Gibson Explorer. This legendary electric guitar made its first appearances back in 1958. Much like the Explorer’s sister guitar; the Gibson Flying V which was released the same year, the Gibson Explorer was immediately exciting due to its striking “futuristic” body design.
Gibson actually discontinued the Explorer in 1963 but it made a return when Gibson noticed other guitar companies had begun releasing similar designs.
The Gibson Explorer came back in full force in 1976 and was found to be especially popular with hard rock and heavy metal guitarists throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Two humbuckers and a Tune-O-Matic bridge are key to the Gibson Explorer which has been played by many famous guitarists over the years.
A short list of famous Gibson Explorer players includes Matt Heafy of Trivium, Pete Willis of Def Leppard fame, Eric Clapton, James Hetfield of Metallica, The Edge of U2 fame, Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Mattias Jabs of Scorpions fame.
Mattias Jabs became so associated with the Gibson Explorer that in the late 80s, Jabs and Gibson even collaborated on a model of the Gibson Explorer which came to be known as the Gibson Explorer 90 due to it being 90% of the size of the standard Gibson Explorer).
As visually and aurally striking as it was way back in 1958, the Gibson Explorer is legendary and finds its place in many different genres of music.