The first of the 2009 Limited Run Series guitars from Gibson USA — the Holy Explorer — is prime example of Gibson’s imaginative spirit. While the traditional features from the original Explorer design of the late 1950s are all still there — the modernistic mahogany body, traditional “drooping” headstock and hybrid neck profile – the carefully carved openings in the body give the Holy Explorer a new, more intense look and character. This new design serves more than just the guitar’s radical appearance, making it one of Gibson’s lightest production guitars to date.
The neck on the Holy Explorer retains the traditional characteristics of the original Explorer neck – 24¾-inch scale, 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard and figured acrylic dot inlays – and upholds its reputation as one of the world’s fastest guitar necks by delivering the same access to the guitar’s higher register of notes. The Holy Explorer also sports a single volume control perfectly positioned for swells, and two of Gibson’s hottest humbucker pickups — a 496R in the neck and a 500T in the bridge. Combined, these two ceramic humbuckers deliver one of the most powerful, crunching tones available on any Gibson, making the Holy Explorer suitable for a wide variety of musical styles.
Other Holy Explorer features include six in-line mini Grover tuners, which deliver smooth tuning action and accuracy, Gibson’s traditional stop bar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge, and a customized Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity and Gibson USA hardshell case with a white silkscreened logo.
The 2009 Holy Explorer is limited to just 350 guitars.
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