Gibson Explorer E/2 (1981, Flametop Cherry Sunburst)

Here a 1981 Gibson Explorer, in a Flametop Cherry finish. It’s a limited edition that was issued along the similar V2 and F2 versions, albeit less sculpted and with a flat body but with a great finish. Despite the angular look it balances well and plays well too. Explorers like this helped define the now well known sound of U-2. Originally designed in 1957, Explorers, Flying Vs and the rare Modernes have become collectible guitars in their own right. This example lives in its rectangular hard-case.