Gibson Explorer Blue 1976

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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.

Years of Production: 
1958-59, 1975 - present

Unique to this Year: First full year of Explorer production after its reintroduction in 1975. 

Body Style: Z-shaped solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Dual covered humbuckers, two volume and one tone control, tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece

Finish Specification: Blue was a non-standard or custom color for the Explorer.  

Notable Players: The Edge, Billy Gibbons, James Hetfield 

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