Explore our Explorers

Unbelievably the Gibson Explorer has been around for almost 60 years!  It came into the world in 1958 as a triplet, created with its siblings - the famous Flying V (which was released in the same year) and the mysterious Moderne (that wasn’t released until 1982).  Living up to its name, the Explorer has been used to explore many different genres, going through the hands of country, blues, pop, rock and heavy metal guitarists.  My first sighting was being shredded by James Hetfield of Metallica, playing his 1984 “More Beer” Explorer.  He famously fell in love with the Explorer after the neck on his Flying V copy snapped, finding the shape, sound and durability to really suit his style of playing.  Since then, it didn’t surprise me to see many famous rock and metal musicians from Dave Grohl to Matt Heavy playing the American made rock-machine.  As I got older and expanded my tastes, I was pleasantly surprised to see the likes of Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, The Edge, ZZ-Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd also using this iconic instrument over the years!  If you find yourself in the possession of an original like Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, then get in touch with us as they’re worth mortgage money!  Until then, check out our new 2016 Cherry Red T model that's currently 25% off and our amazing Ebony 2005 Epiphone Korina!

Our Gibson Explorer 2016 T's solid mahogany body delivers a big and punchy sound, while the 496R Hot Ceramic and 500T Super Ceramic humbuckers snarl with aggressive authority!


  • Body: Solid, multiple-piece mahogany
  • Body contour: Flat
  • Finish: High-gloss nitrocellulose
  • Neck material: One-piece mahogany
  • Neck profile: Slim taper Explorer


  • Fingerboard: Increased depth, one-piece rosewood
  • Inlays: Traditional acrylic dot inlays
  • Pickups: Powerful 496R (Neck) and 500T (Bridge) humbuckers

  • Tuners: Mini Grover 14:1 tuners
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Stop Bar
  • Strap buttons: Aluminium

The Korina Explorer was light years ahead of its time when it was first introduced in 1958. With its angular, asymmetrical body and pointed head-stock, the Explorer was unlike any guitar available. In fact, the Explorer was such a radical departure that only around 100 of the famed instruments were produced at the legendary Kalamazoo factory. What few have survived are now highly prized collectables. In 2005, Epiphone brought back the one-of-a-kind legend in all its original glory made from beautiful Korina.


  • Body: Korina
  • Neck: Korina
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper™ “D” profile


  • Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic™ humbucker
  • Bridge Pickups: Alnico Classic™ humbucker
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, and Master Tone with full-size 500K O potentiometers.
  • Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic


  • Tailpiece: StopBar
  • Machine Heads: Premium die-cast 14:1
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