Gibson Explorer

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Gibson

Description Solid mahogany body, dual ceramic magnet humbuckers (496-R and 500-T), a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and Grover machine heads.
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Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.4 (of 5)
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On 8/26/2006, Jeff Small (105) posted:
Overall Rating:
I didn't look at many guitars. I got this one when I first started playing and bought it solely because of James Hetfield, and because I thought that guitars made all the sound, not the amps. Holy crap was I wrong. I wouldn't recommend buying this guitar, but if you're just some rhythm player, its perfect for you.

The best thing about this guitar is that all frets are perfectly accessable, and it feels really really comfortable no matter how high or low it is. Since it's horizontal, it only makes the playing easier.

The worst thing about this guitar is just that you can't solo on it. You can do little lead licks, but don't plan on doing anything like Dragonforce of Yngwie Malmsteen without tons of practice.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $800.00
Where Obtained: The Guitar Center
Playability:
It's an excellent rhythm guitar, but since I'm a guitar player who likes to shred, or at least try to shred, its definitely not for me. I use it when I record rhythm tracks all the time, but for solos, it just doesn't cut it. Wish I knew that beforehand. I like to tap a lot, and I don't think the medium frets are high enough for me to do it really well. With practice, anything is possible, but when you start off trying to do things like that, you tend to get annoyed pretty easily.
Sound Quality:
I have a Marshall 100 watt head...the most basic one with a regular Marshall cab. I play metal mainly (I bought this guitar because Metallica is a major influence to me) and when I play I use it with a Metal Zone, and the bridge pickup is freaking awesome for rhythm stuff, especially that booming palm mute that seems to wack you in the face. It's got a smooth sound in the neck pickup, and it's also pretty good for blues in my opinion. Personally I think that any model Ibanez beats it (which I found out after I bought this guitar already). This guitar rocks though. I like playing live with it, and for rhythm tracks I use it to record. It looks cool hanging down by my waist haha.
Durability:
It's pretty reliable. I got mine used, and it came with chips and dings in it, but I consider them love marks, and I've dropped it a couple times, and no more marks or anything have appeared on it. I haven't gotten it professionally set up because I'd rather learn how to do it myself, I don't really touch the thermostat in my basement, and I have a de-humidifier so I don't really know how well it holds to climate changes. The hardware and controls are the same as when I got them, so I guess they're pretty durable.
On 3/6/2006, Ariel Zalazar (31) posted:
Overall Rating:
This guitar rocks ass.be on the lookout for the cream explorer with the see through pickguard when you look up at the top for me remember....youll hear thjis thing my axe is very unique prepare....
Model Year: 1985
Price: $0.00
Where Obtained: a really good friend
Features:
This guitar was made in the us of a .its a great guitar slim neck with a finish over it making it very fast and slicik.this particular model has a factory gibson kahler tremolo which locks at the headstock and keeps it in tune .it has 22 frets and all 22 are accsecible .the humbuckers are great and very raw sounding .check one out.i prefer the old ones with the original ebony neck like mine
Playability:
Yea you can attain a very low action on this axe or somewhat high .i think its plays better than most overpriced gibson like the les paul and is significantly lighter than that beefy guitar.
Sound Quality:
I play it through a marchall and many speakers and i love the sound with the right eq you can manipulate the sound however you want,
Durability:
It is relieable mine has the fret lock and strap locks so im not tripppin off that.you probably have to fine tune it every now and then .
On 4/29/2002, Todd Miller (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this one because it is a classic.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $450.00
Where Obtained: Used from music store in Frederick, MD(I forget the name)
Features:
This guitar is SWEET. All original hardware, original everything. This guitar has no damage, just a lot of wear - I call it character.
Playability:
This is a good all around guitar for strumming and picking hard rock stuff. When playing metal, I choose another axe.
Sound Quality:
I use: Peavey amps, Boss pedals(Heavy Metal, Equalizer, Flanger)
Durability:
All hardware is holding up beautifully. It requires regular tuning adjustments (thanks for the fine tuners)
On 2/16/2001, Erich Bailey (115) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this f---in guitar.The best guitar ive ever played.
Model Year: 1983
Price: $399.00
Where Obtained: guitars etc.
Features:
This guitar is a neck-thru body construction,Has sperzal locking tuners on it.It has two EMG-85's and is the best guitar i have.This is my favorite guitar,I havent found a guitar that is nicer than mine.It will never go out of tune.Dop it on the ground,play it for two-three hours a day,let it sit for a month,whatever,it never loses its tuning.
Durability:
This guitar is perfect except for the paint.It is falling off but that is because one time when we played a party,I covered it in the liquid from a glow stick,and now some of the paint is chipping off,but f--- it,battle scars you know?