#1
Hey peoples. Any of you guys know anything about Gibson Explorer Studios? I have an opportunity to pick one up for $500. It has some cosmetic damage on the lower side of the body and comes with a HSC. I am not sure if I started learning guitar when these models were discontinued so I don't know much about them so any info would be nice.
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Like an Explorer but a little smaller. Has a flame top, neck and body binding as well. Gibson 500T and 496R pickups.

It's about ninety percent of an actual Explorer, size wise.

EDIT: Disregard. Thought we were talking about the pro model.

It's the same thing as this, just without the top and binding.
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Like an Explorer but a little smaller. Has a flame top, neck and body binding as well. Gibson 500T and 496R pickups.

It's about ninety percent of an actual Explorer, size wise.



A Studio model has a flame top, and neck and body binding? The regular Explorers never had that as far as I know... after they discontinued the Studio, did they introduce the Explorer Pro?
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A Studio model has a flame top, and neck and body binding? The regular Explorers never had that as far as I know... after they discontinued the Studio, did they introduce the Explorer Pro?


Oh the STUDIO!?


Take away the flame top and the binding.
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Oh the STUDIO!?


Take away the flame top and the binding.



I thought there was a mix up :P

Studio models in general are ... not well regarded, is this also an unloved model?
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Quote by Habit Zero
I thought there was a mix up :P

Studio models in general are ... not well regarded, is this also an unloved model?


Well it IS discontinued for a reason.


No, they aren't really bad guitars. They sound like their contemporaries. They're just smaller.
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Hey peoples. Any of you guys know anything about Gibson Explorer Studios? I have an opportunity to pick one up for $500. It has some cosmetic damage on the lower side of the body and comes with a HSC. I am not sure if I started learning guitar when these models were discontinued so I don't know much about them so any info would be nice.

Get it! If you don't mind the Basswood body.

It was discontinued 2005: http://www.gibson.com/products/gibson/xfactor/dsxs.html

The X-plorer Studio brings a wider variety of finishes and a new level of affordability to guitarists who have embraced the slightly scaled-down body size. The X-plorer Studio's body is 90 percent of the classic Gibson Explorer, which makes for a more balanced, ergonomic fit with the player. Features include two high-output ceramic mini-humbuckers, a basswood body, mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson USA hardshell case.

Gibson Mini-Humbucker
When Gibson introduced the Les Paul Deluxe in 1969, it incorporated the mini-humbucker which had only been available on certain Gibson-made Epiphone models. With its smaller size, narrow magnetic field and unique design combination, the mini-humbucker produces bright and focused output, while retaining the famous Gibson humbucker performance.

The X-plorer features a vintage replica of the original mini-humbucker, with adjustable pole pieces and bar Alnico II magnets.
Technical Info
Specifications

Manufactured in: Nashville, TN

Body: Basswood

Neck:
- Species: Mahogany
- Peghead Pitch: 17 in.
- Thickness at 1st fret: .800 in.
- Thickness at 12th fret: .850 in.
- Heel Length: .625 in.
- Neck Joint Location: 19th Fret

Fingerboard:
- Species: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 24 3/4 in.
- Total Length: 18.137 in.
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut Width: 1.687 in.
- Width at 12th Fret: 2.062 in.
- Inlays: Dot

Hardware:
- Plating Finish: Chrome
- Tailpiece: Stopbar
- Bridge: Tune-o-matic
- Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
- Tuners: 'Grover'

Electronics:
- Neck Pickup: Ceramic Mini-Humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: Ceramic Mini-Humbucker



#8
Thanks for the info guys. I'll go and check out the Explorer and see if I like it or not. I think the price of $500 is ok even with the cosmetic damage.

Here are the damage pics:
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4104/87115263yh5.jpg
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/6556/84625845da5.jpg
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Anyone know what it originally sold for? The regular Explorer and Explorer Pros go for just about $1000, so a Studio may have gone for... $800? $700? For an older discontinued model, I suppose $500 is pretty good.
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Thanks for the info guys. I'll go and check out the Explorer and see if I like it or not. I think the price of $500 is ok even with the cosmetic damage battle scars.

Here are the damage battle scars/pics: ...

*fixed*



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Quote by Habit Zero
Anyone know what it originally sold for? The regular Explorer and Explorer Pros go for just about $1000, so a Studio may have gone for... $800? $700? For an older discontinued model, I suppose $500 is pretty good.

Thats what I'm thinking. I'll check it out this week if the guy still has it and I may or may not buy it. I've never been a Gibson guy but this peeked my interest.

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*fixed*




Thanks Ippon. Battle scars does sound alot better then cosmetic damage at this point lol.
-Denny
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