Born from the same design frenzy that produced the Flying V and the Moderne, the Gibson Explorer made its debut in 1958. All three guitars featured futuristic body designs, moving from the then-predominant curved guitars to radical, linear designs. The Explorer showed dismal sales, and was discontinued in 1959. Fewer than 100 instruments were produced in this initial run. The line was reintroduced in 1975. Like the Flying V, it was a design well before its time.