Gibson Explorer E2 1981 Sunburst

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The Explorer II (also known as the E2) was a modern update to the Explorer that launched in 1979. The Explorer II was distinguished by using a Walnut or Maple top on a five-piece maple body with beveled edges. It also had a number of cosmetic appointments to set it apart from other Explorers including an "E2" emblem on the truss-rod cover. 

Years of Production: 
1979 - 1983

Body Style: Angled solidbody

Wood Composition: Maple body, Maple or Walnut top, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: Dual uncovered humbuckers, two volume and one tone control, tune-o-matic bridge, TP-6 tailpiece

Notable Explorer Players: The Edge, Billy Gibbons, James Hetfield 

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