Play An Explorer?

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  1. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    and a relative bargain compared to the customs and korina ones you mentioned.
     
  2. MKB

    MKB Silver Supporting Member

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    I had a close copy back in the day (1989). It wasn’t a Gibson or Hamer, didn’t recognize the name and can’t recall it now, but I would swear it was korina and had an amazing tone and playability. It had a glued in neck and DiMarzio PAFs. I bought it at a pawn shop for $75. A kid I knew wanted it really badly, so I passed it to him. Wish I had a picture of it, am kind of curious what it was.

    Explorers are big and ungainly, but they feel great on stage and lend themselves to cool poses. I’d like one now but I’m too old to be seen with one.
     
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  3. T Dizz

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    Tokai or Greco maybe??
     
  4. samdjr74

    samdjr74 Silver Supporting Member

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    My favorite shape! Most people who never tried one are missing out on how comfortable they are to play standing and sitting. I don't own a Gibson Explorer these days but here's my crew


    From left to right, Ed Roman black Limba Exterminator, Keith Stolzer "hippie sandwich" explorer, Wulffson Alpha and a Hoertt Futura
     
  5. maplebaby

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    great collection! thanks for sharing and i like your A mando too!
     
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  6. Dorion1

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    Picture of my Explorer is the one in my avatar. It's a 1984 Gibson Explorer CMT. It's the first guitar I bought brand new and by far the best one I own. It plays effortlessly and is well balanced. The curly maple top is absolutely on fire. She's pretty much a closet queen now. I would like to get another Explorer.
     
  7. Yamaha 350

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    How many of you remember the cheap Hamer Slamer explorer by Hamer? Kids got their start on these imports. 1 They were cheap. 2 They look the part a fit the bill of a explorer. 3 They were great quality. 4 They sounded nice. I do not now what they costed back in the day? But now they go for real cheap. And kids looked cool with them. Here is one of them.

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  8. CanuckChris

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    Nice Solar. I didn't think it had those "sound wave" inlays. Or is this a Washburn model from when Ola was with them?

    Pfft, you're never too old. Sounds more like you're not old enough to not give a damn what others think ;)

    Saw one of these for sale locally a few months back but passed thinking they were just a cheap import. Guess I shouldn't have been so hasty!
     
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  9. Craig Walker

    Craig Walker An expensive cup V Gold Supporting Member

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    Huge mahogany slab sounds killer. Great guitars.
     
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  10. Yamaha 350

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    It was a cheap import. But some were great. It depend on the workers and if they did a excellent job. And you had to cycle through them. Like most imports.
     
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  11. Pahom

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    Hamer Standard is a damn fine guitar.
     
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  12. wmachine

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    Just to clarify, the E2 came 2 ways, with maple top (MWMWM) and with the more common walnut top (WMWMW).
     
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  13. mr. moon

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    Here's what I have remaining from several Explorer-type guitars over the decades:

    1. 2017 Hamer Standard (since discontinued due to trademark issues) & 2009 Gibson X-Plorer

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    2. 2017 Hamer Standard & 1982 Ibanez Destroyer II DT-50 (had one just like this in HS)

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  15. maplebaby

    maplebaby Member

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    Sweet guitars...congrats!
     
  16. Fatboy666

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    you left out the S300 in ash all the way to the left :)
     
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  17. skullfunkerry

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    Some lovely looking guitars on here! I used to gig a Jackson Custom Shop Kelly:

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    I don't have it any more, for a variety of reasons. Loved it though, while I had it. All my guitars now are Strat/Superstrat shaped, but I played this the other day:

    https://reverb.com/item/17029986-feline-k-explorer-black-purple

    And now I'm trying to find a way of affording it! :)
     
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  18. maplebaby

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    very cool guitar...thanks for the pic! Love the fret markers - does it have strings through the body, looks like it? and are the pickups painted, i can't see a bridge pickup in the picture?
     
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  19. samdjr74

    samdjr74 Silver Supporting Member

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    lol, cool guitar but not an explorer :D
     
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  20. skullfunkerry

    skullfunkerry Member

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    Thanks! Yes, the strings are through the body, and the pickups are EMG81 in the bridge and 60 in the neck - the pickups and the surrounds were painted to match the body graphic. You can see them better in this picture:

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