Play An Explorer?

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  1. mr. moon

    mr. moon Member

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    Thanks. Great guitar for the $400 I paid for it new!!!

    Funny enough, that is a 2017 re-issue Hamer Standard, non-USA made. Everything about it is stellar from the factory with the exceptions of the pickups and wiring. I put a '57 Classic/Classic + set of pickups in it, new wiring/pots/switch, and it was like lifting a blanket off the tone ...really opened it up. They apparently went back to the older Hamer spec, and Gibson swooped in and forced them to stop production before 2018. I think Hamer got away with the XT series standards for so long due to the huge headstock that line had ...but that's just conjecture on my part. The dealer I spoke with about the 2017's was pretty candid about their feelings towards Gibson for that move.

    Your new Explorer is very nice! Hope you bond with it. I really dig my explorer, especially the Ebony fretboard. Hope yours sounds as good as it looks!
     
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  2. bluesoul

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    I had a made in Korea Hamer...can't remember the model, but it was a curly maple carved top. About 400.00 or so...damn fine guitar!
    I was being bad and looking at those things I might buy and forget to tell the wife about! I might not be done....81 standard that keeps calling to me. 81 Dean that is on my mind too.
    I will however wait and see if my new one satisfies my Explorer need first. I thought I was quite flush on guitars and here I am again...wtf?:facepalm
     
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  3. mr. moon

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    The problem with an '81 standard to me, is that I would feel gutted if I caused irreparable harm to it, whereas the one I have is not a guitar that I have anywhere near the same level of concern about. Love those USA standards though!!
     
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  4. Daka3

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    Spot on! It took me awhile to suss out why I didn’t think my 120 anniversary Explorer looked as cool as the old ones. I had my builder friend strip it, round off the horns ever so slightly, and refinish the whole thing in pelham blue.

    They should never have messed with the original body shape!
     
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  5. bluesoul

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    No one will mind if you post a picture of that one (hint hint).
     
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    I have all but given up on posting images here. I’d love to, but I just can’t seem to get myself to jump through the required hoops.
     
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    Use Imgur easy as pie takes seconds.
     
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    just went to your blog site!

    I think we will be besties :)
     
  9. GAD

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    You should see the posts I have pending! ;)
     
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  10. stradazone

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    Ibanez '76 Destroyer, had it refretted with stainless steel frets some years ago, unfortunately due to its weight it doesn't get much stage time haha

     
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  11. maplebaby

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    very cool guitar! trying to decide what kind of wood it's made of? I remember those tailpieces:)
     
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    otherwise know as 'ash' they were often mistaken as korina since Ibanez described these as having a Korina finish;)
     
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  14. maplebaby

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    couple more pics just to keep things going:) Love all the pics that have been posted!

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    This thread, I think, put the thought in my head. Got the same model as the OP. Was for sale at GC used. They had it marked as a 2018 model. The year stamp on the back of the headstock was very light, so, in their defense, I didn’t notice it either in the store. The quality control card said 10-15-2018, so I guess they read that and assumed 2018 model and the person who sold it to them didn’t correct them.

    Because they thought it was the 2018 torrefied grenadillo year... I got it for an absolute steal. I was like “dang, this really does look like rosewood” so it didn’t bother me that I thought at the time it was grenadillo. It I got it home and noticed the 2019 stamp when I was giving it a setup.

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  16. maplebaby

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    congrats! You got a super nice one and i'm glad you got a great deal. IMHO even with an 'average discount' these are a lot of guitar for the money!

    I notice you overwrapped the strings...thought about that myself - maybe share how you like it sometime if you want. Now that you have an Explorer case you'll never be homeless! Enjoy, she's a beauty!
     
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    I don’t think overwrapping makes as big of a deal as some claim. But... I prefer it. The feel is a little slinkier. And I also prefer the way it feels for palm muting/wresting my wrist behind the bridge. And I prefer having the stop bar all the way down. None are a major issue either way though.
     
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  18. scott944

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    I'll play. I've had 3 over the years (all gone now) and will have another some day. From cheapest to dearest:

    Epi Goth pawn shop score. I buffed it to gloss and added a JB. Rawk machine, super neck-heavy...

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    Ibby Destroyer. Another pawn shop rescue. Factory Dimarzios. VERY nice guitar...

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    Gibby E-2. Permanently at the top of the "wish I had it back" list. $500 used, circa 1990. Now three times that for a rough example. Sigh...

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  19. maplebaby

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    100% agree with you.
     
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    three great examples for sure! I like them all...the Ibanez is sweet and the flame top dark burst i've never seen before and love. When you find the right one again i hope you get back here and post a pic!
     

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