I just got a new Gibson Explorer with ebony finish from guitar center. This guitar is the best I've ever owned, and the best I've ever played. The sound is simply amazing, and the guitar is incredibly versatile. From country twang to death metal, this guitar does it all. The body style may take a bit of getting used to, but it's well worth it. The overall feel of the guitar is superb. If you haven't tried one or owned one, pick one up and play it. You'll realize that the people who said that the explorer was bad because of the shape were all wrong.