Going to fix up my 2 Explorers

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  1. chet again

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    I have a black Gibson Explorer that I was going to sell. I had put the stock PUs back in but I hate the sound of those PUs. I have a set of Seymour Duncan '59s I'm going to put in there.

    Next I have an Epi Explorer that's a copy of the '50s Korina model. It's really an awesome looking thing and I'm going to put in a pair of Seymour Duncan Alnico V PUs in that guitar.

    The problem is...I suck at soldering or maybe the soldering irons I have suck cause they haven't turned out good the last few times I tried. I may have to take the guitars to a guitar tech.
     
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    Just like any tool, a good soldering iron matters. I picked up a Weller 40-watt soldering kit a couple of years ago and it runs circles around my old iron which I had for about 20 years and was only 25-watts. Took forever to get hot enough especially if I was using silver solder. It has reduced my "time to tackle my wiring" anxiety by a ton. Well worth $40.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AS28UC/?tag=tdpri-20

    Hey, I love SD '59s. That's going to sound really good.
     
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    They look great too! The rhythm PU is the cream/black color and the bridge is black (no PU covers). I'll post before and after pics when I get a chance.
     
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    I thought I was bad at soldering and then got a decent 40 watt iron, not even a good one. It made all the difference. Also, cleaning the tip after every connection is essential.
     
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    After the Ranger and the Nissan discussions, I really thought this would go a different direction.
     
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    I've had a similar experience. The 25-watt iron I started with was OK but would often take forever to heat things up. Once I got a 40-watt it was like night and day.
     
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    Mojotone solderless prewired kits. Cheaper than taking it to a tech. Easy to install and they sound quite good.
     
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    Yup. That was my thought exactly.
     
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    BTW, whatever happened to to the Ford Ranger?
     
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    I had an Epi 50’s Flying V - and I wish it was the Explorer one ! Nice, light, good neck, etc.

    Enjoy ! (And put some StewMac HB’s in there ...;))
     
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    I've never wanted to own an explorer, but I've been a fan of those guitars since the early Metallica days when I saw a photo of James Hetfield playing a white Gibson. They just look so freaking cool, but not for me.
     
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    I got the PUs in the black Gibson Explorer. I just need to solder 2 wires from the 3 way switch. I also need to drill holes for the output jack. I couldn't find the one that came with the guitar (which has been the case for about ten years- LOL!) and I couldn't find one that matched the holes that were already in the guitar in any store.

    Then I'll clean it up and put new strings on it.

    Will post pics when done. Then it's on to the Epi Explorer.
     
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    If you asked most aussies to name two explorers, it would probably be Burke and Wills...

    if you're looking for explorer names, I thought I'd throw this pair in...:D

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    I tried to wire it up but failed miserably (again) so I'll take my mess out and let the guitar tech do it.
     
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    I might try to connect the PUs just for chits and grins but I'll prolly wind up taking her to the tech as well.

    PS: I decided to use another pair of SD 59s I had in storage for Corrina.
     
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    They are both really cool looking guitars. My soldering skills are quite poor. My hands start shaking so badly. It's one of the many reasons I could not be a surgeon. The guy I pay to fix my mistakes just shakes his head when I bring him yet another mess to attend to. haha
     
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    The necks are really a lot different than my Teles and even the Les Pauls I have. A lot flatter (maybe I should say the fretboards).
     
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