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Explorerbuilder
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Join date: Aug 2010
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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.
kiaba94
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#4
i really like that body shape. its freaking awesome.
X-plorer88
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#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.
DJ_Effrey
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#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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eddiehimself
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#8
Looks great man. Reminds me of the ESP snakebyte.
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slapsymcdougal
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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'.
callumbloodpuke
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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
timbit2006
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#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
Quote by timbit2006
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.
logicbdj
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#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?
Explorerbuilder
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#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.
slapsymcdougal
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#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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eddiehimself
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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
Quote by Explorerbuilder
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.
Explorerbuilder
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#24
Quote by eddiehimself
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.
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#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?
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#29
Quote by Explorerbuilder
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.
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#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.
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#36
I like what you're doing with the body woods, might I suggest the name of, the expeditionary?
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Viban
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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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