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Gibson Explorer Antique Natural

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla - Origin: India / Indonesia)
  • Neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla - Origin: India / Indonesia)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Slim Taper
  • 22 Medium frets with cryogenic fret treatment
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Tektoid nut
  • Pickups: 1 Burstbucker 3 (bridge) and 1 Burstbucker 2 (neck) humbucker
  • Aluminium Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Aluminium stop bar
  • Grover mini machine heads
  • Colour: Antique Natural
  • Incl. case
  • Made in USA

Further Information

Shape EXPLORER
Colour Natural
Soundboard Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Active Pickups No
Tremolo None
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Bag No
15 Customer Ratings
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Magic
wololo, 23.02.2019
Looks
The guitar looks just as beautiful as she does in the pictures, a nice pale body with a beautiful grain. The fret board is a bit lighter than in the pictures but still very beautiful.
The knobs are quite big and the tip of the pickup switch was not screwed on correctly so i just screwed it on and now it's fine.
Hardware seems sturdy and nice and shiny but the tuners feel a bit light, i'm not sure how i feel about them.
Overall i can't find any other flaws in fit or finish.

Playability+sound
This guitar plays like a dream, the setup was absolutely perfect and every note rings out beautifully.
The sound is very balanced across the fretboard.
The biggest sonic improvement I've noticed over other guitars is the high end is much more open and it has a better ring to it overall.
Neck seems a touch bigger and wider than most modern guitars but it's still very comfy.
This guitar is surprisingly light and very comfy on the strap but it hangs higher than most guitars so you might need a longer strap.

The instrument came with a beautiful leather hardcase but the locks seem a bit flimsy. Also comes with a strap and a picture of your guitar right of the production line.
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The Futuristic Guitar
Alexeicrow, 23.03.2020
The explorer has been around since 1958 and over the years has become an icon. This 2019 may not be one of the ultra rare korina ones but it sure looks the part. Attention to detail is very good. The guitar has a beautiful body and matching neck with the classic hockey stick shaped neck.

The case is beautiful but it is very big. It is bigger than a firebird case. The guitar sounds very powerful when turned up and cleans up well on low volume. It an axe for gigging, but also an iconic guitar for bedroom players.

Thomann's customer service, communication and delivery was the best i have experienced, especially in view of what is going on around the world at the moment.

If you buy this guitar or any other guitar my piece of advice is buy it from Thomann as you will not be disappointed.
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I love it
Isaac Campos, 24.04.2019
This is my second Gibson Explorer.
It's beautiful, the wood figure is simply astonishing, the shape of the neck is perfect for a smooth and fluid playing, it balances very nicely... I always liked this guitar, and this one just made fall in love with it even deeper.
I had installed on the other one the 490T and 498R pickups (like in the LP customs) and I love it but I have to admit than the Burstbucker that came in this one are a beautifully sounding pickups too.
It comes with a sturdy and good looking case, which the guitar fit perfectly.
Altogether, 10/10 for this one.
I'll be buying more in the future!!!
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Gute Explorer
CT2020, 22.04.2020
Habe die Explorer nun knapp zwei Wochen im Einsatz und es gibt sicherlich einiges Positive und Negative zu berichten.

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Guter Klang: Die Tonabnehmer sind sehr gut und bei Verzerrung sprudeln sie nur so vor Obertönen und machen viel Spass.
Gute Balance: Die Gitarre liegt und hängt sehr ausgewogen.
Guter Koffer: Auch wenn der Koffer extrem schwer und groß ist, ist es sicherlich sehr schön (wenn auch irgendwie verpflichtend für Gibson) einen mitgeliefert zu bekommen.
Gutes Aussehen: Der Korpus ist schön verarbeitet, die Maserungen sehen gut aus, das (mein) Griffbrett hat einen schönen Rotstich, der sich quer über fast alle Bünde durchzieht.

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Die Gitarre hatte nach dem Auspacken noch einige Leimspuren, die ich mit einem Plektrum noch beseitigen musste.
Der Tonregler und der Pickupswitch waren lose und mussten erstmal nachgezogen werden; des Weiteren ist der untere Gurtpin auch überdreht und wird aber sowieso durch (vermutlich) Schaller Locks ersetzt werden > Ich werde meine Gibson nicht ohne Locks spielen. Das sollte wirklich niemand machen.
Der Hals bzw. das Griffbrett haben ein paar kleinere Mängel, die aber kein Rücksendegrund sind; dennoch ab einer gewissen Preisklasse wird es kritisch.

Alles in allem ist meine 2020er Explorer sehr solide und klingt vor allem extrem gut.
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