The Gibson USA 2018 Explorer Electric Guitar in Antique Natural is everything you could want in a guitar - visually arresting, tonally powerful, and an unadulterated joy to perform with. If playing guitar was a guilty pleasure, then the Explorer would make the ultimate indulgence. Fortunately, we don't need to excuse ourselves for wanting a piece of this beauty. Each model is supplied with a hardshell case and accessory kit from Gibson, so you can transport yours in safety and keep it in top condition as you go. Don't hang about, do yourself a favour and grab yours now!
Striking body style
Ever since its introduction, the Explorer has forged its own path. The angular shape is a far cry from the rounder-bodied guitars in the Gibson family, and though it was initially released several decades ago, it is still light years ahead of the rest. The body is crafted using mahogany, a solid tonewood that is highly regarded due to its impressive midrange clout and enduring sustain. The weight across the body and neck is finely balanced to create a comfortable feel in the hands, making it an effortless guitar to perform with.
The sublime antique natural finish is protected by a coating of gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, preserving the tonewood for as long as possible so that it can age gracefully.
Solid and fast-playing neck
The set-in mahogany neck is firmly joined to the body of the Explorer, equipping it with a reassuringly unyielding feel in the hand. The neck is shaped to the slimtaper profile to add speed and dexterity to its arsenal. Married to the neck is a torrefied granadillo fingerboard, which is home to 22 frets that are decorated with acrylic dot position inlays for guidance. The neck also features a Tektoid nut which lubricates itself, consequently improving sustain and ensuring accuracy when returning to pitch.
The body shape and neck profile partnership comes together beautifully to ensure that your fretting hand has access to each fret, affording total mastery the fingerboard. The result is a playing experience unlike any other.
To give the 2018 Explorer the tonal palette it deserves, Gibson USA have fitted a pair of their BurstBucker pickups, with a 2 in the neck position, and a 3 in the bridge position. Both pickups are modelled on the hallowed PAF pickups. However, the BurstBucker 3 has been overwound, which is essence gives it a much beefier and hotter output. Control over the pickups comes in the form of independent volume controls, a master tone that controls both, and a three-way pickup selector switch. The range of tones available to allows the Explorer to tackle any musical genre with ease. Dial it back for a smoother, less in-your-face response. Alternatively, ramp up the level, push your amp, and let loose some punishing riffs.
The headstock is fitted with the highly-reliable Mini Grover Kidney tuners that boast a 14:01 gear ratio, you can rest assured that your strings will stay in tune no matter what. The body is home to an aluminium Tune-O-Matic bridge, which is partnered with an aluminium stopbar tailpiece to provide the perfect anchor point for the strings to optimise intonation and sustain throughout every performance.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2018 Explorer Electric Guitar Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Torrefied Granadillo Pickup Configuration HH Neck Profile Slim Taper No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Acrylic Dots Bridge/Tailpiece Aluminium Tune-O-Matic/Aluminium Stop Bar Active/Passive Passive Tuners Mini Grover Pickups Neck: BurstBucker 2 Bridge: BurstBucker 3 Controls 2 x Volume Master Tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Included Accessories Gibson Hardshell Case
Gibson Accessory Kit
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