Source: American Musical Supply
By now you have heard that Gibson Musical Instruments filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the beginning of May.
I just happened to have enough cereal boxes saved up, and some dollar bills, and a stamp, and I was ready to make a purchase of a Gibson Explorer. I
was going to go with the antique white finish which is what this year's model comes in. I go to my favorite (and dependable, and reasonable) on-line
music store only to find that not only is this year's Explorer out of stock, but ALL of them were being purchased! I waited two days before talking
myself into a 2016 all black one only to find it gone. The HP model... also gone! Then earlier this week, they posted an update saying the new stock
will be in June 6.
I can't believe this! I have the money, all of it, sitting there in the bank but everybody is running around purchasing pre-bankruptcy Gibsons!
After dorking around all day, I wanted to see if any other on-line seller has one, in stock. A quick googles shows AMS has both the 2018 Explorer in
antique white, but what is this?? They have another model sitting there and in stock!
The photo is the Gibson LE Explorer Elite 2018 Aged Cherry w/Gold Hardware.
After showing my buddy during a break at the hockey game last night, my drooling self sat down and looked some more. Turns out the Elite has a few
features different than the stock model. First, the pickups are Burstbuckers: BB2 - neck, BB3 - bridge. Next, the frets have been cryogenically
treated with liquid nitrogen which hardens them up internally while leaving the surface feel just the same as regular medium jumbo frets. That means
they should last longer (Gibson says you should probably never need a re-fret, ever). Add to it the aged cherry finish and gold hardware... well, I
couldn't stand it any longer.
I created an account, added my shipping info, paid the ferry man, and hit "Submit" (oh, I did! Trust me! In both senses of that word!!).
My new Gibson Explorer Elite arrives on Tuesday! And it is a pre-bankruptcy one! I hope they get back to just making guitars as this fine specimen is!
I am glad my money went to them and is no longer burning a hole in my pocket.