Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar Review

The Gibson Explorer electric guitar is another one of those guitars that has a design that just stands out above the crowd. It has been favored by artists like James Hetfield (Metallica), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and The Edge (U2). The Explorer can handle a wide variety of genres. You can play anything from the Blues to Metal and not need another guitar.

The fat punchy sound associated with the Gibson Explorer can be attributed to the solid mahogany body, combined with the 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbuckers, which add a snarling aggressiveness. The design of the guitar not only looks great, but it makes for a very balanced guitar. Other features include a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and Grover machine heads.

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Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar Features:

  • Solid mahogany body
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Dual humbucker pickups (496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic)
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Grover machine heads
Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar Review, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

2 Responses

  1. Gibsonexplorergod says:

    This guitar is awesome. Mine came in white and the original pickups ahd been replaces with seymour duncans. its beautiful and sounds amazing both clean and distorted. This guitar wins.

  2. kb says:

    This guitar has the “woody” sound that I’ve not had after I sold my real 58 gibson double cut guitar. This guitar is not a Les Paul, it has it’s own sound. The sound of mahogany with the short scale length and the ebony board is brighter than all the other colors that come with the sorriest looking rosewood I’ve seen on a USA Gibson. I do not like the pickups in my Explorer or in the few LP’s I’ve had. I have EMG 85 f&R in mine and it is powerful with a unique sound. That guy James in the band Metallica has a similar setup and it seems to work for him as well. For the boy with a sticking nut i say = try lube or swap to graphite nut junior. This guitar has to be tuned the same way I hold it or it sounds horribly out of tune, this applies to all guitars to a degree but especially Gibsons. Tilt it just 2 inches and my tuning is off and wrong with the world. Not a bad guitar, not a guitar that forgives sloppy intonation like a good strat. This guitar is a good buy over most other Gibsons.

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