#1
I really want an explorer, of course i mostly want a Gibson, but i dont have the cash at the moment, and i dont really have a big income as i am in highschool so im considering getting the Epiphone model, is it really made of korina?



Can someone tell me more of this guitar?
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#2
yes but most likely they aren't the premium cuts of wood, they are of lesser quality.

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#4
Worse hardware, worse pickups, worse woods... Worse in general than a Gibson Explorer, but still a pretty good guitar for it's price. However, if you really have an ESP Eclipse II, then I doubt that you would be satisfied with an Epiphone Explorer. That's only just what I think, though.
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#6
Pick one up used and do a pickup swap.


Jumping between the ESP and the Epi will be very noticeable, I would hold off until you can afford the Gibson. If you're lucky you can get a used standard for around $650, which is a little more than the price of a new Korina Epi.
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#8
I played a 84 reissue about 6 weeks ago, I thought it was a fantastic guitar for the money, only way you will find a guitar worth buying is by going and playing lots until your find one.
#9
Jumping between a esp and an gibson is a big diffrence. Get the esp explorer or the ltd model its better then both IMO. The big diffrence other then hard ware is the fret work. I would do pick ups and put in string savers in the bridge and just pick up a fret file and do some fret work. The frets will probably grab you a bit.
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#10
I'd get an ESP EX over an Epi.
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#11
Played one. Looked nice, but wasn't that impressed. The pickups are crap compared to what i'm used to. Like everyone else has said, a better solution is just get a Gibson off Ebay. Better guitar and unlike Epi's they hold their value
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#12
Quote by Briyan_15
Jumping between a esp and an gibson is a big diffrence. Get the esp explorer or the ltd model its better then both IMO. The big diffrence other then hard ware is the fret work. I would do pick ups and put in string savers in the bridge and just pick up a fret file and do some fret work. The frets will probably grab you a bit.


Actually i have a Gibson SG and played a lot of different Gibson models, i don't really think theres such a big difference to my ESP actually
#13
well, idk about the explorer but the other guitarist in my old band hand the V version. The neck on it was nice and the pickups weren't bad for what we were playing. Had an interesting bright sound to it that i liked. Honestly i'll probably pick up this explorer or the '58 Epi reissue eventually. It's on my list to stuff to buy haha.
#15
I own on of these explorers in black, i swapped the tuners to grovers and the pickups to emg selects and its my favorite guitar, the neck is thinnner than my epi les paul, and it plays great. worth the money
#16
I have played multiple explorers at band practise (our studio/practise place we go to is linked to a shop...so there's loads of guitars to choose from to play with)....and I hated them...it felt more like a toy then anything when playing it.. Now...I'm not an elitest..apart from one guitar..alot of mine are cheap, but great guitars... But this thing had no redeeming qualities whatsoever..

I'd recommend saving money for a real gibson explorer (which I think play very well )...or looking at esp...or trying to find an ibanez destroyer (a guitar close to my heart at least)
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#17
I have one and it's great, the stock pickups aren't bad but i swapped them out for some duncan's and it made a huge improvement in the overall sound. Is it better then a Gibby? No. Is it worth the $500? IMO Yes, it's still a great guitar
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