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 the 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, while genuine mother of pearl inlays add to the guitar’s premium styling.
Gibson 2016 HP Explorer Features
- Next-Generation Gibson G FORCE Tuners
- Sturdier, noiseless toggle switch
- Titanium saddles
- 496R - 500T humbucker Pickups
- Soloist neck width with Fast-access neck heel
- Mother of pearl dot inlays
- SlimTaper neck profile
- Gold-plated multi contact jack
- Titanium adjustable zero-fret nut
An archetypal rocker ahead of its time, the 2016 Explorer HP nails 21st century performance with a SlimTaper neck profile, the new soloist neck width, and a fast-access heel. A zero-fret titanium nut super-low action for unprecedented speed, and it’s all perfected by a precise Plek and hand-finished setup for unrivaled playability.
With rich, resonant mahogany as its foundation the Explorer HP sizzles through a 496R Hot Ceramic humbucker in the neck position and a 500T Super Ceramic in the bridge, for utterly crushing rock tones. A titanium nut and titanium bridge saddles optimize clarity and sustain.
Innovation and craftsmanship reveal themselves from every angle, with G-Force automated tuners, a thicker one-piece fingerboard with hand-rubbed oil finish, genuine mother-of-pearl inlays, upgraded plastics, and an exclusive labor-intensive hand-applied process for a smooth high-gloss nitrocellulose finish.