“He wanted to trade for a specific guitar... or gold”: YouTuber finds rare Stars and Stripes Gibson Explorer – thought to be one of just five or six in existence

A 1980s Gibson Designer Series Stars and Stripes Explorer
(Image credit: Trogly's Guitar Show / YouTube)

We always love it when YouTube guitar expert Trogly digs up something weird and rare – and his new Stars and Stripes Gibson Explorer, which he estimates to be one of just five or six examples produced, certainly took a lot of digging...

The unusual electric guitar comes from Gibson’s 1980s Designer Series, which featured custom artwork and, among them, several flag designs, including the sought-after Union Jack Explorer.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

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