In this video, The Edge talks about buying his Gibson Explorer guitar brand new when he was in New York at age 17 (he had originally intended to buy a Les Paul). It was the first guitar he purchased with the intention of playing it as part of a band on stage in front of an audience. At first he admits to it feeling kind of strange playing it with his band mates, and that at the time nobody else was playing with Explorers, making The Edge and U2 rather unique. He goes on to describe how a crack occurred on the back of the headstock in the mid-1980s when he threw the guitar behind him in order to help some members of the audience. At 2:38, Edge demonstrates some of the parts of the U2 song [“Beautiful Day”](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co6WMzDOh1o) on the Explorer. He recalls during the recording of “Beautiful Day”, a certain lead part did not feel right on his other guitars, so he brought out and used the Gibson Explorer through his Vox amp. From a [gibson.com interview from 2010](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/u2-0722.aspx): "Gibson Explorers are still his signature instrument. The Edge prefers the Gibson Limited Edition Explorer built in 1976. He owns several, including the one he used on Boy, which is now retired from the stage."more
"The infamous fur guitars. So we have two rigs: A and B. The A rig... has the Gretsch Bo Diddley. The B rig Gibson guitar is a Gibson Explorer. This is a standard issue, and it's actually it's a John Bolin-made guitar, made to Gretsch's specs. It's your typical fur-covered guitar - everyone has one," says Billy Gibbons's guitar tech in reference to the Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar.more
This guitar was used as one of James’ main guitars for the album St.Anger released in 2003, both in studio and for the tour. It was most likely brand new. The guitar features matte black finish and tarnish metal pickguard. Rest of the specs were transferred over from his earlier guitars, including EMG pickups and Tune-o-Matic bridge.more
"I have a historic Les Paul Standard and a refinished Explorer. Right now on tour, I have three Les Pauls and an Explorer, and then Gibson just sent me a black American Explorer that I’ve been playing at the Staples Center in Vegas, which I really love. I grew up playing Gibson and fell in love with the shape, and that’s what feels most natural to me and looks the best and sounds the best."more
Taken from Tommy Thayer's [official website](http://www.tommythayer.com/about/tommys-gear/), he discusses a little about his Gibson Explorer, "Inspired by the fantastic silver sparkle finish Gibson Les Paul I have, I thought it would be cool to do an Explorer the same way. I've been playing this guitar during our encores as a change of pace from my workhorse Les Pauls".more
In this live performance of "Animals", Ryan is seen playing a Gibson Explorer starting at :28s. Jason Shadrick writes in this [article](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Rig_Rundown_Nickelbacks_Chad_Kroeger_Ryan_Peake) from *Premier Guitar* "Ryan Peake’s guitar boat is stocked with several Gibson Explorers and Flying Vs. Along with his tech, Kris Dawson, Peake gives each one a custom finish that typically involves blowtorches, chisels, and other tools of destruction. All his guitars sport EMG pickups ([EMG 81](http://equipboard.com/items/emg-81-active-pickup) in the bridge and EMG 85 in the neck) and are strung with various gauges of Ernie Ball strings".more
In this video interview from Premier Guitar, Rick Nielsen talks about his Gibson Explorer. At 8:42, he says, “Here’s one of my Explorers and I have three of them and they’re good guitars. They’re neat. I’m kind of known for how they look. Ain ‘t it pretty? It used to have a Bigsby or a little whammy Bigsby on it or Maestro. I don’t know. I didn’t take it off. It was done for me. It sounds cool. I love all the pegs how are all deteriorating and looking like H-E double hockey sticks." Rick Nielsen’s guitar tech, Rocky Robert, adds at 9:18, “He’ll put, ‘I want Explorer‘ on particular songs and I’ll just trade it up with this and the disco. I basically use these on particular songs, the checks and the picks. I use those on particular songs. These kinda vary a little bit.”more
From metal-rules.com, interview of Trey Azagthoth by Lord of the Wasteland *What guitars did use on this album?* *I used my B.C. Rich Ironburn, Gibson Explorer for the rhythms and six-strings.[sic] I used 2 different Ibanez Universes for the seven-strings. For solos, I used my B.C. Rich Ironburn, my orange Ibanez Stratocaster and a few other guitars, but it was mainly those 2 guitars for soloing.[sic]*more
I own the 2008 issue of this Explorer. I got this guitar because it was on my "Bucket List" of guitars to collect. When I first pulled it out of the case it felt a little awkward due to the shape. Once I put it on and started playing it was so much fun. I got used to the shape much quicker than I thought I would. It definitely was easier to play than my Flying V. Sounded great and was light enough that I didn't notice that I had been playing for almost two hours.
I became interested in studying metal music when I listen to the songs sung by a band from Germany, scorpions. guitar sound, fast and heavy, distorted, and an amazing guitar solo. then I was interested in listening to the songs of other heavy metal band, Metallica. and rhythm are very fast, and I began to want to buy this guitar is, sound and appearance. This guitar is played by Matthias Jabs (Scorpions), and James Hetfield (Metallica). whether there was a relationship I do not know. body and neck are made of mahogany, and hardware are original, there is no variation. then I replace PAF pickups in this guitar with EMG pickups. really great. I want this guitar as "my inspiration guitar" to cover heavy metal songs. I really like this guitar.
I recently bought this guitar used (August 2015) and it arrived in excellent condition. I couldn't believe it was a seven year old guitar. It was a little weird taking the guitar and and experiencing the balance due to the radical shape, but once I put it on it was so much fun to play. I played for a straight two hour with it.
This was my first OWN guitar , after months of playing and practicing on my dad's guitars he bought me the guitar I dreamt of , a Gibson explorer. (Gibson explorer 2009 model) And it still brings me joy to this day 8 years later.
Over these 8 years I've played a few different music genre's going from trash metal to rock n roll down to blues and it sounds amazing in all 3 genre's. You could be playing some old school metallica and switch to buddy holly moments later on and with some tweeking on the amp it gives you the exact sound you're looking for.
It's a mahogany body carrying standard 500T and 496R gibson pickups. The only downside for me on this guitar is the weight, If you're playing at home or are sitting down It's no problem however standing on a stage for 2 to 3 hours could be a horror show for someone with a bad back.
If you don't mind the weight it's an excellent guitar for it's price, pre-owned and a little cheaper especially.
I was always a fan of metal music and I still play metal to this day. I think if I had this guitar it would be a rite of passage and if I ever wanted to play in a band this would be my go-to guitar.