COOL GEAR ALERT: Gibson Sammy Hagar Explorer

Sammy’s been using Explorers onstage quite a bit recently and it’s nice to see that Gibson has given him a signature model. I really like the matching pickguard/pickup bobbins/pickup rings/binding. Yo Sammy, you wanna send me one of these bad boys?

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Like every great electric guitar from Gibson USA, the Sammy Hagar Explorer begins with a foundation of supreme tonewoods. The body is crafted from solid mahogany and dressed with a cream binding—an elegant touch for an Explorer. It is dressed in Gibson’s unique “Red Rocker” finish in hand-sprayed high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, and adorned with a secret “ghost image” of the Chickenfoot logo randomly placed on the back, an emblem that can only be seen when viewed from a particular angle in the right light. A quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued-in in traditional Explorer style for supreme upper-fret access, and carved to a slim, fast profile that measures .800″ at the first fret and .850″ at the 12th. The rosewood fingerboard is also bound in cream, and the classic “drooped” six-in-line Explorer headstock carries a truss-rod cover with Red Rocker “R”.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Epiphone ‘1984’ Explorer EX

I’ve always wondered why there was no Gibson or Epiphone pickguardless Explorer with EMGs. Seemed logical. Gibson used to make an Explorer with no pickguard and a black headstock way back in the day, and a certain famous thrash guitarist used one of these with EMG active humbuckers in place of the stock passive humbuckers.

The 1984 Explorer EX has EMG 81 and 85 (neck and bridge) pickups. The body and neck are mahogany, the fretboard is rosewood, scale length is 24.75″. Available colours are Ebony and Alpine White.

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The Great Explorers: The Top 10 Masters Of The Gibson Explorer

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The Great Explorers: The Top 10 Masters of the Gibson Explorer

On paper, the Gibson Explorer looks pretty simple: mahogany body (after an initial run of Korina models in the late ’50s), 24.75” scale length, 22 frets, two humbucking pickups … when you look at it that way, it almost reads like it could be an SG or Les Paul. But the Explorer is much more than the sum of its parts. Its increased body mass aids the guitar’s punchy tone, while its asymmetrical outline is deceptively well-balanced. Its playability is as ideal for complex heavy metal rhythm styles as it is for blues-rock lead work. And it looks unbelievably cool.

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