EXPLORER 🗿! 2022 Gibson Custom Shop Explorer Custom Ebony VOS Black Ebony Fretboard Les Paul Custom Outfit 490R 498T Mod Demo Shop Gold Hardware

$ 3499.00

Let’s go Exploring!

Is there anything cooler than an Explorer dressed up as a Les Paul Custom? The Explorer Custom features the body shape and construction of an Explorer, with its all-mahogany body and neck, but combines it with the aesthetic of a Les Paul Custom with its Ebony fretboard, ebony finish, gold hardware, multi-ply bindings, and “tuxedo” vibe.

If you’ve been on the lookout for an explorer, here’s your chance to grab one at a great price!

This example originally came from Gibson’s renowned Demo Shop, and as such, has some custom appointments not found on most production models, such as gold speed knobs and a VOS treatment to the finish.

In “Very Good” condition. See Gibson’s evaluation for a detailed overview of the condition. The output jack is tight. Includes original case and pictured case candy. 

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Here was the Demo Shop’s description:

Gibson Explorer Custom VOS, Ebony – Custom Shop Demo


  • Modifications: Back of headstock stamped “DEMO”
  • Noted Cosmetic Defect(s): Finish Top: Mild scratches around the controls, somewhat uneven VOS finish. Finish Sides: Somewhat uneven VOS finish, Light scratches. Finish Back: Somewhat uneven VOS finish, Light scratches. Finish Neck: Small stabilized ding at 2nd fret, slight lacquer cracks at bass side of nut, slight discoloration on the treble side 11th fret, Light scratches. Binding: Slightly poor scraping on the bass side shoulder, slight discolorations. Finish Peg Head: Slight overspray at the top, small scratch on the face.

Spec Notes

Neck Profile: C Shape

Neck Material: Mahogany

Depth at 1st (in): .915

Depth at 12th (in): 1.093

Nut Width (in): 1.69

Nut Material: Corian

Scale: 24.75 In

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Fingerboard Radius: 12

Fret Count: 22

Body Shape: Explorer

Body Material: Mahogany

Finish Type: Nitrocellulose VOS

Tuners: Grover

Bridge: Nashville T-O-M

Neck Pickup: 490R

Bridge Pickup: 498T

Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone

Strings: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

Weight (lbs): 8.7

Year: 2022

Serial Number: CS202375


  • Hard Shell Case
  • Demo Shop COA
  • Gibson Limited Warranty (Products may have minor cosmetic defects which are listed in the Warranty Evaluation for each product. These defects are AS-IS and are not covered under the Limited Warranty.)

Here is Gibson’s description of the Explorer Custom from their website:

A Bolt of Beauty

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.

The classic Gibson Explorer dives into new aesthetic and sonic territory with this Custom-appointed version, replete with multi-ply binding, pearl appointments, gold hardware, and a solid Ebony fingerboard. It’s an electrifying, upscale look which brings with it Gibson’s signature playability, instantly-recognizable voice and Gibson Custom’s unwavering commitment to building the best guitars on the planet.