Gibson Explorer Custom Art and Historic Limited Run Satin Metallic Blue 2002 1 of 15 made w/COA/OHSC

$ 5,219.99

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Gibson Custom Art and Historic Limited Run Explorer in Satin Metallic Blue finish made in 2002 with Original Hard Shell Case 1 of only 15 Made. This guitar features a 2-Piece mahogany body, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a Gibson ’57 Classic in the neck position and a Gibson ’57 Classic in the bridge position. Controlled by 2-volume, 1-tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. The 24.75″ scale length neck has pearloid dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets with a 50’s rounded neck profile. The hardware is comprised of Grover mini rotomatic tuning machines, a corian nut, an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge, and retro aluminum knobs with a polished aluminum pickguard/ Custom truss rod cover.

A quote from Gibson near the release of this particular model:

“It’s appropriate that guitars that were originally designed to reflect the lines of the automobiles would finally get finishes that do the same. Each guitar in this collection of three of Gibson’s most “futuristic” models-the Explorer, Flying V, and Futura-has several intriguing appointments, but none more immediately noticeable than the finish. “I read a lot of hot rod and street car magazines, and metallic colors like these are the trend in car restoration right now,” says finish master Mick McGuire in reference to the metallic copper, silver, green, and blue finishes found in this collection.”

“Also notable on these guitars are the aluminum pick guard and truss rod covers (designed by engineer John McGuire and the Pro Shop’s Bill Jancar, respectively) and the large, retro-style volume and tone knobs. John McGuire said, “They’re similar to some knobs Edwin (Wilson, Historic Program manager) brought back from Japan, and they really remind me of old stereo knobs.It’s fitting that these three guitars, with body shapes designed to echo the lines and curves of the automobiles of the ’50s, should finally get finish colors to complete that connection. Each of the three guitars will have a limited run of 60 (15 in each color). The Custom Shop will offer the Explorer models in August, the Flying V models in September and the Futura models in October.”

Guitar is freshly setup and restrung with 10-46 strings,  includes original hard shell case, COA And original case candy


  • Make: Gibson
  • Model: Custom Art and Historic Limited Run Explorer
  • Sub-Model: Custom Shop
  • Year: 2002
  • Finish: Satin Metallic Blue
  • Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
  • Country: USA
  • Serial #: CS21375
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Body Shape: Explorer
  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Weight: 9lbs 11oz
  • Scale Length: 24.75″
  • Neck Joint: Set Neck
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Finger Board: Rosewood
  • Neck Radius: 12″
  • Neck Profile: 50’s Rounded
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dot
  • Nut Width: 1.687″
  • Nut: Corian
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickup Config: HH
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson ’57 Classic
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson ’57 Classic
  • Pickguard: Polished Aluminum
  • Pots: 2-Volume, 1-Tone
  • Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Mini Rotomatics with Kidney Bean Heads
  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Knobs: Retro Aluminum
  • Other Features: Certificate of Authenticity
  • String Gauge: 10-46
  • Case: Original Hard Shell Case


  • Overall Condition: ✯✯✯✯ ·
  • Body Back: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Body Front: ✯✯✯✯☆ – Very small amount of checking near pickup rings
  • Fretboard: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Fret Life: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Neck: ✯✯✯✯✯
  • Neck Pocket: ✯✯✯☆ · – Line in finish at neck joint
  • Headstock Front: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Headstock Back: ✯✯✯☆ · – Checking from tuning machines down
  • Pickups: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Bridge: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Tailpiece: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Knobs: ✯✯✯✯✯
  • Hardware: ✯✯✯✯✯

Additional information


Very Good




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