Friday, 20 March 2009

Weird Gibson "Hybrid" Guitar

Unsurprisingly this unusual Gibson dates back to 1985. I say unsurprisingly because it screams out 1980s to me. I don't know if this was a special order, an experimental model or a prototype guitar, but essentially it is a double-cut Les Paul with an Explorer neck, and is equipped with a Kahler trem and HSS pickup layout.

Does anyone have any more info on this guitar. The seller mentions having seen another one with a red finish, so it sounds like it wasn't a one-off, but was it ever a production model, however limited?


  1. I have a vague recollection of a 1984-84 Guitar Plater ad for this guitar. Take off the Kahler and put on a tune-o-matic with a stop tailpiece and I'd love it.

  2. It's an XPL-400 from 1985. "XPL" refers to the Explorer-like headstock.



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