#1
Okay so im not rich enough for a gibson explorer. So i was wondering if any of you guys had any experience with the epiphone one? Is there any much difference? Is it worth the money? Is there any better guitars in that price range?

Thanks in advamce
#2
I have not played it but I heard it is a great guitar if your on a budget. If you have a little extra money you could throw in some new pickups.
#3
Hey man.

I have an Epiphone Explorer, and ive played the gibson version too. (i now own a Gibson FLying V, which is basically teh same thing in terms of sound, so i think i can help)

When i frist played the Epiphone, i really loved it, thought it sounded excellent, much better than my previous guitars. The main problem is playing standing up, if you dont have a good strap, the neck just hangs down really low. Secondly, the neck. At the time, i actually didnt mind the neck, but after playin my flying v for the last few months, im not a fan, it seems chunky and cumbersome. Personally, i really dont think it competes with the Gibson at all, it sounds kind of weak, but if your not used to playing a high end guitar, then you might not notice it. Also, bear in mind what amp you use.

If i was to go back to when i bought the Epiphone Explorer, i would have tried more guitars, as it was a compulsive purchase. For the money, its pretty good, but after playing guiatrs like a PRS SE Custom, which is only a bit more expensive, ive realised i probably made a mistake.

Oh and i just remembered, i had a problem with the input jack, it came loose not long after i bought it, and sometimes i cant get any sound out of it....
#4
I have the Mahogany body Epi Explorer and for the price ($200 used) is awesome enough for me. The only "upgrade" done was to install the stock Gibson X-Plorer 496R and 500T ceramic humbuckers.

I also have the limited production-run model with the FR, another excellent value. Now if I can only get it back from my friend.

#5
I have owned and played several Epi Explorers. The Korina one is awesome. I thought it was just as good as any Gibson one I have owned in the past. I sold all those Gibsons off years ago and my Korina a couple years ago now I am looking for another for a good price. I did score and Epi custom shop V that I love and I have an older Epi Firebird that's awesome. I need/want to get another Korina Explorer if I can to have all three of the odd shaped guitars they made.


John
#6
I have the Korina Explorer.

first let me tell you the bad.

1. The frets were un even in some places, just slightly. this caused buzzing.

2. My wood wasn't dried all the way out or something, the neck is sensitive (it might just me mine)

3. Pick ups aren't all that good.

4. neck isn't fast, although sand paper can fix that.

5. there's random bumps in the neck, here and there.

6. the nut was too low into the guitar.

I got my nut adjusted, and the frets fixed. now my action is uber low.

This guitar LOOKS great, and feels good.

Sound, and dependence is where it's lacking...

I loved it when I first got it, but now I realise I need an OFR, and a thin neck.

if you want to play fast solos, this guitar isn't that good for it.

I got mine for 400$, if you can get it for less than that, get it. If you can't, don't.

I'm sure there's fenders out there for the same price.

I wouldn't reccomend this guitar. I'm never buying an epiphone again. You want to know why?

my dad has a casino epiphone, same story with the frets. the nut made the strings un even. the B and E strings were almost touching.

he got it adjusted.

my friend has an epiphone les paul, his neck was messed up too.

stay away from epiphones. Some are nice, but they all come with some sort of error. that's why you get I guess, paying for some noob in asia to make it.
#7
I've never used Epiphone's alot before so it's nice by you to tell me. It makes a tough choice, maybe i should aim for another guitar..
#8
I got an epiphone explorer. its the Gothic editon one and yeh it plays very well for the money i paid for it. the action on it definatly makes playing easy. ive had it for a year now and the only thing that went wrong was that the nut holding the lead socket came off. very annoying thing to happen especially before a gig but its easy to repair yourself
Last edited by ShaneBarry at Nov 3, 2007,
#9
I've got one. It's a very nice guitar. It was my first real guitar I bought with my money. The playability is nice, the sound is nice. I've got no flaws that the guy above me stated.

The only flaw is the miniscule gash in the side, but that was from me and had nothing to do with it when I bought it.

The pups are nice. You might want to exchange them with some higher output ones if you play heavy stufff. I don't, I like them.

I've also tried out Epi LP's which are also nice.

You have to take risks when buying guitars. There are always gonna be some that are lemons, it's like that with anything you buy. I can understand if it's a very expensive guitar, but this is a great price for the money, and you sohuldn't bash a whole company because of a few bad lemons.

Lastly, it's not fair to compare an Epiphone to a Gibson, it's like comparing a Squier to an MIA Strat. They are made differenlt because the markets are different. People woh can afford to buy high end guitars will probably do so becuase they want or need the quality of a high end guitar. Guitars 300-500 dollers are budget guitars and sometimes you get what you pay for. In this case, I'd say it's a good guitar for the money, as were the rest of my guitars. Because I played all mine prior to purcahse. That's a big factor. If you know hat your getting, you won't get a lemon,
HEY
Do you like anime/manga?
PM me about buying the graphic novels I'm trying to sell
Last edited by FoolOnThePlanet at Nov 3, 2007,
#12
which is why you HAVE TO audition any instrument that you buy. You won't suddenly find out that there are "bumps" in the neck or whatever the heck somebody posted. Guitar manufacturing isn't that high tech or requires insane amounts of craftsmanship so we're lucky in the sense that quality overall has improved, across the board, wherever they're made.

Play before you pay, if you have the chance. Do otherwise only if you don't have the option to play it first.

#13
does anyone know where i can get a Goth 1958 Explorer/FR

it's the epi goth explorer with a floyd rose
#14
Quote by epi_player14
does anyone know where i can get a Goth 1958 Explorer/FR

it's the epi goth explorer with a floyd rose

The one I owned briefly came from a local shop. Since it's a discontinued model, your only options are: local shops, CraigsList, online shops, and eBay.

Good Luck!

#15
i can tell you right now that i own two epiphones and i love them both (g-400 and LP standard) a lot do put epiphone down and like it was said before there will be bad lemons but there will also be bad ones with fender gibson ESP Jackson(i know that from personal expierence) and any other company you can think of so it's all a matter of playing it before you buy it and looking it over a few times to ensure that everythings going to be just fine and that'll last
my g-400 has lasted almost two years and has multiple belt buckle dings in the back and still plays like day 1 and my les paul i got used still rocks (although it could stand a pick-up change)
so i guess all i can tell you is go into your potential place of purchase and try out the explorer and see how it feels and sounds and look for defects before you buy
#16
Quote by Ippon
^ Exactly!






Quote by PsychoJeams
Wow, that sounded very convincing


It should, it took me 5 minutes to find the appropriate language to convey my point.
HEY
Do you like anime/manga?
PM me about buying the graphic novels I'm trying to sell
#17
Every Epi I own or owned were basically perfect. As far as I know Epiphone has one of the best quality control dept around. Some of the 2nds I have looked at you couldn't figure out why it was a second because they are so picky it could be anything from a bad grain pattern in the fingerboard to a flaw in the paint that basically you can't find.

Now I have seen counterfit Epis that were crap. They look and have all the right markings even come with paper work and in a box that looks legit but the quality is shotty. These come from China and for a while were all over Ebay as well as the fake Fenders Gibsons etc. I nahve come across several in Pawn shops but never in a major Music store.
#18
My best friend has the gothic explorer, i've been trying to get him to sell it to me forever, but he won't come off of it, haha. It's a pretty sweet guitar IMO.
Quote by Gaz_m2k5
Now when people say "Congratulations, I heard you just had a baby" you can say "Thanks! It was delicious."

/#1 reason for having a kid.


PSN: YosemiteSam13
#19
I think i may go out to the city and try out some explorers, is there any difference between the gothic and the normal? Is it the finish and pickups?
#20
Quote by dustnbones316
i can tell you right now that i own two epiphones and i love them both (g-400 and LP standard) a lot do put epiphone down and like it was said before there will be bad lemons but there will also be bad ones with fender gibson ESP Jackson(i know that from personal expierence) and any other company you can think of so it's all a matter of playing it before you buy it and looking it over a few times to ensure that everythings going to be just fine and that'll last
my g-400 has lasted almost two years and has multiple belt buckle dings in the back and still plays like day 1 and my les paul i got used still rocks (although it could stand a pick-up change)
so i guess all i can tell you is go into your potential place of purchase and try out the explorer and see how it feels and sounds and look for defects before you buy


I only had one problem with a Gibson.

It was an Explorer, the strings were to high. it could of been fixed.

Fender, the biggest problem I ever had, was a tele that had too much gloss on the fretboard. Jackson, I wouldnt know I haven't used them much. the paint seems to be cheap on low end dinky's.

anyway, just be carful. If you want a Original Floyd rose, the guitar doesn't have it, and it isn't worth installing one. I asked this guitar crafter (he's been making, building, and repairing guitars for over 30 years) he's a private dude, though. He was my dad's friend. That's the onyl why we know him. He gets orders across the USA.

Anyway, he said it's better to buy a guitar with a tremolo. You might not want one now, but as you play more there'll be songs that you want a tremolo for... That's what happened to me. now I'm stuck with this thing...
#21
I would take a look at the Hamer Standards instead of the Epiphone Explorers.
Recognized by the Official EG/GG&A Who To Listen To List 2008
Quote by utsapp89
^I'd let a pro look at it. Once you get into the technicalities of screws...well, it's just a place you don't want to be, friend.
#23
Quote by Ippon
The one I owned briefly came from a local shop. Since it's a discontinued model, your only options are: local shops, CraigsList, online shops, and eBay.

Good Luck!



sorry took a while to get back on

thanks i'll have to search my local shops
#24
hey
i definitely posted a thread like this 2 days ago lol

read some of the replys on mine, they'll probably help