i gotta be honest, yes esp makes a mean guitar, but gibson is a classic

id go with the esp in this situation simply because i dont like the explorer.

but i would take a les paul over anything
i am explorer man myself, dont own one, but would love to. you should try both out and see which one you like most, thats the general rule of thumb.
The problem is that I have got nowhere to try one.
The closest music store is 200km away and they havent got those guitars.