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2001 Gibson Limited Edition Explorer '76 Vintage Reissue Natural w/ Case & Tags, Yamano


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Up for sale, a 2001 Gibson Explorer ‘76 vintage reissue in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtags, and factory documentation. 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 Explorer sports a gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish and gold hardware, with mahogany body and neck construction and a long tenon neck joint. Via the original 490R and 498T humbucker pair, the guitar has plenty of power on tap, and these alnico magnet pickups cover a wide tonal range. The 490R is Gibson's Modern Classic humbucker, featuring Alnico II magnets and similar in its response to a PAF, yet with more midrange emphasis. The 498T Hot Alnico bridge position pickup has Alnico V magnets, with plenty of muscle and growl, well-suited for high gain scenarios. This Explorer weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: ‘60s-style slender C, full shoulders, measuring .825” 1st fret, .890” 12th.
-Fretboard: Rosewood, 12” radius
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4“
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Tuners: Grover Mini Rotomatic
-Serialization: Stamped on back of peghead

Body Specs:

-Pickups: 490R/498T humbuckers,
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone
-Hardware: Nashville bridge, stopbar
-Plastics: Black speed knobs, three-ply white pickguard

The gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish exhibits limited buckle worming on the back and some small nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout on top and on the back. The neck profile's high gloss has been brought back to a semi-gloss feel, very fast-feeling in the palm.

The original Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case with form-fit pink plush interior is included, along with the Gibson/Yamano paperwork, serialized checklist hangtag (dated to 12-01-01), and manual.