Explorer review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 3
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 5 Decent
  • Users' score: 8.3 (44 votes)
Epiphone: Explorer
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Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 8
Sound is good for metal, and some rock, but that's about it. Doesn't have a bluesy tone at all, or funk, or anything like that. This bass was made for ripping metal. Bass does have a bit of punch though, and even on a crappy Peavey 20 watt practice amp, it sounds good. The pickup selector is nice too, and gives a nice range of sounds, going from higher toned, to deeper toned, and the sweetspot in between.

Overall Impression — 3
I play a lot of fast metal and such, but I also like funk and blues, so this bass works for metal. I've been playing for 3 years, but the only good thing about this bass is it's looks, and even those are starting to wear away. I really wish I had seen past the looks and gone with something else with better action and playability. If this was stolen my only gripe would be paying for a better bass, as this is worth quite a bit and will help when I upgrade soon.

Reliability & Durability — 4
Bass is easily scratched, and finger prints show like night and day. The bass has a tendency to not want to hold onto it's strap, resulting in the bass falling to the floor if I'm not careful. I can't say I would use it live without a backup as well, as I just don't trust it by itself yet, and probably wont ever.

Action, Fit & Finish — 3
The bass is interesting. Action could be better, what with the sticky paint on the neck, even if it does Shine like the surface of the sun. Also, the pickup selector and volume knobs wobble in their respective places, and any gold metal on the bass itself is tarnished deeply. Also, the wood quality could be better. It looks cheap.

Features — 7
Made in 2005 (Reissue of the 1958), and made in Korea. It's on a 34" scale, and has 22 frets. Black paint is absolutely beautiful and goes with the white pick guard and gold hardware quite nicely. Although, the gold tarnishes very quickly, and makes me a bit irritated when I look at it. Neck is thru the body, and gives a nice sound. The wood looks cheap, and probably is, but that's alright I guess. The fret inlay is cheap plastic, and they didn't even bother to make it look remotely like pearl, like a lot of guitars do. Electronics sound very nice, and there is no fret buzz at all. No gig bag was included though, and it was a pain to find one that fits this bass. Plus the custom made hard shell cases cost about $80 each, sadly...

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    David_Bowie=GOD
    The pickups are too close to the strings so slapping is hard couse it always hits them and makes a clicking noise.
    does grammar even matter for reviews on the internetz?
    EpiExplorer
    David_Bowie=GOD wrote: The pickups are too close to the strings so slapping is hard couse it always hits them and makes a clicking noise. does grammar even matter for reviews on the internetz?
    Obviously not
    speedfreak_808
    EpiExplorer wrote: David_Bowie=GOD wrote: The pickups are too close to the strings so slapping is hard couse it always hits them and makes a clicking noise. does grammar even matter for reviews on the internetz? Obviously not
    I don't get why he doesn't just adjust the pickup height?
    timcommenford
    the problem wit de epiphone flying V and explorer basses is if your buying 1 you probly dont have much money(unless your a collector of sum sort) and the whole point of these basses is too show them off (coz they look sweet) so you need a bag or case to get around wit them and because these shapes of bass are pritty rare you have to pay atleast 50(80$) so if you think your your getting this cheap guess again not to forget youll hav to buy a distorsion/overdrive pedal to get de true feeling of the V or Explorer