Gibson Explorer Bass ( 1984-1987 )
During the early 80s , when glamour rock and heavy metal was at its peak ( zz top ,ozzy , kiss ... etc ) , the gibson explorer guitars somehow gained popularity .
In 1981 to 1989 gibson issued some different models reminiscent to the original explorer such as the korina , cmt , explorer III , and explorer heritage .
Due to their success gibson introduced a bass called the gibson explorer bass . Unlike their companions ( explorer guitars ) the gibson explorer bass was short lived and discontinued in 1987 .
Known today as a good, not expensive, all around sturdy bass , a great workhorse for gigs . ( pic courtesy of ebay )
The explorer bass had an alder body , a 3 piece laminated neck , chrome hardware , 2 volume controls ,1 master tone, 21 frets , 2 humbuckers with black covers ( gibson logo on covers ) , blackface peghead w/logo decals , and were made mostly in ebony and ivory white finishes , some black in 85 & red in 86 .
Vintage Guitar Price Value :
1984 - 1987 > $750 to $1000
Avg Upward Trend Of 9% a Year since 2000
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