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Gibson 2017 Explorer HP Electric Guitar


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  • Mahogany body protected by iconic Explorer pickguard
  • Classic Explorer body profile without weight relief
  • Sturdy mahogany neck shaped to the Explorer profile
  • 496R and 500T ceramic humbuckers offer searing tones
  • Improved G-FORCE auto tuning system with smoother, quieter gears
  • Aluminium bridge and tailpiece uphold intonation and sustain dutifully
  • Includes specially designed Gibson hardshell case, premium strap, multi-tool, polishing cloth, and owner's manual
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Delivery to UK mainland addresses* is FREE on orders over £75 and up to 30kg. (As a guide, a standard electric guitar weighs approx. 3-5kg).

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Delivery to Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. is weight dependant and will be indicated at the checkout

Delivery above 30kg to ANY location will vary according to weight and will be indicated at the checkout

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UK mainland*FREE on orders over £75 £4.45 on orders under £751-3 working days
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The Gibson 2017 Explorer HP Electric Guitar pushes the rock monster to greater heights than ever before. We've all seen the Explorer gracing the stages around the world in the hands of some of rock and metal's legendary guitarists, but not have been quite like this. The 2017 Explorer HP is draws from its legacy, and combines classic features with modern appointments to makes this the go-to riff machine for the next generation.

Lean, mean, shred machine

The sophisticated Explorer body has been crafted using multi-matched mahogany, which is free from binding to maximise the natural effect of the tonewood's finish. The finish is protected by a slender yet highly resilient layer of smooth hi-gloss 90 sheen lacquer. Even without weight relief, this beauty comes in at under 5lbs, making it a lightweight and joyful guitar to wield on stage. The flat body contour, combined with the deep double-cutaway profile makes it very comfortable to reach the highest frets with ease.

Fast-playing soloist neck

Fitted to the body is a solid and reliable single-piece mahogany neck, which is fitted using a mortis and tenon joint to establish a firm connection, and reinforced using Franklin Titebond 50 adhesive. The neck is shaped to the Explorer slim taper profile, which is weighted to improve balance and therefore maximise playing comfort. The 2017 model also features a newly designed fast-access heel, which removes any obstacles from your path to offer unparalleled access to the highest notes.

Married to the neck is a truly sublime rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 22 frets that are adorned with Mother-of-Pearl dot position inlays to guide your way in style. The 2017 model's fingerboard has been increased in thickness, which lends itself beautifully to the enhanced playing comfort that is aimed at making this the ideal neck for those who like to perform elaborate fretboard gymnastics.

Improved G-FORCE auto-tuning

Gibson has equipped the 2017 Explorer HP with an updated version of their G-FORCE auto-tuning system. This sits at the back of the headstock, and gives you access to alternate tunings and adjustment with greater speed and accuracy. The improved synchronized spur gear system operates smoothly and quietly, and boasts a highly impressive 40:01:00 gear ratio - you can rest assured that once your tuning is set, it will remain that way no matter how hard you rock out.

High-gain hardware

Fitted in the neck and bridge position respectively are the 496R and 500T, a pair of ceramic Gibson pickups that are quite frankly, high-gain beasts! The 496R is a high output pickup with an aggressive edge that cuts through the mix with a searing sustain. The 500T boasts an even higher output, with increased note definition and is absolutely perfect for dropping some weighty palm-muted chugging. Whether you're playing along to your favourite tracks at home, or blowing minds - and possibly a few ear drums - to an adoring crowd, these magnificent humbuckers will not disappoint.

Control over the pickups comes in the form of independent volume pots for each pickups, a master tone pot, and a silent, aviation-grade toggle switch for flawless pickup selection.

Gig-ready setup

Along with the G-FORCE tuning system, the Gibson 2017 Explorer HP has a titanium zero-fret adjustable nut, affording incredible tone, sustain and durability whilst allowing you to set string action with absolute precision. Fitted to the body is an aluminium Tune-o-Matic bridge with titanium saddles, which is partnered with an aluminium stopbar tailpiece with locking studs. The bridge/tailpiece combo creates a seamless connection between strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain.

Along with the classic Explorer headstock shape, body and neck profiles, and powerful output, Gibson have installed the iconic Explorer multi-ply pickguard. Each model is supplied with a specially designed Explorer hardshell case in brown, with plush interior to offer a stylish and protective companion. As well as a case, you will also receive a Gibson USA multi-tool, premium cloth, polishing cloth, and owner's manual.

Model2017 Explorer Traditional Electric Guitar
Body MaterialMahogany
Neck MaterialMahogany
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Pickup ConfigurationHH
Neck ProfileExplorer, Slim Taper
No. of Frets22
Position InlaysMother-of-Pearl Dot
Bridge/TailpieceTune-o-matic with steel thumbwheels / Stop Bar tailpiece with steel posts
Pickups Neck: 496R Ceramic
Bridge: 500T Ceramic
Controls Neck Volume
Bridge Volume
Master Tone
Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup,
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups,
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Included Accessories Explorer Hardshell Brown Case
Gibson USA Multi Tool
Gibson USA Premium Strap
Gibson USA Polishing Cloth
Gibson USA Owner's Manual
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