Korina Explorer

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  1. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    Gibson Korina Explorers cost an arm an a leg, even the new ones. How can Epiphone offer them so cheaply? What is the difference?

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  2. Mrgearguy

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    China (labor cost 1/100th of the USA) +butcherblock construction+veneer. Epiphone production tops 30,000 guitars a month. That's "hand caftsmanship" on a corporate level.

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  3. riffpowers

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    Get a Hamer one instead!!
     
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    The Epiphone one is made from scrap chunks (small pieces at least, they may not be scrap) and then they put a veneer on the front and back. That makes for the difference.
     
  5. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    As I suspected.

    I asked because Dean is making a one-of-a-kind Korina Z for me and getting the wood has been an issue. Does anyone know a good source for instrument grade Korina that I might suggest?

    Thanks, stratzrus
     
  6. bettiefan

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    Have them make it out of mahogany. It's pretty heavy, but the tone is unstoppable. I built mine out of a Warmoth body and neck.
     
  7. Spudboy

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    Hah. Epiphone Explorers/Flying V's don't have much Korina in them. Basically the two sheets of veneer are about it. The core wood is Indonesian mahogany.. you know.. lauan.

    On top of that all the hardware is of lesser quality and the gold effect is extremely soft and it seems to fade without you even touching it.

    That being said they're nice guitars that capture the look and feel, if not the tone, of the original at a fraction of the cost.
     
  8. cmatthes

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    Epiphone "Korina" = crap

    Gibson Korina = great, but way overpriced

    Buy the Hamer! As good or better than the Gibson and 1/3 the price.

    As far as the Mahogany v. Korina (heavier/lighter), that all depends on the piece of wood. The lightest Explorer guitars I've owned were Honduras Mahogany, I've played flyweight mahogany guitars (non-chambered) and heavy, brick-like Korina guitars. Korina is NOT always lighter - that's another gear urban legend!
     
  9. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    It's not that hard to find. Gilmer Wood always has some.
     
  10. Mrgearguy

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    Limba isn't too difficult to find if all you want is a piece big enough for one guitar. You wind up paying a premium for it in small quantities, and you pretty much have to gamble on the curing. One problem with this wood is the large percentage of internal checking and grain problems which most times can't be seen from the outside. This is why builders are reluctant to let you supply the wood too. They build the scrap factor into their prices and sort accordingly—well, at least the ones with integrity do.

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