• Gibson X-plorer Studio, electric guitar in metallic copper finish.
    Gibson X-plorer Studio


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2003 to 2005

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. According to Guitar Player (in 2003) "When you're wearing the Pro, this reduction in size is most felt - and most welcome - in the smaller 'wing' that resides under your strumming arm".

The X-plorer Studio featured two high-output ceramic mini-humbuckers (replicas of the original mini-humbucker, with adjustable pole pieces and bar Alnico II magnets), a basswood body, mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, and chrome hardware. It came in a variety of metallic finishes including Studio Blue, Studio Copper, Studio Green, Studio Red and Studio Yellow. The Gbson X-plorer Studio was discontinued in 2005.

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Body materialbasswood body
Body styleExplorer-style body


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece
TunersGrover tuners


Controls materialblack controls
Controls shapespeed knobs


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsblue finish, copper finish, green finish, red finish, yellow finish
Finish effectsmetallic finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)hockey stick headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


Pickups brand and modelGibson mini humbucker(s)
Pickups configuration2 mini-humbucker pickups

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GIBSON X-PLORER STUDIO (DSXS) reviewed by Jake / Saigon Pharmacy Band

Average: 4 (1 vote)
2003 Gibson X-Plorer Studio , Only made 2003-2004 Very kewl little axe, the 70's profile neck is comfortable and my back wasn't breaking after 90 mins on stage with this little beast. The mini-hums were surprisingly hot. Not what I expected from these ceramics. Very much a Firebird-esque tone. At a hair over 7 Lbs. it's light, not like my old Mahogany Explorer which killed me after 4 or 5 songs on stage. Matthias Jabs (SCORPIONS Guitarist) did an awesome job on the cut down redesign. I have never had any beefs or grief with this guitar, finish has held up well to light gigging.I wish Gibson would post production numbers and more on the design process for these guitars , that info is elusive ! Here's the Gibson Specs: Manufactured in: Nashville, TN Body: Basswood Neck: - Species: Mahogany - Peghead Pitch: 17 in. - Thickness at 1st fret: .800 in. - Thickness at 12th fret: .850 in. - Heel Length: .625 in. - Neck Joint Location: 19th Fret Fingerboard: - Species: Rosewood - Scale Length: 24 3/4 in. - Total Length: 18.137 in. - Number of Frets: 22 - Nut Width: 1.687 in. - Width at 12th Fret: 2.062 in. - Inlays: Pearl Dot Hardware: - Plating Finish: Chrome - Tailpiece: Stopbar - Bridge: Tune-o-matic - Knobs: Black Speed Knobs - Tuners: 'Grover' Electronics: - Neck Pickup: Ceramic Mini-Humbucker - Bridge Pickup: Ceramic Mini-Humbucker

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