Any love for Explorers?

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  1. SachaPlusDeluxe

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    I'm going to trade my Charvel San Dimas I for something this week and the local music store has a second hand 2008 explorer in stock which has taken my fancy.

    Anyone out there got one. I think they have 496r and 500t Carnatic pups in them.
     
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    That's a pretty standard pickup combo that they used in a lot Gibsons over the past 20 years. Should pretty much sound and play like a Les Paul. Same neck and components, just a different body shape (minus the binding and inlays). The Flying V is pretty much the same thing.

    Personally, I've had a few strangely shaped guitars and have ended up disliking them for their awkwardness and the fact that you can't put them in a stand.
     
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    Not got one - but would love one in natural.

    I have a fret king esprit that is a bit like a toned down explorer shape. I've loved Explorers but I think my wife would think my mid life crisis had deepened if I got one that was fully spiky! Not sure if I'd have the nerve to take it to a gig either.

    I've always wanted one or an older Ibanez Destroyer. I remember drooling over them as a teen and the Moderne.
     
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    I had a first issue Destroyer, really liked it, almost as comfortable to play as a Strat. The store I got it from also had a Gibson, so I did a side by side check. Gibson was made from more pieces of wood and was heavier than the Ibanez and almost twice the money.
     
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    I always liked the look... they look good on stage. I mentioned getting one a couple a years ago to my bandmate and he told me I'd also have to grow a mullet...
     
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    Never liked the look of them, then I played one, still didn't like em.


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    Cool guitars with a lively midrange. I love Flying Vs for the same reason.
     
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    I love Explorers, but you gotta have a complementary body style yourself or you look all dorkville on stage
     
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    I love Explorers, but have into yet managed to work one into my collection. I was not a fan of that pickup set in my LP, but that's a personal matter and one easily rectified by the user. I put Pearly Gates in my LP, which I think sound better, but less versatile, than the stock set.

    I once 'knew' a fellow that swore they sounded quite different from LPs AND Vs due to the much larger piece of wood they're made from. If you 're not afraid to try one, I'd highly recommend it.

    Important question: If you don't bond with it, will you be able to get your money back out of it?
     
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    I have a '76 reissue in black. It is perfectly set up and sounds great. The neck is great, no low quality gibson binding or nibs to worry about hahaha. It balances well on the knee and strap and has great upper fret access. The sound is big too, pickups may not be what you're used to if you enjoy regular alnico pafs. Mine is an '02 with brown and pink case. One of my favourite guitars ever.
     
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