Well, it’s still more than thirteen weeks away, but EGR reader Sten Nygren wrote this morning to let me know that an apparent glitch at Gibson.com has exposed what is potentially Guitar Of The Week #36––the Explorer New Century in Satin Ebony (here’s a screen shot for when they inevitably take the page down.)
More than likely someone in Gibson’s web development department just hit the upload button when they should have hit save, but it’s kind of fun to have some early info on the instrument.
According to what is obviously a still unfinished page, week #36 will see the addition of what appears to be an aesthetically modified Explorer New Century to the Guitar Of The Week line. Gone is the full-body mirrored pickguard (thank gawd!)––replaced by an eminently cooler “rugged, recessed carbon fiber pickguard” (sweet.)
The traditional gloss Ebony finish has been switched out for a subtler Satin finish, but otherwise the guitar’s specs appear to be in lockstep with the earlier Explorer New Century––mahogany body, classic 1960s mahogany neck, and a pair of Gibson’s 496R & 500T humbucker pickups.
Not a bad looking guitar… I’ll be keeping my eyes open for any more glitches that might come our way.