After its short but noteworthy premier in 1958, the Gibson Explorer went out of production until the mid-'70s. Unlike the original Explorer which used a Korina body, later Explorers used Mahogany. Other changes from the original design include altered control knobs and tuning machines.

This model is a reproduction of the specs when it made a comeback in 1975-76. It's also known as the X-Plorer or the DSXR. A mirror pickguard became optional in 2002.

Years of Production: 
1990 - present 

Body Style: Z-shaped solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Dual ceramic (496R and 500T) magnet humbuckers, two volume and one tone control, tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece

Notable Players: The Edge, Billy Gibbons, James Hetfield 

Product Specs

  • Explorer '76
  • Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Natural
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • White
  • 1990 - 2002
Made In
  • United States

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Reviews for the Gibson Explorer '76 1990-2002
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  • 1992 Gibson Explorer does not disappoint

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    Feels great, plays great, sounds great. I may swap the pups out for something else in the future but it is very aggressive for heavy rock. Sounds great for blues and rock with the volume dialed back a tad. If you're a metalcore (and beyond) player you may require different pickups. I have no complai…

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  • Gibson Explorer 76 1990

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    One of the best guitars ever. Amazing sound.

  • Xplorer

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    Great guitar I love I will be back for more items from this seller