To stamp Sammy's inimitable style on a guitar that is just right for the hard-driving new project Chickenfoot, Gibson USA introduces the Gibson Sammy Hagar Signature Explorer Electric Guitar
. Crafted in the image of the original Explorer of 1958 and graced with an original blend of Sammy's Red Rocker and Chickenfoot styling, the Sammy Hagar Explorer is an eye-catching axe from every angle, and equipped for everything from searing to sublime tonal adventures.
Gibson Sammy Hagar Explorer Electric Guitar Features
- Solid Mahogany body with cream top Binding and unique 'Red Rocker' finish
- Bound Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
- Zebra-coiled '57 Classic in the neck and a slightly hotter zebra-coiled BurstBucker 3 in the bridge
- Ghosted Chickenfoot logo on the back
- Mini Grover kidney button tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
Like every great electric guitar from Gibson USA, the Sammy Hagar Signature Explorer begins with a foundation of supreme tonewoods. The body is crafted from solid mahogany and dressed with a cream binding, an elegant touch for an Explorer. It is dressed in Gibson's unique Red Rocker finish in hand-sprayed high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, and adorned with a secret ghost image of the Chickenfoot logo randomly placed on the back, an emblem that can only be seen when viewed from a particular angle in the right light.
Neck and Fingerboard
A quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued-in in traditional Gibson Explorer style for supreme upper-fret access, and carved to a slim, fast profile that measures .800 inches at the first fret and .850 inches at the 12th. The rosewood fingerboard is also bound in cream, and the classic 'drooped' six-in-line Explorer headstock carries a truss-rod cover with Red Rocker 'R'.
To power the guitar over the top, Gibson USA has loaded the Sammy Hagar Explorer with a pair of its finest pickups. The zebra-coil '57 Classic in the neck position carries a smooth Alnico II magnet and is wound to the specs of a vintage PAF pickup, for creamy, rich tones with plenty of articulation and bite. A zebra-coil Burst Bucker 3 in the bridge position carries a few more turns of wire to emulate the tone of a PAF at the hotter end of the vintage spectrum, and is made with an unpolished Alnico II magnet like the originals.
Anchored by the classic pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece at one end and a set of Mini-Grovers at the other, the Sammy Hagar Signature Explorer guitar exudes ringing resonance and sustain, and takes you from subtle ballad to screaming rocker with ease.
Sammy Hagar's scorching vocals and Gibson-fueled riffs have been the driving force for more than 60 million record sales, and the Red Rocker continues to explore new creative heights with his 'supergroup' Chickenfoot, with drummer Chad Smith, bassist Michael Anthony and lead guitarist Joe Satriani.
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