an Antique Walnut finish, and comes housed in a custom Guitar of the Month case. Like all Guitars of the Month, production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.


  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Set-in
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Neck Shape: Explorer rounded
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • 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
  • Hardware color: Gold
  • Pickup selector: 3-way
  • Finish: Antique Walnut, Lacquer
  • Ted McCarty-designed headstock and logo
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Reverse Explorer -Nice Guitar

By kasey

from Cumming, GA

I just bought the Gibson LE Reverse Explorer. I knew when I ordered the guitar that it would be a strange looking axxe (reverse body, reverse Moderne "gumby" head with the funky tuners), that was sort of the charm. The finish is much darker than I expected. It is so dark, it almost looks black. With the darker finish you really can't see the woodgrain, which I had hoped to see. Still it looks nice and I am happy with how well it plays. The pickups sound great through my Marshall and the neck and action play very well. With the guitar turned backwards you can really get to the bottom register of the frets for those really high riffs. I will have to move a locking strap button to the back of the body (like most of my Explorers) since the stock strap button is currently on top of the "horn" which makes the guitar a bit awkward to play. All in all, I like the guitar and rate it a 5.

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