Explorer of 1958 was more radically modernistic than
cousin, the Flying V. Musicians finally caught
up with the Explorer in 1976, and today's Explorer
revives the first reissue. Features include 496R/500T
humbuckers, a Mahogany body and neck with a rosewood
chrome hardware. A Gibson deluxe hardshell case is
In 1958 "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors
topped the radio and record charts for 7 straight weeks,
surpassing 2 other monster hits that year-"The Purple
People Eater" by Sheb Wooley and "The Chipmunk
Song" by, of course, The Chipmunks. In that same year
Gibson's Ted McCarty met a challenge from rival Leo Fender
and introduced 3 revolutionary, highly stylized solidbody
electric guitars -- the Explorer, the fabled lost Moderne,
and the Flying V.
The 496R is a smokin’ neck pickup with incredible
sustain and cutting power. You’ll be amazed how the
high-output ceramic magnet adds more highs with increased
definition and no muddiness.
The 500T is built to deliver the no-holds-barred,
in-your-face hard rock licks you want. The powerful multi-ceramic
magnet structure enables this monster to cover lots of
It can scream or growl — never losing its rich
combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.