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Gibson: EXPLORER

(Item ID: EXPLORER    Serial#: 06247130)

Gibson EXPLORER 1977 Gibson Explorer with Original Case

General Description:

Intended to be part of the vanguard of new futuristic designs, the Gibson Explorer was introduced in 1958 alongside the notable Flying V and the more obscure, mythic Moderne. The original versions of the Explorer and Flying V were made with African Limba (a.k.a. Korina) and are considered some of the most desirable and rare vintage guitars to be had. At the outset, however, these modern designs were met with a lukewarm reception. Only 22 Korina Explorers were shipped in the first year, followed by an unknown number of examples comprised of leftover bodies outfitted with chrome hardware that were shipped before the model was discontinued in ’63—all in all, fewer than 50 are known to exist from the original era.

By the ‘70s, something had begun to change in the rock ‘n roll world. In 1976 Gibson reissued the Explorer featuring a mahogany body with new high-output SuperHumbuckers (a.k.a. “Tarbacks”), designed by notable pickup builder Bill Lawrence. Apart from the use of mahogany in lieu of Korina, these reissues were very faithful to the original design. During that time and since, the explorer was adopted by many now legendary players, including: Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Gary Moore, Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Pete Willis (early Def Leppard), Matthias Jabs (The Scorpions), the Edge (U2), and James Hetfield (Metallica). In particular the Explorer was embraced by hard rock and heavy metal players, who appreciated both the edgy looks and, where later Explorers are concerned, the higher output pickups. The popularity of the design amongst this demographic ultimately led to a fairly wide array of Explorer-styled offerings from abroad, like the Destroyer used by Eddie Van Halen on the first Van Halen album. Regardless of the era, the Gibson Explorer is a stylish classic with tons of swagger and rock ‘n roll chutzpah!


Cosmetic Condition:

This Explorer has lived with the same owner for many years, during which time it was very well maintained. Even so, being an instrument that was actively used, it has picked up some honest wear, including various dents and dings, some scratching around jack plate, and good amount of belt rash on back (especially near bass-side waist). The gold hardware has also oxidized in various places, particularly on the pickup covers. Upon arrival, we noted that the white pickguard had been over-sprayed with black paint, which we have since removed. Otherwise, this guitar has received our typical in-depth setup and preparation work, so it is ready to rock! VERY GOOD+ to EXCELLENT condition


Specifications:

• Offset mahogany body
• Natural finish
• Set mahogany neck
• Rosewood fingerboard with MOP dot inlays
• 22 medium jumbo frets
• Original Bill Lawrence-designed “Tarback” Superhumbuckers
• 3-way pickup selector switch
• Original gold 6-on-a-plate Kluson tuners
• Speed knobs (neck volume/bridge volume/master tone)
• 1 11/16” nut width
• 24 3/4” scale length
• White pickguard
• 8.4 lbs
• Includes original rectangular hardshell case. (used)

Our Price: $5250.00

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