NGD!! - mahogany Explorer goodness!!

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  1. iahawk36

    iahawk36 Supporting Member

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    I've been quietly wanting one of these for quite a while. This one popped up on our local CL, and I had to jump on it. Bought new in 2006, and I don't think the owner had changed strings since....needs some TLC and a good set up/cleaning and it will be ready to go!! Not a single nick or scratch on it, but it's dusty as heck and the neck is gunky.

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  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    congrats! this economy is definitely shaking some primo apples from the tree!
     
  3. iahawk36

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    What have others put in for replacement pups? The stock pups are just ok to me.
     
  4. Knuckles

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    Love me some Suhr Aldrich humbuckers in an all mahogany guitar, Andy. Tough output but without the overhyped mids. Top end stays clear.
    Don't mind plain old Duncan 59's or Seth Lovers for a more PAF-ish flavor.
     
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    That is hot. Explorers are one of my bucket list guitars.....never owned one but they are damn sexy and I think I need one!
     
  6. FXPedal.com

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    The Guitar of the Week Explorers came with '57 Classics and they sound great. Maybe give those a try. Congratulations, that is a beautiful guitar you've got!
     
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    You could try a super distortion or a JB at the bridge.
     
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    the fat one Senior Member

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    I've secretly wanted one exactly like that; it looks incredible and I would head straight for a pair of '59s and fiddle with the height before going hotter. Logged on just to say far out man!
     
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    How many pieces is the body? The join on the upper wing actually looks very cool. I like the line running down it. Or perhaps that´s just the grain pattern - I could be wrong.
     
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    Nice score. I also had been waiting for one to come up for a good price. I scored and virtually unplayed 2007 Black Gibson Explorer w/ original case in a pawnshop for $550 last year. What did you get yours for?
     
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    Nice score!! :beer Good old DiMarzio Super Distortion's in both the neck and bridge sound great in a big fat slab like that. 500k volume pots are a must though. My favorite Explorer type guitar was a 1979 Dean Z Flame and it had "that tone". I kick myself for selling it every now and then.
     
  12. iahawk36

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    Thanks guys!!! I scored this one for $750...and like I said, it was dirty, but not a mark on it. Took it all apart last night, cleaned it up nice, and put it back together and replaced the knobs.

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    Thanks man...it's a two piece body. I thought it was a 3 at first, but after taking it apart, it's only two pieces.
     
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    Beautiful.
    Looks exactly like mine (knobs aside)
    Serious bargain at that price!
     
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    very nice! i'm jealous. i want a natural explorer. enjoy it!
     
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    I have the same guitar (even changed the knobs just like you) and I really struggled finding a bridge pup for it. I don't like hot pickups at all. After trying a couple Duncans and an oddball or 2, I dropped a Lollar low wind imperial in there and have been VERY happy. 57 Classics would probably be a good choice too.
     
  17. Guitarworks

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    Yup, that's pretty cool. And that's a helluva lotta lumber right there.
     
  18. iahawk36

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    New and improved with '79 Gibby t-top buckers....and WOW...this guitar is the REAL DEAL!!!

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    Strangely enough the DC resistance on both pups is about the same.

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    Nice! Especially with the covered pickups.
     

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