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'.
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.