This week’s featured piece of gear is the Gibson Explorer!

The Explorer made its debut in 1958 and offered a radical, “futuristic” body design, much like its sibling the Flying V. The Explorer proved to be ahead of its time, as its initial run was unsuccessful – the model was discontinued in 1963. However, in 1976, Gibson began reissuing the Explorer after other guitar companies had success selling similar designs. The Explorer became especially popular among the hard rock and heavy metal musicians of the 1970s and 1980s, a trait which has continued to this day. The design has become almost synonymous with Metallica frontman James Hetfield.

Many other companies have produced guitars based on the Explorer’s infamous design, such as Ibanez, Jackson, and ESP.

What’s your favourite “out there” guitar?

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