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Old 02-15-2013, 05:45 AM   #1
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Why does this guitar feel so good to play....

I've had a no name Chinese guitar from about 6 months now. It's a white Explorer knock off. The electrics sound terrible, the pick guard is cut badly, the paint job is solid/looks great, but it wasn't painted very well in some areas.

The thing is...It feels so comfy to play. The neck just feels so good. Normally I play most guitar sitting in the classical position, but with the Explorer, playing whilst standing is a lot easier.

What is it that makes this guitar so much nicer/faster to play than most other 6 strings I've played?

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I would go out and just buy an Explorer, but the shape reminds of the BC Rich Warlock, and it just shouts "2edgy4me".
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:05 AM   #2
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so you are playing a fake explorer that you bought and own...but wont buy a real explorer because it makes you think of a bc rich......


































wut?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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so you are playing a fake explorer that you bought and own...but wont buy a real explorer because it makes you think of a bc rich......


wut?
It was super cheap, and because it's white, I'm going to draw all over it. My main concern being, a real Explorer actually cost 10x what I paid for this one, and I don't want to get one, only to find it plays no where near as nice as this POS I got.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:22 AM   #4
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Then play whatever you buy before you buy it.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:27 AM   #5
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^this.

If you find the shape too extreme try some other Gibsons, like the SG, they have a very similar neck profile to the Explorer, especially those with a 60s neck.
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try some other Gibsons, like the SG, they have a very similar neck profile to the Explorer, especially those with a 60s neck.
This is a great piece of information, thank you
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:33 AM   #7
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No worries, I have an old Epiphone Explorer and its still one of the best necks on any guitar I have ever experienced.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:05 AM   #8
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The neck profile on the Gibson Explorer / Flying V is a mix of the 50's rounded and 60's slimtaper profile. Most of the other Gibson"s are either a 50"s or a 60"s profile. If you like the feel get a V or Explorer.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:22 AM   #9
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Or if you like the one you got, swap out the electronics and make it sound great!

Then you've got a guitar that plays how you want and sounds awesome. AND it'll be a lot cheaper than a Gibson or probably even an Epi.
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gotta admit i dont really like epi's purely for the neck profile for me i just dont find them comfortable particulary the lp but all in account id say the explorer has the best.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:11 AM   #11
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I would go out and just buy an Explorer, but the shape reminds of the BC Rich Warlock, and it just shouts "2edgy4me".


What makes you think that? Yourself or what you think what other think? If its you, isnt function over form more important? If its others, nobody should tell you what shape guitar you play be it King V or Stealth in a Church or a Telecaster on a Death Metal concert. Only thing that matters is that the guitar feels like an extension of your hands, other peoples opinions be damned.
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What makes you think that? Yourself or what you think what other think? If its you, isnt function over form more important? If its others, nobody should tell you what shape guitar you play be it King V or Stealth in a Church or a Telecaster on a Death Metal concert. Only thing that matters is that the guitar feels like an extension of your hands, other peoples opinions be damned.
When your genre includes a lot of bluesgrass/jazz, having an explorer is not sexy.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #13
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When your genre includes a lot of bluesgrass/jazz, having an explorer is not sexy.



Why not? Hell, Flying V was originally used by Blues and Jazz people before rock and metal crowd adapted it. *edit* Forgot to say that same thing with Explorer. Both appeared in the late '50s.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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James Hetfield's classic explorer was a chinese knock-off. He just threw EMG's in there and likely gave it a proper set-up.

You don't necessarily have to have a $1000+ guitar to have a great instrument.

If you like it, enjoy it! Replace the parts you don't like. Finding a guitar that feels great to play is the most difficult thing to replace. Pickups and body styles are not.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:56 PM   #15
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James Hetfield's classic explorer was a chinese knock-off. He just threw EMG's in there and likely gave it a proper set-up.

You don't necessarily have to have a $1000+ guitar to have a great instrument.

If you like it, enjoy it! Replace the parts you don't like. Finding a guitar that feels great to play is the most difficult thing to replace. Pickups and body styles are not.

I highly doubt that, do you have any sources that back up that claim?

As for the rest of the post, I agree with you. We sometimes forget that more expensive/newer doesn't necessarily means that it is better.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #16
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James had a tons of Explorers over the years. Since he owns likely hundreds of guitars the chance of having a cheap knock-off is there but I don't believe he has ever used one on stage. He has asked famous luthiers to replicate some of his favorite guitars, though. Maybe you mean these?
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Reading these forums as long as I have I always thought it was kind of weird that a lot of people but so much stock on what name is on the headstock. It's much more fulfilling for me to find that diamond-in-the-rough chinese instrument that plays like a dream.

From a manufacturing and business standpoint, the Chinese are building better and better guitars by the year as they are getting better at all other facets of manufacturing in terms of QC. Indonesian guitars, on the other hand, are another story.
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James Hetfield's classic Flying V was a chinese knock-off. He just threw EMG's in there and likely gave it a proper set-up.

You don't necessarily have to have a $1000+ guitar to have a great instrument.

If you like it, enjoy it! Replace the parts you don't like. Finding a guitar that feels great to play is the most difficult thing to replace. Pickups and body styles are not.

Fixed.

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:59 PM   #19
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And why do you think it is so much fulfilling when you found one such guitar? :p Because most no-brand guitars are just no good, thats why.
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And why do you think it is so much fulfilling when you found one such guitar? :p Because most no-brand guitars are just no good, thats why.


Probably true. It's just that I think it's cool when no-name guitars sound and play awesome and blow the lid on the whole "it's gotta be Gibson/Fender/PRS to be good" nonsense.
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