ive been interested in buying an explorer for a fair while and when Gibson announced these i was thinking of getting one, i dont have much money and it will take a while to save up my spare money to get one so i was wondering, should i go for the cheaper option without the hard case but more classic specs which i like or the more expensive with the hard case but also with extras i like. has anyone played the two and is one better then the other?

or should i go for something completely different? i play alot of classic rock and blues (stuff like zeppelin, freddie king, stevie ray ect) i like pretty much everything from the gibson 2016 range, i already have a les paul which is great but i like sg's, flying V's ect.
Last edited by molten oxide at Jan 4, 2016,
Personal preference.D'you like traditional specs or wanna try something new?I think it is poor of Gibson not to supply the hsc with the traditional model though.They don't even sell them seperately either which is a ploy imo to get people to spend more on the 'high performance' version.
The HP models are Gibson's lame attempt to pass off failed ideas as innovation. Don't waste your money.
Gibsons with old school electronics are better to me. You can tweak or ask a specialist to do modifications, like changing the wiring to change the sound. Above that, I think that "old school" Gibsons have a bigger worth. Of course traditionnals are not like an original 76 or something, but it will keep a better value than a high performance.

That said, I think the HP look better than the traditionnals... Depends on you. I bought my 76 reissue mainly because it looked so cool (also I really wanted a Gibson ). My guitar looks like the High performance without the new electronic stuff.
Guitars don't really need to be any more innovative than they already are. There's simply not enough demand for it. Its understandable that Gibson wants to keep 'innovating' under the lens that their guitar designs were innovative (for their time) in the 1950's and 60's. But the way the electric guitar is defined in pop culture (and thus also the way it's designed) had been firmly established by the 1980's. So the demand for innovation stopped. The demographic of people who buy these guitars have stopped this strategy for being very viable for a company that had already established its identity in pop culture decades ago.

At least the option for the traditional alternative is actually available now. Its easy to complain that the traditional guitars don't come with a hardshell case, but it could've been a lot worse. What I care about a lot more than the case is the guitar that's in it.
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The lack of interest in "innovation" is laid at the doorstep of large manufacturers, who will continue to make what's cheap to make and what sells. If an innovation occurs, it's always someone else who develops and popularizes it. If there seems to be demand, the big manufacturers might dip a toe into those waters. Gibson is among the last to jump on any bandwagon.