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Gibson introduced the radically new, automobile influenced Explorer in 1958 along with the Flying V and mythical Moderne. Unlike tail fins, however, they didn’t take off. The model was built till 1959, then again for 1963. It wasn’t until the end of Cream days, with Eric Clapton using one, that it suddenly became interesting again. Other companies started copying it, and Gibson finally relaunched it in 1976.
The Gibson Explorer has been a more or less regular production model since then in a number of variations, mostly finding a home in harder rock bands; it’s seldom seen on Country stages.
- Years of Production: 1958-59, 1975 - 2012
- Body Style: Angled solidbody
- Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Rosewood fingerboard
- Dual uncovered "Dirty Fingers" humbuckers
- two volume and one tone control
- Nashville Tune-o-Matic Bridge with Stopbar Tailpiece
- Nickel Hardware
- Finish Specification: White
- 22 Frets
- Notable Players: The Edge, Billy Gibbons, James Hetfield