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Old 06-27-2015, 03:31 AM   #1
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Gibson Explorer Makeover (photo)

I was bored of the classic/traditional look of my explorer pro, so I decided to freshen things up a bit.

Rosewood fretboard -> Dyed black to look Ebony.
Zebra pickups -> Chrome pickup covers.
Cream pickup rings -> Black pickup rings.
Vintage knobs -> Black with chrome top knobs.
Cream 3-way selector knob -> Chrome knob.
Also gave the hard case interior a good clean.

I'm very happy with the result.
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Old 06-27-2015, 06:00 AM   #2
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That looks so much better then the regular version. It reminds me of the Thunderhorse Explorer. I have been thinking about doing a little overhaul to my own explorer. Anyway congrats on the cosmetic upgrade.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:00 PM   #3
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I've never liked zebra buckers much. They just never seem to sit nicely on a guitar, to my eyes.

I kinda liked the old knobs, but your new version looks nice too. If you like it, thats the important thing!

Dyed the neck? Did you use a wood stain?
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
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I'm sorta six of one, half dozen of the other on this.

I've seen people take guitars that look like the bottom one and fussbudget them into something almost identical to the top one.

If you like it, great.

I'm fine with either.

And I know that those aftermarket parts folks are really happy you decided you need to spend this money.
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:04 PM   #5
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I actually like the one with the zebra pickups more.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:16 AM   #6
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I actually like the one with the zebra pickups more.


Yeah, very personal thing. I like his modded one better.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:21 AM   #7
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I've never liked zebra buckers much. They just never seem to sit nicely on a guitar, to my eyes.

I kinda liked the old knobs, but your new version looks nice too. If you like it, thats the important thing!

Dyed the neck? Did you use a wood stain?


I used women's hair dye, under advice from a luthier. I used a scrap neck to try out a few different methods (wood stain, leather dye, hair dye) and the hair dye came out the most natural looking...

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I'm sorta six of one, half dozen of the other on this.

I've seen people take guitars that look like the bottom one and fussbudget them into something almost identical to the top one.

If you like it, great.

I'm fine with either.

And I know that those aftermarket parts folks are really happy you decided you need to spend this money.


I ordered the parts from China. It cost me $27 (AUD) in total, including shipping.
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