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#1
After i was sure i was going to be done with guitars, I gave it a couple months of not building.

One day a design came to my mind though, and i just had to make a template. I based it off an explorer, but made it much more agressive. I dont know what to call it just yet. But i am loving it.




So with a bit more motivation, i picked up some body wood, and got started on it.





Then i got the neck cut out:



Thats all i have done for now, until i replace the bearings on my bandsaw.
#5
I have huge respect for luthiers. Love the design.
I'd lose the little curl on the horn, but other than that it's a really cool take on a classic design. Thats just me though. I'm not trying to tell you to change it.
Well done.
#7
that's awesome; I made a fairly basic explorer about a year ago, but that design is heaps better. love it
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#8
Looks great man. Reminds me of the ESP snakebyte.
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#9
Well, if you want a name that suggests aggressive exploring, how about Conquistador?
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#12
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Annoyingly, none of the online Klingon dictionaries I could find had a word for 'explorer' in Klingon. The closest I could find was chIjwI' , meaning 'navigator'.
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#13
looks awesome, not over designed or too jaggedy like most of the the ugly guitars people make to try and look original
#14
I like everything but the lower horn. It's a bit too long and curved for my tastes.

I really missed seeing your Explorers while you were on a building break.
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#15
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I like everything but the lower horn. It's a bit too long and curved for my tastes.

These are a fantastic couple of sentences out of context.
#16
I think the lower horn would look fine if the headstock had that extra upward curve to balance it. Maybe something that can be glued in place?
#18
Thanks for all the replies everybody!

I experimented with different angles and lengths with the lower horn. The whole body is a little bit smaller than an explorer already. The horn isnt all that long, its just the cutaway that makes it look longer than it is.

This is mainly a prototype anyway. If i end up liking it, I am going to make a 28" sclale baritone one, with a super figured top.
#19
Quote by Explorerbuilder
Thanks for all the replies everybody!

I experimented with different angles and lengths with the lower horn. The whole body is a little bit smaller than an explorer already. The horn isnt all that long, its just the cutaway that makes it look longer than it is.

This is mainly a prototype anyway. If i end up liking it, I am going to make a 28" sclale baritone one, with a super figured top.

I'm not sure about the reverse headstock with it, though. Just my opinion, but maybe it would look better the other way round?
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#21
You always make guitars that i would castrate a child to own.
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#22
I like it being reversed. You possibly could have tried to add something over the standard ESP-type shape, though.
EH


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#23
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I tried it both ways. It looks better reverse, because its pointing the same way as the horn.

Suppose so. Either way, I'll be interested to see how it turns out.
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#24
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I like it being reversed. You possibly could have tried to add something over the standard ESP-type shape, though.


I tried that too, but it was too hard to get the tuner holes to line up for straight pull from the nut if i made it resemble the body. I tried a ton of different things.
#26
Nice, glad to see you building again.
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#27
I really like it, but the curved lower horn seems out of place. If you removed it, the design would be too much like a Snakebyte, so how about adding a curve and sharp end to the rear section under the shoulder?
#29
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I might tweak it in the future. But for now, I am not going to change this body, especially not after i already have it all cut out.


Yeah, dude. You'd be insane to do anything now, and it still looks killer.
#33
When it comes to Explorer style guitars I only like true Gibson shaped Explorers. Not a fan of Jackson Kellys, ESP/LTD EXs or Snakebite, Ibanez Destroyers or any other Explorer rip off. You've made some awesome Explorers and I'd love to have one, but I'm not a fan of this shape.
#36
I like what you're doing with the body woods, might I suggest the name of, the expeditionary?
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#38
That is the most absolutely gorgeous fitting neck I have ever seen, you deserve much praise.
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#40
Am I the only one the likes the longer horn???

Adds a bit if iceman to the design (a soft spot for me).

I agree with everyone on the headstock... Even shaving it down a touch and adding a jaggy bit like the body would make it more fitting...
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