#1
is there any way to get a whammy bar on an explorer?i went over to my local music store and they said they wouldnt install a floyd rose for under $600, so is there a cheap alternative, even without tuning locks, just so i can atleast get a whammy on that mofo?
#3
Sell it and get the Gibson Shred X Explorer from the GOTW series.
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#4
B-5 bigsby tailpiece.
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#5
Get an Epiphone Futura with the floyd, and upgrade the pickups? It'll be more than $600, but worth it. I've never saw a Gibson Explorer with a whammy bar.
#6
Quote by BeëlzeM
Sell it and get the Gibson Shred X Explorer from the GOTW series.

It has tuning stability issues, because it doesn't have a locking nut.
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#7
Quote by AdamDK
Get an Epiphone Futura with the floyd, and upgrade the pickups? It'll be more than $600, but worth it. I've never saw a Gibson Explorer with a whammy bar.

You may find this, and this, worth noting. Loads of Explorers have whammy bars of some kind, including Gibbys.
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a Jackson Kelly?
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Quote by AdamDK
Get an Epiphone Futura with the floyd, and upgrade the pickups? It'll be more than $600, but worth it. I've never saw a Gibson Explorer with a whammy bar.
wrong, i have saw a gibson explorer with a whammy bar, allen collins had one with a whammy bar
#14
Setsbars KILL the tone of a guitar. No sustain, lifeless.

A bowen handle, bigsby, or maestro tremolo is a MUCH better idea.
Khaler if you have a router/pro to do it.
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Setsbars KILL the tone of a guitar. No sustain, lifeless.

A bowen handle, bigsby, or maestro tremolo is a MUCH better idea.
Khaler if you have a router/pro to do it.

Don't forget the locking nut- A Floyd Rose style is preferred to the Kahler style.
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#16
How about Wilkison (sp?) idk if those fit, but it'd atleast be vibrato, and it wouldn't be $600 bucks.

Also the Epi series with the floyds are not recessed, so you cannot do pull ups on them, only dives .

I'm sure you could find somewhere to do it cheaper than $600 though, and you can always install a locking nut on a guitar, email Kahler and ask to buy just the locking nut - 99% chance they'll sell you one if you say "Hey I bought X but it doesn't have a LN, can I buy one?"
#17
Quote by edusty2010
How about Wilkison (sp?) idk if those fit, but it'd atleast be vibrato, and it wouldn't be $600 bucks.

Also the Epi series with the floyds are not recessed, so you cannot do pull ups on them, only dives .

I'm sure you could find somewhere to do it cheaper than $600 though, and you can always install a locking nut on a guitar, email Kahler and ask to buy just the locking nut - 99% chance they'll sell you one if you say "Hey I bought X but it doesn't have a LN, can I buy one?"

No, only the Futuras don't have recessed floyds- the EM-2's do, I believe.
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#18
Look at the Dean Z's with Floyds. I think some of the '79 Series have Floyds, but don't hold me to it
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#20
Quote by AdamDK
Get an Epiphone Futura with the floyd, and upgrade the pickups? It'll be more than $600, but worth it. I've never saw a Gibson Explorer with a whammy bar.


But that would involve buying an epiphone and subsequently get ripped off as epiphones are quite crap and you can get an actual gibson for the price of some of them. As for the actual question at the top of the page, in theory you can stick a whammy bar on any guitar its just a lot of work, "major guitar surgery" to quote my mate when i asked him. You say they would only do it for $600? I thought it cost a lot more than that actually.
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#21
there is a b-5 bigsby with a virbramate mounting for explorers, they may run you about ?$250? as far as i recall, but you wouldnt have to drill any holes in your guitar, it mounts it.
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#22
There were some Explorers that came with trems but if you want to keep yours I second Stetsbar. I have tried them out and I do not see where they ruin sustain or tone any more than a Floyd or Kahler. You want to keep your Gibson all original if you can. A Stetsbar will mount right on the stop bar studs you might not get the range you would with a Floyd but it will not ruin your guitar. Save your stop bar so when you sell the guitar you can remount it sell the Stetsbar and guitar separate and actually make more. You really have to take a lot of wood out of a guitar in order to mount a Floyd and if you do not like it your stuck with it and you spent $600.00+ and will never sell the guitar for what it's worth. You don't want to add anything to your Gibson that means drilling holes thru the finish any thing like that will also devalue the guitar.

Don't listen to people who tell you Epis are crap. Epis hold there own to Gibson. Prophecy Furturas are great guitars. I have the the version with the stop bar and ToM it's one of the best guitars I ever bought I prefer it over my Gibson Explorer. You will have to deal with EMG pups though. I wish the Marcus Henderson Apparition was available when I got my Futura it's a little better because they contoured the heel for better upper fret access.

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