Gibson Vintage 1985 Ebony Explorer with Original Tim Shaw Humbuckers and Kahler Trem w OHSC

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Gibson Vintage 1985 Ebony Explorer with Original Tim Shaw Humbuckers and Kahler Trem w OHSC

Gibson Explorer in Ebony finish made in 1985 with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar features a solid alder body, maple neck and ebony fingerboard. Equipped with a Stock Vintage Tim Shaw Humbucker in the neck position and a Stock Vintage Tim Shaw Humbucker in the bridge position. Controlled by 2-volume, 1-tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. The 24.75″ scale length neck has 22 medium jumbo frets with a slim taper neck profile. The hardware is comprised of Grover tuning machines, a kahler locking nut, a kahler locking tremolo system bridge, and black top hat knobs.

For being made in 1985 and for being a gloss black guitar, this instrument is in remarkable condition. As with many ‘extreme shape’ guitars some of the points have seen some dings and we’ve done our best to document them in the photos above. Again, this is a gloss black guitar so every smear, smudge and fingerprint shows up as soon as you touch it, that said the finish is in great shape. In the right lighting you can see signs of pick strike as well as swirls from polish cloths over the years. There is a minor ding at the top most edge of the hockey stick headstock right where the veneer meets the wood.

The real gem in this guitar (depending on your tastes) are the stock Tim Shaw Humbuckers. These pickups are highly coveted in the pickup / tone community and sound amazing!!!

Guitar is freshly setup and restrung with 10-46 strings and includes original hard shell case.



  • Make: Gibson
  • Model: Explorer
  • Sub-Model: Vintage
  • Year: 1985
  • Finish: Ebony
  • Finish Type: Polyurethane
  • Country: USA
  • Serial #: 81405577
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Weight: 9 lbs 5.4 oz
  • Body Shape: Explorer
  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Alder
  • Scale Length: 24.75″
  • Neck Joint: Set Neck
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Radius: 12″
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Nut: Kahler Locking
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickup Config: HH
  • Neck Pickup: Stock Vintage Tim Shaw Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Stock Vintage Tim Shaw Humbucker
  • Pots: 2-Volume, 1-Tone
  • Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Hardware: Black
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Mini Rotomatic with Kidney Bean Heads
  • Bridge: Kahler Locking Tremolo System
  • Knobs: Black Top Hat
  • String Gauge: 10-46
  • Case: Original Hard Shell Case


  • Overall Condition: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Body Back: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Body Front: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Fretboard: ✯✯✯✯✯
  • Fret Life: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Neck: ✯✯✯✯✯
  • Headstock Front: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Headstock Back: ✯✯✯✯✯
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  • Bridge: ✯✯✯✯✯
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Vintage 1985 Explorer with Original Tim Shaw Humbucker and Kahler Trem