GIBSON EXPLORER SERIES

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GIBSON Explorer (I)

GIBSON made the Explorer (I) between 1981 and 1989

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GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)

GIBSON produced the EXPLORER (KORINA) between 1958 and 1959

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GIBSON EXPLORER 425

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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)

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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE

The EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE was made between 1989 and 1991

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GIBSON Explorer CMT

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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)

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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)

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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)

Gibson introduced the Explorer II (E2) model in 1979 and discontinued it around 1983. It had a 5 piece walnut/maple laminated body with a maple neck, ebony fingerboard and dot position markers. The tailpiece was the TP6 unit, with gold hardware, 2 exposed coil humbuckers, a black pick-guard, and 3 knobs in a row.

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GIBSON EXPLORER III

Production of the EXPLORER III began in 1984 and ended in 1985

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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware

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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)

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GIBSON Explorer Reissue

GIBSON manufactured the Explorer Reissue between 1975 and 1980. This was a reissue of the rare 1958 Gibson Explorer model of which only 38 were ever produced. It was made from select mahogany with natural finish (or more rarely black or white finish) with the exact 1958 body shape, authentic unique “scimitar" peghead and gold-plated parts. The scale length was 24.75"  just like the original 1958 model and also had the same white pickguard configuration. Controls were a three position toggle selector switch and 1-tone and 2-volume controls.

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GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)

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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware

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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)

GIBSON made the first X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE) in 1994

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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)

GIBSON manufactured the X-PLORER PRO (DSX+) between 2002 and 2004

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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO

The Gibson X-plorer Studio (model DSXS) was introduced in January 2003. It had the same slightly scaled-down body size as the Gibson X-plorer Pro model, but was more affordable because it did not have the maple top or elaborate ornamentation and binding of the X-plorer Pro.  The X-plorer Studio's body was 90% of the classic Gibson Explorer, which made for a more balanced, ergonomic fit with the player. The body was basswood which being lighter than mahogany also helped with the ergonomics.

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GIBSON XLP CUSTOM

GIBSON manufactured the XLP CUSTOM between 1985 and 1987

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Specifications:

ModelImageConfigurationFinish colorsNumber of stringsMade inFinish effectsScale length
GIBSON Explorer (I)
1981 to 1989
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GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)
1958 to 1959
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GIBSON EXPLORER 425
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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)
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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE
1989 to 1991
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GIBSON Explorer CMT
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)
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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)
1979 to 1984
-natural finish6 strings---
GIBSON EXPLORER III
1984 to 1985
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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)
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GIBSON Explorer Reissue
1975 to 1980
-black finish, natural finish, white finish6 stringsUSA--
GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)
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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)
1994
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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)
2002 to 2004
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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO
2003 to 2005
-blue finish, copper finish, green finish, red finish, yellow finish6 stringsUSAmetallic finish24.75 inches scale-length
GIBSON XLP CUSTOM
1985 to 1987
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ModelBody materialBody stylePickguard material
GIBSON Explorer (I)
1981 to 1989
mahogany bodyExplorer-style bodywhite pickguard
GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)
1958 to 1959
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GIBSON EXPLORER 425
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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)
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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE
1989 to 1991
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GIBSON Explorer CMT
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)
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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)
1979 to 1984
maple and walnut body-white pickguard
GIBSON EXPLORER III
1984 to 1985
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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)
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GIBSON Explorer Reissue
1975 to 1980
mahogany bodyExplorer-style bodywhite pickguard
GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)
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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)
1994
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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)
2002 to 2004
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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO
2003 to 2005
basswood bodyExplorer-style body-
GIBSON XLP CUSTOM
1985 to 1987
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ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpieceTuners
GIBSON Explorer (I)
1981 to 1989
Kahler Flyer locking tremolo, Kahler Pro tremolo, tremolo bridge, tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwarestop tailpiece-
GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)
1958 to 1959
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GIBSON EXPLORER 425
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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)
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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE
1989 to 1991
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GIBSON Explorer CMT
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)
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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)
1979 to 1984
tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwareGibson TP6 tailpiece-
GIBSON EXPLORER III
1984 to 1985
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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)
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GIBSON Explorer Reissue
1975 to 1980
tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwarestop tailpiece-
GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)
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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)
1994
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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)
2002 to 2004
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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO
2003 to 2005
tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardwarestop tailpieceGrover tuners
GIBSON XLP CUSTOM
1985 to 1987
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ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersFingerboard inlay material
GIBSON Explorer (I)
1981 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)
1958 to 1959
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GIBSON EXPLORER 425
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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)
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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE
1989 to 1991
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GIBSON Explorer CMT
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)
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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)
1979 to 1984
ebony fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
GIBSON EXPLORER III
1984 to 1985
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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)
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GIBSON Explorer Reissue
1975 to 1980
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markerspearl fingerboard inlay material
GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)
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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)
1994
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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)
2002 to 2004
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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO
2003 to 2005
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers-
GIBSON XLP CUSTOM
1985 to 1987
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ModelHeadstock inlays or logosNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsTuner layoutPeghead (headstock)Neck width
GIBSON Explorer (I)
1981 to 1989
decal logo on headstock, pearl headstock inlay/logoset neckmaple neck22 fretsix-in-a-row tuners--
GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)
1958 to 1959
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GIBSON EXPLORER 425
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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)
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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE
1989 to 1991
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GIBSON Explorer CMT
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)
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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)
1979 to 1984
pearl headstock inlay/logoset neckmaple neck22 fretsix-in-a-row tunersV-shaped headstock, black face headstock-
GIBSON EXPLORER III
1984 to 1985
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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)
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GIBSON Explorer Reissue
1975 to 1980
pearl headstock inlay/logoset neckmahogany neck22 fretsix-in-a-row tunersV-shaped headstock, black face headstock-
GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)
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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)
1994
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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)
2002 to 2004
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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO
2003 to 2005
-set neckmahogany neck22 fretsix-in-a-row tunershockey stick headstock1.69 inches wide at nut
GIBSON XLP CUSTOM
1985 to 1987
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ModelPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controlsControls materialControls shape
GIBSON Explorer (I)
1981 to 1989
3-way selector switch1 tone control2 volume controls--
GIBSON EXPLORER (KORINA)
1958 to 1959
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GIBSON EXPLORER 425
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GIBSON EXPLORER 83 (EXPLORER)
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GIBSON EXPLORER 90 DOUBLE
1989 to 1991
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GIBSON Explorer CMT
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Custom Shop)
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GIBSON Explorer Heritage (Limited Edition)
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GIBSON Explorer II (E2)
1979 to 1984
3-way selector switch1 tone control2 volume controls--
GIBSON EXPLORER III
1984 to 1985
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GIBSON Explorer III w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON EXPLORER KORINA REISSUE (1984 MODELS)
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GIBSON Explorer Reissue
1975 to 1980
3-way selector switch1 tone control2 volume controls--
GIBSON EXPLORER VOODOO (DSXV)
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GIBSON Explorer w/Black Hardware
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GIBSON X-PLORER (DSXR, EXPLORER '76 REISSUE)
1994
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GIBSON X-PLORER PRO (DSX+)
2002 to 2004
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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO
2003 to 2005
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GIBSON XLP CUSTOM
1985 to 1987
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