So getting this cheap-o glam bass reminded me that I fucking love Explorers. Might be the ultimate rhythm shape. Ever. They were the first shape I idolized, even before I started playing guitar, and I figure it's never too late to make good on your childhood fantasies.
I want a legit Gibson explorer. Has to be natural wood. No solid finishes. Tobacco burst or some dark natural finish preferred. Traditional pickguard preffered. But sunbursts/cherry bursts, etc. are also good.
-Can anyone give me an exhaustive list of models throughout the years? Nothing too pricey obviously. Early 80s models? Any of them walnut like those early 80s Vs with the weird pickups?
-Which ones had inlays other than dots? I'm fine with Rosewood or Ebony, and I'm fine with dots too, but I'm curious if there were split diamonds on anything vintage. I know some of the later 80s Vs had cool inlays, but those have trems.
-Has to be TOM. Has to be hockeystock.
I'm looking primarily at early 80s ones right now. This one is pretty much ideal if it weren't for the aftermarket Kahler.
I'm fine with some beveling too, I like the later E2s and the 50th anniversary models. But I kind of want an 80s one. Any annecdotal experience for "good years"/"bad years"?
E2 is the one I really want. But I'm not enough of a Gibson guy to know what pricing should be on those. $1.8k? There are quite a few in vintage guitar stores for between $2-3k, but they don't appear to be selling.
This is the exact guitar I am looking for, but I don't know enough about all the short runs of Explorers in the 80s to know if there were any other models with other inlays etc.
There is a store on Gbase that has quite a few E2s, and most of them seem to be just above $2k. Does that seem right?
1980 Gibson Explorer E2 Natural Walnut > Guitars : Electric Solid Body - Rumble Seat Music Southwest | Gbase.com
Only explorer that matter are the 1984 models.