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Limited Run Series – February 2009

Holy? You betcha’, and the pun is intended on this one. Taking its cue from last year’s highly successful guitar of the month, the Holy V, Gibson USA is proud to introduce the first offering of its new Limited Run Series guitars, the Holy Explorer.

An enormously playful take on the seminal Explorer, the Holy Explorer from Gibson USA offers all the meaty tone and speedy playability of the original model. Yet, while following the exact body lines of its iconic predecessor from the Modernistic Series of 1958, the solid mahogany body of this new Limited Run Series model is shot full of holes, creating both a lighter guitar and an interesting modification of the original Explorer’s resonant characteristics.

On top of it all, the Holy Explorer is certainly destined to be a collector’s item: available now from your nearby Authorized Gibson Dealer, it will be produced in a strictly limited run of just 350 guitars.

Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller

The Explorer has always been a rocker, but the Holy Explorer winds the X factor up a notch to crank out a contemporary descendant of the heavy rock sound. A pair of Gibson’s own uncovered ceramic-magnet humbucking pickups — a 496R in the neck and a 500T in the bridge — maximize output and sustain while retaining clarity and string definition.

Down to Business

The minimalist control array is designed to let you get right down to business. There's just a single volume control, positioned for easy pinky-finger volume swells, and a three-way pickup selector — nothing superfluous to get in the way of you and your tone. And playability, naturally, is flawless, on par with the Explorer's famous high neck/body joint and easy access right up to the 22nd fret of the Holy Explorer's fast, super comfortable 24¾-inch scale neck, which is also made from solid mahogany.

Head Over Heel

The Holy Explorer also retains its ancestor's distinctive "drooping" headstock with six-in-line tuners, which in this case are Grover Mini tuners. The guitar is also fitted with a 1-11/16"-wide Corian nut and Gibson's traditional stop bar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge, which keeps everything firmly anchored and ready to wail. From chunky rhythm work to screaming lead tones, the Holy Explorer is one unholy hell raiser of an offspring of the original Modernistic rocker. Its Limited Run of 350 won't last long, so see your nearest Authorized Gibson Dealer quickly. Each guitar comes with a customized Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity, and a black Gibson hardshell case with plush white interior and silkscreened Gibson USA logo.


  • The Gibson Logo
  • Angled Headstock
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • The Explorer Neck Profile
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Nickel and Silver Alloy Fret Wire
  • Dot Inlays
  • Set-Neck Construction
  • "Holy" Mahogany Body with Satin Heritage Cherry Finish
  • Gibson’s 496R and 500T Pickups
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Nitrocellulose Finish