The Explorer 2016 HP is the much-anticipated modern incarnation of the original Explorer. It boasts a remarkable set of premium, high performance features, overlaid on a solid mahogany body for a fat, punchy, well-defined sound. A new and exclusive fast-access heel, developed specifically for the Gibson USA High Performance lineup, allows unprecedented access to the high notes - which, combined with our new soloist neck width, provides the fastest-playing Explorer you've ever experienced. Titanium metal for the saddles and the adjustable zero-fret nut delivers a bright, crisp tone, while being virtually indestructible and ensuring total, personalized control over the action. A 496R Hot Ceramic pickup in the neck position and a 500T Super Ceramic in the bridge sizzle and snarl with aggressive authority. The guitar has a new thicker, one-piece rosewood fingerboard with hand-rubbed oil finish for a luxurious look and feel, with genuine mother of pearl inlays to enhance the Explorer HP’s premium status. Gibson USA sets up your Flying V HP so it plays the way any truly great American-made guitar should, right out of the luxurious aluminum hard shell case.
Body and neck
The body of the 2016 Explorer HP is crafted from solid mahogany in the iconic angular Modernist style. The glued-in mahogany neck has a deep joint, a SlimTaper profile, our wider soloist dimensions, and a fast-access heel for superb upper-fr