1982 Gibson Explorer E2
1982 Gibson Explorer E2

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NOT a lightweight for lightweights. This is a real heavy ROCK guitar – one for the strong people out there. This is a rare Explorer E2 model (only made between 1979 and 1983). Constructed of many heavy woods, it is undoubtedly very attractive with its gorgeous flame maple top and neck. This is the much prettier dark cherry sunburst (not the duller tobacco sunburst) and the aging nitrocellulose lacquer has a fine patina. This one has the traditional Explorer scratchplate, switch on the upper treble bout and the controls in line. ‘Dirty Fingers’ pickups, gold hardware, and (original) fine-tuning TP-6 tailpiece complete the picture. An active treble boost circuit has been added with a small toggle switch between the volume and tone knobs (now removed). This particular Explorer also has undocumented provenance with the previous owner claiming that it was owned by the guitarist from One Hundred Reasons, with a number of appearances on MTV videos. Heavy (in more ways than one) and very cool – if your back can take it.

  • Cherry Sunburst finish
  • 5 piece walnut/maple bound body with flame maple cap
  • Flame maple set neck
  • Ebony unbound fingerboard with 22 frets
  • Scale length 24¾”
  • Gold hardware
  • Black scratchplate
  • Dirty Fingers humbucking pickups
  • Original switch and knobs
  • Changed strap buttons, jack plate and socket
  • Added active treble boost switch (9v)
  • Original bridge and TP-6 tailpiece
  • Original hardshell case
  • Heavy
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