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  1. #1

    Join Date: Aug 2009
    Location: South Jersey
    ME: CU24
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    MB: STR LS-648
    Rig: Hartke HyDrive 210/Mk IVa

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    Cheap(ish) Explorers

    Are any of them any good? I had a 'black gold' Dean Z a few years ago but frankly was losing the ability to play when I got it and don't recall if it was any good or not. It certainly looked fantastic though. I haven't played any of the Epis, and can't afford a real one (a Hamer Standard ) because I'm looking to grab 2 guitars lol.

    Are there any decent Explorers out there that would run under 600-700 bucks? I don't mind replacing pups if the guitar feels right and plays well. It should be Explorer shaped though, not 'close to Explorer shaped'.
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    Join Date: Jun 2014
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    I had an Epiphone Explorer (Korean made one) and with a simple pickup change it became a pretty decent guitar. Unfortunately the wood was lighter than the Edwards EX110D I checked out and the real Gibson models so it was prone to neck diving.
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  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    What about a beat to shit gibson with dots?
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    Join Date: Aug 2009
    Location: South Jersey
    ME: CU24
    MA: Baby Taylor
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    Rig: Hartke HyDrive 210/Mk IVa

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    Depends on how it plays I guess. You got pics?

  5. #5

    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    You bought my Black Gold Z, actually. That was a great-playing, great-looking, and great-sounding guitar.

    If you get a good one, those Epiphone 1958 Explorers are fantastic. I had one too, but the neck regularly did a ski jump where it met the body in the winter and I ended up selling it on to someone in warmer, more humid climes.

    I also built a Telexplorer out of Warmoth and KNE parts for around $800, but we had to do the finishing ourselves.

    If you want something more Gibson-y in an Explorer kit, check out Fast Guitars: Home page
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    Join Date: Aug 2009
    Location: South Jersey
    ME: CU24
    MA: Baby Taylor
    MB: STR LS-648
    Rig: Hartke HyDrive 210/Mk IVa

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    I sold that Dean to a guy (CorpseGrinder) on the JCF, likely would have kept it if the arthritis hadn't set in so hard. Great looking guitar, and they seem to be a bit tricky to find now. I'm going to sneak out to the big Smash on 34th and see if they have any of the '58 Epis, maybe I'll get lucky and least get to play one today.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    I've got one of the Epiphone Goth Explorers, and it's actually pretty good. Actually, it's sitting at Mike's house, since he says he wants to buy it, but instead just lets it sit there without giving me money, since he's a dirty, dirty whore.
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    Considered Edwards? I dunno what they run for in the US but it sounds about the right price range?
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