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Gibson Explorer Ebony 1981 Ebony w/SKB TSA Hardshell Case (Refin/Refret)

Gibson Explorer Ebony 1981 Ebony w/SKB TSA Hardshell Case (Refin/Refret)

Regular price $3,999.99 USD
Regular price $3,999.99 USD Sale price $3,999.99 USD
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Vintage Gibson Explorer in Ebony Finish made in 1981 with SKB TSA hardshell case (Refin/Refret). This guitar features a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a pair of original Gibson patent stamp humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions. Controlled by 2 volume, 1 tone pots and a 3-Way toggle switch with Original pots dating as early as 27th week of 1980 and as late as the 3rd week of 1981. The 24.75" scale length neck has mother of pearl dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets on a 12" radius with a slim taper neck profile. The hardware is comprised of gold Gibson sealed diecast tuning machines with cloche heads, a bone nut, a Gibson ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tail and gold speed knobs with a 1-Ply aftermarket pickguard.

This vintage guitar is in overall very good condition with some signs of play. This had a kahler bridge at some point in its life and the cavity/ nut lock holes were filled and the instrument was refinished with nitro. You can lightly see the outline of the cavity repair under the finish. The nut is replaced with bone and it has had a refret. The pickguard is non original and you can see light dimples under the finish where some of the previous mounting holes were. it has some light surface marks, some scratches, a few dings/dents and dimples and the gold hardware is lightly worn and oxidized. The tsa case has a crack/broken piece on one corner but still protects the guitar fine. (See pics)

Guitar is freshly setup and restrung with 10-46 strings. Includes SKB Fitted TSA Case.


  • Brand: Gibson
  • Model: Explorer
  • Year: 1981
  • Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
  • Finish: Ebony (Refin)
  • Country: The USA
  • Serial: 80691019
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Weight: 8.8oz
  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Matching
  • Finger Board: Rosewood
  • Neck Radius: 12"
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Neck Thickness@ 1st Fret: .706"
  • Neck Thickness@ 12th Fret: .946"
  • Frets: Mother of Pearl Dot
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickup Config: HH
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson Patent Stamp Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson Patent Stamp Humbucker
  • Switch Arrangement: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Pot Arrangement: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Pot Date Codes: 1378027/ 1378103 (CTS 27th week of 1980/CTS 3rd week of 1981)
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply
  • Tuning Machines: Gibson Sealed Diecast with Cloche
  • Strap Buttons: Standard
  • Bridge: Gibson ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic Bridge with Stop Tail
  • Knobs: Gold Speed
  • Mod: Refin, Previously had a kahler/string lock, Bone nut, Refret Pickguard. Harness repaired
  • String Gauge: 10-46
  • Case: SKB TSA Hardshell Case


  • Overall Condition: ★★★★✯
  • Body Front: ★★★★✯
  • Body Back: ★★★★✯
  • Body Sides: ★★★★✯
  • Fret Board: ★★★★✯
  • Frets: ★★★★✯
  • Neck Back: ★★★★✯
  • Headstock Front: ★★★★✯
  • Headstock Back: ★★★★★
  • Headstock Sides: ★★★★★
  • Hardware: ★★★★✯
  • Pickups: ★★★★✯
  • Bridge: ★★★★✯
  • Knobs: ★★★★★
  • Pickguard: ★★★★✯
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