Gibson ’80s Explorer Solidbody Electric Guitar – Ebony

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Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups – Ebony

The Most Aggressive Iteration of Gibson’s Explorer

Ready to rock straight out of 1984, the Gibson ’80s Explorer is a stunningly accurate tribute to the decade when the rest of the world finally caught up to the instrument’s retro-futuristic edge. From the pickguard-less mahogany body to the binding-free neck, the Gibson ’80s Explorer is all aggression and attitude — qualities mirrored by this guitar’s dual high-output uncovered ’80s Tribute Humbuckers, providing you with a fatter, more powerful tone than any vintage-style PAF. Next, the neck’s fast-playing Gibson Slim Taper mahogany neck is topped with a sleek 12-inch radius rosewood fingerboard and medium jumbo frets for effortless playability in any application. You also get a rock-solid hardware configuration of a classic Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge/stoptail and Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners for incredible sustain and the utmost reliability. Celebrate the era where the Explorer truly made its mark with the Gibson ’80s Explorer!

A neck built for speed

This guitar’s aerodynamic edges aren’t the only speed-inclined spec on this guitar — the Gibson ’80s Explorer’s rosewood-topped-mahogany neck is carved into a Gibson Slim Taper profile for a lightning-fast feel. The fingerboard’s bend-friendly 12-inch radius and medium jumbo frets are equally accommodating to any guitarist with a penchant for fretboard finesse, and it’s all finished off with period-correct Grover Mini Rotomatic Tuners.

Full, fat ’80s Tribute humbucker pickups

The Gibson ’80s Explorer comes equipped with a pair of searing ’80s Tribute humbuckers custom-voiced to capture the screaming leads and hard-hitting metal riffage of this guitar’s titular era. These humbuckers are ideal for players who find a PAF-style ’bucker just a tad too tame. And while ’80s Tribute Humbuckers are certainly a must-have choice for any fan of old-school metal and hard rock, they’re by no means a 1-trick pony. Turn off the distortion for a moment, and you’ll be rewarded with lush, airy cleans, just waiting to be doused in proper ’80s-accurate chorus. Finally, the electronics are wired up to true vintage specs with period-correct Orange Drop capacitors.

Two decades ahead of its time

It’s hard to imagine now, but the two heaviest-looking guitars in Gibson’s arsenal — the Explorer and the Flying V — were introduced in the late ’50s. Unfortunately, the designs were a little too successful at capturing the intended look of the future, and both the V and the Explorer saw limited success for a time. Gibson’s ’80s Explorer and ’80s Flying V instruments celebrate the era when the world finally caught up to Gibson’s aggressive 6-string creations, when both the Flying V and Explorer shapes would be cemented as the style for heavy metal and hard rock guitarists ever after. Both guitars heavily reflect the specs of a 1984-era Gibson, sporting black-on-black finishes, pickguard-less bodies, binding-less necks, and uncovered pickups for a no-nonsense attitude.

Gibson ’80s Explorer Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • Heavily based on how Gibson would have shipped an Explorer back in 1984
  • No-nonsense aesthetic, including a pickguard-less body, uncovered pickups, binding-free neck, and moody black-on-black aesthetic
  • Lightweight mahogany body for enhanced tonal warmth and richness
  • Mahogany neck carved into a lightning-fast Gibson Slim Taper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard in a 12-inch radius with medium jumbo frets provides slick playability and buzz-free bends up and down the ’board
  • High-octane Gibson ’80s Tribute humbuckers produce a raw, ripping tone that’s fatter and more powerful than a low-output vintage-style humbucker
  • Premium wiring, including Orange Drop capacitors
  • Exceptionally reliable Nashville Tune-o-matic stoptail bridge and Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners
  • Gloss nitrocellulose finish allows your guitar to age and wear in over time

Tech Specs

  • Number of Strings6
  • Left-/Right-handedRight-handed
  • BODY
  • Body TypeSolidbody
  • Body ShapeExplorer
  • Body MaterialMahogany
  • Body FinishGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • ColorEbony
  • NECK
  • Neck MaterialMahogany
  • Neck ShapeSlim Taper
  • Neck JointSet Neck
  • Radius12″
  • Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
  • Fingerboard InlayDots
  • Number of Frets22, Medium, Nickel
  • Scale Length24.75″
  • Nut Width1.695″
  • Nut MaterialGraph Tech
  • Bridge/TailpieceNashville Tune-O-Matic with Stopbar
  • TunersGrover mini Rotomatics
  • Neck PickupGibson 80’s Tribute Humbucker
  • Bridge PickupGibson 80’s Tribute Humbucker
  • Controls2 x volume, 1 x tone
  • Switching3-way toggle pickup switch

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