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For over 50 years Gibson did not make left handed Explorer guitars. As a lefty player myself, it was my own frustration and feelings of betrayal that drove me to build guitars in the first place. The absence of a lefty Explorer was a major motivator. 

I produced a lefty Explorer style guitar to fill this void. That was in 2007. It was our flagship model. It was never a clone of the original, being slightly smaller and more rounder so as not to violate Gibson trademarks. From 2007 to 2012 this was a factory-made guitar and then from 2013 it became a full Custom Shop model, 100% made in Australia.


From 2023 this is again a factory-made guitar. I have given it a new name: "X2." The "2" means two pickups. "X" is for two reasons. The shape is a bit like an "X" (if you really squint your eyes) and "X" is a symbol of many things, including "rebellion." With Gibson having successfully sued Dean Guitars in 2022 for Dean's version of the Explorer and Flying V despite having made both models since 1977, it is only a matter of time before they move in on any and all brands that might make something similar to a Gibson and shut them down. They were for the longest time one of the most lefty un-friendly guitar brands in the world. "X2" is a very appropriate name. If you want something other than a token "arctic white" or "antique natural" left handed Explorer guitar then now is the time to get one, before the opportunity is gone. 

Although the Gaskell X2 does not come with a pickguard, I am offering a Custom Shop pickguard (at Custom Shop prices) as an upgrade if you really prefer a pickguard.


I will continue to produce my model for as long as I can. For you as a lefty guitarist do not think twice about buying one. I am sticking my neck out for you. I don't need to do that. Take the opportunity. NOW.

Lead time is 90 days. Full payment is required first. Available world wide. Prices stated are in Australian dollars. Price includes full Custom Shop set up including fret work, done here in Australia. International customers please convert to your local currency. NOTE. You will receive a build sheet for your approval to finalize your guitar specs before payment and before starting your build. 

Optional upgrades:

Left handed numbered knobs
Tonerider Alnico II Classics Set
Seymour Duncan 59 / JB set
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DiMarzio D Activator X
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