Compared to upstart Fender, Gibson was considered the traditionalist instrument maker. Gibosn's early electric guitars were based on their hollow body acoustic models, and even the solid body Les Paul used a traditional shape and construction methods. All that changed in 1958 with the Explorer and Flying V. The two guitars were radical departures from the Gibson standard, and would go on to cement themselves as icons in rock music. Based on the 1958 originals, Epiphone's Explorer and Flying V feature Korina bodies and gold hardware. Gibson Burstbucker 2 and Burstbucker 3 pickups are wired to individual CTS volume pots with a CTS shared tone pot with Mallory capacitor and Switchcraft three-way pickup selector. Both guitars come with a plush-lined hardcase and either white or black pickguards.