Gibson Explorer T Electric Guitar, Ebony (2017)

£999.00 RRP £1,199.00 (including VAT @ 20%)

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  • Includes Gibson’s Classic Explorer Hardshell Case for Portability
  • 496T & R Pickups Produce Powerful, High Gain Tones
  • Mahogany Body Provides Rich Sounds with Plenty of Depth
  • Explorer Slim Taper Neck Profile for Optimum Comfort
  • Mini Grover Machine Heads Offers Excellent Tuning Stability

Gibson Explorer T Electric Guitar, Ebony (2017)

The Gibson Explorer T Electric Guitar embodies everything that the original Gibson Explorer offered while enhancing and upgrading each feature to deliver a truly rock and roll guitar. Featuring a mahogany body in the shape of the iconic design, and a rosewood fingerboard, the Gibson produces incredibly sweet, warm tones with plenty of grind and bite to give it a sharp attack. The mahogany neck is designed with a slim taper profile, providing a comfortably smooth play with a powerful sustain. Its raw power and scorching tones are produced though the two 496T and R pickups, creating an aggressive and brute sonic force that many rock players will love. The mini Grover tuners and aluminium tune-o-matic bridge ensures the guitar stays in-tune, allowing you to deliver incredible sounds for as long as possible. Delivered in a classic Gibson Explorer hardshell case to keep it safe when transported, the Gibson Explorer T guitar provides the essence of a rock and roll instrument making it perfect for any seasoned rock musician.

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A Rock'N'Roll Powerhouse of a Guitar

The 2017 Explorer T delivers raw power, scorching tones, and extreme sustain, all wrapped in an iconic design that's as rebellious as rock itself. Beneath the Explorer's aggression and brute sonic force lies the subtler qualities that make a Gibson such a special guitar: superb playing comfort, extreme speed, and the confidence of utmost quality. Crafted in the image of the original radical Explorer body style, using select solid mahogany, the Explorer T is truly a piece of rock weaponry that can do it all.

496R and 496T Pickups Produce Powerful PAF-Style Tones

The Gibson Explorer T Electric Guitar is equipped with a set of 496 high-gain humbuckers which produce an incredible sustain and cutting power with its ceramic magnet, adding more highs with increased definition and no muddiness at all. The 496R is very high output, aggressively voiced neck pickup, with a great, cutting tone and exceptional sustain.

Explorer Slim Taper Neck

No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today, as they all offer optimum playability and comfort. The Gibson's Explorer features a mahogany explorer slim taper neck, which is a hybrid neck profile similar to the '50s rounded contour and the '60s slim-taper profile. As with all Gibson necks, this mahogany neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the rosewood fingerboard is glued on, the rest, including the final sanding is all done by hand, adding to the overall prestige of this stunning instrument. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Angled Headstock Increases String Pressure

The angled headstock featured on this guitar is another example of Gibson's industry-changing way of thinking and quality. All Gibson headstocks are carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck, and then fitted with Gibson's traditional wing blocks. The headstock is also carefully angled at 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. In addition, an increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain and an overall smooth play.

TekToid Nut For an Enhanced Tone

Gibson has recently begun using TekToid graphite nuts on all of the new guitars they build, as it offers increased harmonics in the middle and upper frequency range perfect for a rich and detailed tone. TekToid Graphite is the best high-tech cure for eliminating undesirable friction within the nut, which can cause tuning problems. It is the ideal choice for a guitar nut, as it has excellent conductive qualities, which overall benefit a guitar’s tone and sustain.

Aluminium Tune-O-Matic Bridge

As with many of the new Gibson models, the 2017 Explorer T Electric Guitar also features an Aluminium Tune-O-Matic bridge. This type of bridge is an extremely popular fixed bridge due to its stability, reliability, comfortable playing position and impressive sustain. Adjusting the string action and intonation is extremely simple with a tune-o-matic bridge, as you simply adjust the height of the bridge with the mounting rods to alter the action, and screw the bridge saddles in or out to achieve perfect intonation.


  • 496R and 496T Pickups Produce Powerful, High Gain PAF-Style Tones
  • Includes Gibson’s Classic Explorer Hardshell Case for Portability and Storage
  • Explorer Slim Taper Neck Profile Offers a Comfortably Smooth Play
  • Mini Grover Tuners Offer Quick and Easy Tuning
  • Aluminium TOM Bridge and Stop Bar Create Excellent String Resonance
  • A Lightweight Mahogany Body Offers the Ultimate Comfort
  • Mahogany Neck and Rosewood Fingerboard Deliver Strong Midrange Attack
  • Includes Premium Leather Strap, Gibson’s Multi-Tool, and a Polishing Cloth


Body & Bridge

  • Series: Core T
  • Style: Explorer
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Aluminium Tune-O-Matic w/Steel Thumbwheels
  • Tailpiece: Aluminium Stop Bar w/Steel Posts
  • Construction: Set-In
  • Finish: Ebony

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Profile: Explorer Slim Taper
  • Width: 1.695"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Frets: 22 Polished
  • Nut: Tektoid
  • Heel: Traditional
  • Inlays: Acrylic Dots

Electronics & Hardware

  • Bridge Pickup: 496T Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: 496R Humbucker
  • Controls: 2x Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
  • Tuning Machines: Mini Grover
  • Control knobs: Black Speed
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Case: Classic Gibson Explorer Hardshell
  • Accessories: Premium Leather Strap, Gibson’s Multi-Tool, and a Polishing Cloth