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Guitar Value? 81 Gibson Explorer E2

theHoss

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I have a buddy who has one and was curious what the value would be. I thought I would check here for him.

It is a tobacco burst finish with a nice figured top. Probably 7/10 condition with some buckle rash on the back. All original as far as he knows.

Thanks in advance for any insight into its market value.
 

Mattbedrock

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My E2 is an earlier model (1980) that is the walnut/maple laminate construction like the more popular V2. I paid just over $600 for it a few years ago from a local dealer, but I think I got a great deal on it. I have also seen the maple top versions, (like "The V" or the CMT's) but those appear to be later ('82?).

It is as heavy as a bitch (maple). The dirty fingers humbuckers are about the hottest Gibson pickups I've ever played. Not particularly pretty sounding, but hot hot hot! It is a good player, but I tend to play my other Explorers more often. I think the lead tones are great , but as a rhythm guitar, it's not the greatest (I'm playing in a 1 guitar band).

I did see one sell for $1900+ on ebay, but that was probably just a fool. I would guess value at around $1500 for a good one.
 

theHoss

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Thanks for the info guys. That is a nice lookin' guitar Matt. Something about the explorer that I dig.

Thanks again!
 




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