Gibson goes to the dark side with the Lzzy Hale Explorer

The Lzzy Hale Explorer now has a “Dark” version that boasts gold hardware, a sleek, jet black finish, and that classic Gibson tone.

Gibson Izzy Hale Explorer Dark

When it comes to women who rock, Lzzy Hale is definitely in the fold. The guitarist and singer of Halestorm earned her first signature instrument, a white Gibson Explorer, back in 2014. But for every yin there must exist a yang: The 2018 edition of the guitar features aesthetics reminiscent of Black Beauties.

To make it really pop, the Lzzy Hale Explorer Dark comes with a polished ebony finish as well as shiny gold hardware and pickguard. Mother-of-pearl block inlays and a Lzzy Hale-signed truss rod cover are other eye-catching features of this piece.

But in this guitar’s case, beauty isn’t only skin deep. With most specs unchanged from its white sibling, the axe oozes the classic Explorer tone. A solid mahogany body and neck, ’57 classic humbuckers, 22 frets with a 12-inch fingerboard radius, and a Tune-o-matic bridge round up the specs.

Hear the guitar in action here:

The Lzzy Hale Explorer Dark lists for $2,299. For more information, check out


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