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Raw Power: All Hale The Explorer

A design classic gets a very modern makeover.

Even today the Gibson Explorer is regarded as somewhat ‘out there’ as far as its looks go.

Its thick mahogany body, all angles and attitude, works with an elongated headstock, resulting in what is arguably the ultimate metal instrument. Perhaps surprisingly, though, it was first introduced way back in 1958 as part of a trio of new Gibson models that included the equally iconic Flying V and the now mythical Moderne. In fact, the latter is so rare that there are doubts that any examples from the late 50s even survive today. If you come across one in your loft, you could probably buy Bermuda with the proceeds.


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