Gibson Explorer

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  1. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    Gorgeous guitar! I've lusted after them ever since I saw Eric Clapton play one to great effect during 'Have You Ever Loved a Woman' on the 'ARMS' concert film. (I wish he'd play guitars with humbuckers a bit more.)
     
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  2. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    Not a Gibson, but an '88 Gordon Smith which I bought used about five years ago on a whim. One of those things that you feel you ought to own at least once in your life, not expecting it to be your thing, but enjoying anyway. The case is enormous, it won't fit across the boot of my Focus Estate, so I have to put one of the seats down to out it in the car.

    I have enjoyed it, but I think the time has come to say goodbye.

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    Not a Gibson, but one I built. I’ve also got a Destroyer from the 80s. Very Rawk!!!


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  4. jimilee

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  5. tonedr

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    truly historic too.
     
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  6. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    Very nice - you'll have no trouble selling that.
     
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  7. jvin248

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    First used project guitar I bought, for $25, was a Samick Artist Series Explorer.
    I even swapped in zebra pickups like this random internet image grab.


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  8. bo

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    I just got mine a few months ago. I played a '76 years ago at a buddy's guitar shop at his urging. He knew I was thinking it'd be some "metal guitar", but I was blown away at how comfortable it was and how much of an "old Gibson" feel it had. That was probably around 1995. Then I stumbled on a 2019 floor model on sale via Sweetwater for $1450 and thought I'd try a "post Henry J" Gibson. There are nits I could pick, but overall it's a really nice guitar. It seems they've gone back to basics in a commendable way.
     
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  9. jimilee

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    Explorers can play mean blues. Not only Joe played one, but a guitar player in a local band here wailed in his.


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  10. greebo830

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    My first explorer style was this Dean ZX Classic
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    Then a couple of years ago I scored this.

    2008 Gibson "76" Reissue with ebony fingerboard (swapped pickups out for a pair of custom wound ones)
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    I had a cheap knockoff. I was very surprised how well balanced it was.
    I put a strat body on it and it was my number #1 for years, but hey, it was the 80s.
     
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  12. tonedr

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    another pic of the 2019

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    It's an Epi & it has a huge neck. Can't remember which it's modeled after but the price was more than right. I even jokingly asked if it came with a case, which to my surprise GC said yes.
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    looks fantastic!
     
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  15. EsquireOK

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    I love mine (and my Dean Z). It's one of the most ergonomically well designed guitars I own. Very comfortable to play and intuitive to control. It "fits right in there" on my body. Only problem is that the rear horn tends to get whacked against stuff. Also, I made sure to track down a white one, so it has an ebony board, which looks incredible compared to rosewood.

    The necks can be a bit thin and flat, but I tolerate it. One of the things I absolutely love about the Dean version is its V neck profile (not to mention that the build quality is notably better than the Gibson).
     
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    sounds like a sweet guitar! I totally agree about the comfort - this is my first and i've been surprisingly pleased with how the guitar feels - identical to what you said - it's big, neck is unique but i dig the guitar.

    Thanks for the post!
     
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  18. Ben Harmless

    Ben Harmless Friend of Leo's

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    When I was coming of age there was a guitar shop in my town that had a '58 Explorer hanging behind the cash register by a piece of twine. It had a headstock repair, but was still very much a '58 and it looked fantastic. I asked what it was going for. The owner said "to be determined."

    That was Lark Street Music, for anyone who knows it. It's now in Teaneck, NJ. I knew it when it was on Lark Street in Albany, NY. I dated a Jersey girl awhile back, and she took me there. I later found out she went back to price a vintage Junior for my birthday and almost had a heart attack...

    To think I knew that guitar in 1999 when it was only 41 years old. Feeling old myself now.
     
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    Congrats!

    Mine is an Epiphone Explorer korina. Also, have an Ibanez Destroyer, and a Jackson Kelly which is similarly shaped.

    Enjoy!
     
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