Explorer love

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by yucatown, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. yucatown

    yucatown Theory-free noodling enthusiast Gold Supporting Member

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    Let's see it. Here's mine.

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  2. T Dizz

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    had to sell this one, :(((((
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    I'll post more when I get home.. a few i don't have pics of
     
  3. T Dizz

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    Kind of an explorer.. I made this one.
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  4. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    my '97 hamer standard. 8.4lbs, one piece body. total sweetheart.
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    I don't have one currently (owned a hamer and ltd version previously), but I love the "arm rest" feel on the explorers. It just feels like there is a table there for to to take a load off on while you are playing. I do have an iceman currently which has a similar feel for the picking hand.

    EDIT: That Explorer/ Iceman / Flying V combo is pretty neat!
     
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    Always nice seeing Explorers that don't have a Ford-level price tag.
     
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    Teefus- love it.
     
  8. kev

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    I love it. teefus, did you pick that one up from BCR Greg? I ask because he was the one who inspired me to throw a tort guard on my last makeover on my Explorer knockoff many moons ago with his HAMER tort pickguard tweaks (esp to the Standards and Vectors).

    First time I saw one he'd posted (a Vector...found it in my pictures...shown below...sorry for the V intrusion on an Explorer thread OP!), I PM'd asking where he got the 'guard/TRC/poker chip 1/4 input surround, and it was then that i learned that he custom made them. He was super nice and walked me through how he makes them. I still buggered up my attempts at the same, but I began to appreciate the patience it takes to make them look nice/straight/pro.

    Here's mine:

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    and the inspiration from BCR Greg:

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    BTW, since this started in the Small Company Luthiers section, here's a guy whose takes on the venerated Explorer I would love to own some day:

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  10. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    no, the original owner put the tort guard on. i have still have the original white one but have never considered putting it back on. usa hamer standards are fantastic guitars. i had a custom vee too but sold it a couple of years ago.
     
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    Here's my 82 Hamer Blitz, re-finned by Jay Kolanda of NTL Guitars. This was built back when Hamer was one of the original small builders, so it should easily qualify to be in here.

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    Building this 1pc '58 Explorer Junior.
    Everything but the neck should be done this weekend. I'm still looking for the perfect piece of neck wood.

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    that Blitz!!! WOW! thanks for sharing that one
     
  14. Oz Hofstatter

    Oz Hofstatter Gold Supporting Member

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    I will have an Explorer one day....

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    Radness.

     
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    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    Here is mine. This pic shws it after I finished installing the Faber Tone Lock Bridge and E-serts and a plain old Aluminum Tone-Pros stop bar, and with new knobs:

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    In action:

     
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    Here's my plain old Gibson. Perfect weight, balance and playability. It completely ended my quest for an Explorer.

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    That a unique grain swirl you have there!
     
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    Here's my last one..
    Started as an Epi Goth before I sanded it down to the sealer. Vintage Super Distortion in the bridge, added fret markers ( I need them). The stock tone knob on this is also an arcade style kill switch.
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  20. mifar55

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    My 2005 Explorer

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