Up for sale, a 1998 Gibson Limited Edition Explorer ‘76 vintage reissue in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. This Explorer was ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, and Gibson's USA-made guitars distributed via Yamano are often considered among their best, featuring the highest quality woods hand-picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.
This rare Explorer sports a gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish, with mahogany body and neck construction. Via the original 496R and 500T humbucker pair, the guitar has plenty of power on tap, and these ceramic magnet pickups are focused and cutting, pushing an amp hard with ample punch and bass-register clarity, ideal for high gain scenarios. The radically shaped solid mahogany body adds inherent warmth and fullness to the sound too. This Explorer weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with prominent shoulders in every register, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius and retains flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the mini Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean chrome plating. The back of the headstock has the stamped serial and Limited Edition badge.
All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector, individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The stock hardware shines like new, including the Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar. Plastics comprise the clean three-ply white pickguard and the trio of black speed knobs. This is a particularly well-kept example, with cosmetic wear on the Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish limited to a bit of buckle worming on the back and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole.
The original Gibson-branded brown tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior is included, along with the factory hangtags (two of which are in Japanese, given the Yamano distribution).