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A Modern Update of the 1958 Explorer

This classic guitar is made from mahogany for the body and neck, with a 1-piece rosewood fretboard, a fixed bridge, comfortable slim neck with rosewood fingerboard, a pair of 496T. This guitar is ready to satisfy any situation you find yourself in.

Gibson built the Explorer with a solid mahogany body and a very comfortable set mahogany neck (topped with rosewood), so you know you're in for rich tones, great sustain, and outstanding midrange character. The Explorer has set-neck construction and fast-playing neck combine to give you an unbeatable sonic weapon onstage or in the studio.

Two smoking-hot ceramic humbuckers for hot tones

Historically, Gibson has long been associated with the dark, punchy tone of the humbucking pickup with its fat low end and crunchy, complex midrange. The Explorer carries on that tradition with two scorching-hot humbuckers with ceramic magnets (a 496R in the neck position and a 496T in the bridge position).


  • Comfortable, lightweight mahogany body
  • Slim, lightweight, and smoothly contoured mahogany body
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • SlimTaper mahogany neck feels great and provides ultra-fast action
  • Gibson 496T and 496R humbuckers give you access to a universe of tone
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish enhances this guitar's looks, feel, and tone

The 2017 Explorer T delivers raw power, scorching tones, and extreme sustain all wrapped in an iconic design. And beneath the Explorer's aggression and brute sonic force lie the subtler qualities that make a Gibson such a special guitar: superb playing comfort, extreme speed and the confidence of utmost quality.

Cosmetic Condition: This guitar is in excellent condition overall and shows only very minor surface scratches and light playwear but is otherwise in excellent shape. The frets are nearly untouched and the truss rod and electronics are all working perfectly.

Body: Offset solid mahogany body in Heritage Cherry finish. Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece. Black speed knobs. 3-ply white pickguard.

Weight: 7 lbs 10.4 oz

Neck: 1-piece Slim Taper (Explorer profile) mahogany neck and 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. 1.695” TekToid nut. 24.75” scale length. Chrome Grover mini kidney tuning machines.

Electronics: 496R humbucker (neck) and 500T humbucker (bridge). 2 x volume, 1 x tone control. 3-way pickup selector.

Case: Gibson hardshell case.

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.


Condition: Excellent 

Brand: Gibson

Model: Explorer T

Finish: Heritage Cherry


Body Shape: Single Cutaway

Body Type: Solid mahogany, smooth/hi gloss sheen lacquer,

Neck: Thick rosewood, slim taper, 12” radius,

Tuners: Mini-grovers

Strings: 6 or 12

Right/Left Handed:

Pickups: Ceramic 496R and 496 T

Other Features: 2 Vol and 1 Tone control, 24 ¾ scale, ~4.2lbs,


Gibson Explorer 2017 T

SKU: E2017T
  • Gibson Explorer 2017 T

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