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The Original Explorer Guitar

We're on the hunt for an original Explorer (or Futura) by Gibson. I'd like to add some information and photos if possible. Less than 100 of these guitars were produced and I'm assuming most of them are out there somewhere.

If you are fortunate enough to own one of these rare guitars we'd like to hear from you. It would be great if you could supply a photo or two.

Optionally, a serial number (so we could track down the date of production), and some voluntary information about where you aquired the guitar, how long you've owned it, your playing experience on it, the look and feel, or anything else you'd like to share. Send in a descriptive email so I can fabricate a full page dedicated to the original Explorer guitar.

If you happen to be a current owner of a rare 1950's Explorer and you'd prefer to skip the descriptive email, please click here and help us out by at least uploading a picture into our photo gallery.


original futura guitarThe following information regarding vintage explorers was provided by various users. Their input was critical in compiling this page. Thank you to all who have contributed.

The Futura weighs less than a LP, but its strange shape makes it tough to play. The back of the guitar is not shaped and is uncomfortable. You may have to sling it low to avoid the horn cutting into your ribcage.

With some help form actual Futura owners, there is more info on the way, so check back since we're always looking for input and feedback.


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