An astonishingly rare Blue Silverburst Explorer, dot-neck 1959 ES-335 and short-lived ultra-luxe Casino alternative: Gibson’s latest Certified Vintage drop has our attention

Gibson Certified Vintage September 2023 electric guitar composite
(Image credit: Gibson)

Gibson has announced its latest haul of Certified Vintage models, including a 1969 Gibson Crest, 1959 ES-335, 1968 Dove, 1984 Explorer, and 1987 Les Paul Custom.

While the headline instrument is undoubtedly the astonishingly clean dot-neck ’59 ES-335 (so called due to the dot inlays, but they’re prized for their neck profiles), it’s another model that’s caught our eye: a 1984 Gibson Explorer finished in Blue Silverburst.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.