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the # on my 1976 Explorer Limited Edition is 00232986. I know from the Gibson shipping totals book ( Larry Meiners) that the explorer shipping numbers for 1976 are qty=2006 (ebony,white and natural). I have always wondered how many of those were limited editions. I have been told it was 100 limited editions but I have never seen it verified anywhere. My Explorer LE is one of the best playing guitars that I own.I love the neck. Meaty like a 58 or 59.They will have to pry it from my hands after I die
Converted to late 50's/early 60's specs, long magnet PAF's, no-wire ABR-1, Bigsby, 1960 reflector knobs, 50's switch tip, and vintage "Custom Made" plaque. I'm getting ready to have the neck profile reshaped exactly like one of my 50's Les Pauls. it also has one of the most kick ass headstock breaks I've seen. Looks like someone taped an M-80 behind the nut and lit it. All in all, this is an exceptionally good guitar by any year standards.
I agree.There are quite a few out there,in comparison to 50's-early 60's production totals.My guess is somewhere between 500-1000 for the LE version.Thanks for the numbers,keep 'em coming.I am already aware that there are serial numbers lower than the 230k range,so the more I can compile the better.