1958 Korina Explorer review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (61 votes)
Epiphone: 1958 Korina Explorer
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Price paid: £ 350

Purchased from: GuitarGuitar

Sound — 7
It has a really wierd sound for it's pickups, although I like it. I don't use any effects, just a Peavey amp, which it sounds good on, but it gets mushy with distortion at high volumes. The Music I play is led zeppelin, AC/DC, Trivium, twisted sister, and Van Halen. It sounds good for the classic rock stuff, but it really isn't a metal guitar. but that's just an Epiphone thing. But it has a good variety, very good clean tone.

Overall Impression — 9
It's perfectly matches my style of music, and it doesnt't't even compare to my Epiphone SG. I've been playing 2 years now, and it is defo my main guitar, the thing is my pride and joy. And if it were stolen, I would hunt down the guy that stole it, and kill him. The only bad thing is, the protruding edges are easily chipped as they stick out for miles, but it's looking okay right now. So overall, a really nice guitar! the only thing I would swap for it would be the same guitar in a natural finish, which is what I wanted originally, but all they had in stock was ebony. And of course, it being korina, it weighs a ton! Only thing I wish it had was slightly more capable pickups. hoping to get EMG's for it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would definetily gig with this without backup. It's extremely reliable. but the neck strap button is poorly placed, the strap just pops off it. But a straplock sorted that. The hardware is in excellent nick, and will surely last a while. I can really find nothing wrong with it's reliability, it is put together extremely well.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It was actually quite good when it came out the box, everything was set up fine, no real flaws. But it was covered in condensation, but that's not really the factories fault. Other than that, all's good. but the treble pickup could do with a raise, as it is the same height as the rhythm pickup, but it's raised no real problems so far.

Features — 8
I bought this guitar in 2007 from guitarguitar (a shop) for 350. It has a ebony finish, tune o matic bridge, rosewood fretboard, korina body, 22 jumbo frets, and 2 alnico classic humbucking pickups. with 2 volume knobs, 1 tone, and a 3 way selector switch. It also came with a lead and an extra set of strings. But it was covered in condensation when taken out the box. Not a good thing.

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    leony03
    nowa90 wrote: warrenguitar : Looks like a great guitar, i love the explorer shape! Wat's the difference between normal and jumbo frets? the size
    haha. Jumbo frets are a cheaper way of producing what is known as a scalloped fretboard. The idea behind this is to make it so that your fingers dont have to actually press all the way down onto the neck of the guitar, thus allowing you to have a lighter (and therefore (supposedly) faster) touch. What some guitarists would do is to have the fret board slightly dug out (scalloped) between the frets. Putting slightly higher (or jumbo) frets is a lot cheaper than having a scalloped fretboard. copied and pasted off a website
    sandman-105
    i've been thinking of getting this or the Epi goth for a Brootle Explorer build but since they are the same ecpt the cosmetics i think i will get the goth and save like $100 thanks for the review
    Edby
    hmm am looking for a crisp clean tone and i can either get this or a jackson JS30KE Kelly. The kellys got really good reviews but im afraid the kelly might go out of fashion whereas this is a timeless classic design! Help Help?
    Joseph Castro
    Bbauer wrote: ive learned to hate epiphone, ive relized that epiphone to gibson sucks compared to ltd to esp, ltd's are built with more quality and precesion the epis ever will be
    i hate esp's. the fret bars are too high for me
    Instant Mash
    Bbauer wrote: ive learned to hate epiphone, ive relized that epiphone to gibson sucks compared to ltd to esp, ltd's are built with more quality and precesion the epis ever will be
    Could that be because Epiphones aren't built specifically for your style of music, which I'm gonna assume is metal?
    thegrungyhippie
    Bbauer wrote: ive learned to hate epiphone, ive relized that epiphone to gibson sucks compared to ltd to esp, ltd's are built with more quality and precesion the epis ever will be
    XD
    Bbauer
    ive learned to hate epiphone, ive relized that epiphone to gibson sucks compared to ltd to esp, ltd's are built with more quality and precesion the epis ever will be
    David_Bowie=GOD
    sandman-105 wrote: i've been thinking of getting this or the Epi goth for a Brootle Explorer build but since they are the same ecpt the cosmetics i think i will get the goth and save like $100 thanks for the review
    korina is a better sounding wood
    nowa90
    warrenguitar : Looks like a great guitar, i love the explorer shape! Wat's the difference between normal and jumbo frets?
    the size
    warrenguitar
    Looks like a great guitar, i love the explorer shape! Wat's the difference between normal and jumbo frets?
    Vendim
    The only bad thing .....the only thing I would swap...Only thing I wish it had..... I guess you wanted to say: There are SOME things... I've got a Gibson Explorer and it was in a poor condition.... The fretboard wasn't adjustet really good ( but I handed my guiatr the guitar builder and he fixed it), there is a (little)scratch on the headstock and the toggle shwitch doesn't work sometimes... I guess I have to call the guitar-guy again... The guitar was (for a Gibson ONLY) 888 Euro and for that amount of money I expected a better guitar...
    damskippy
    I've got an Epiphone Korina SG, not terribly fond of it. It has that Yellow Korina finish as well, I added gold hardware and it looks pretty damn cool. If only it played as well as it looks. The tone is kind of ambiguous, but the neck feels really good. But over all since my buddy gave it to me for free I guess I shouldn't bitch.
    Underjoggle
    deadlydunc wrote: if it has a rosewood fretboard, what is finished in ebony?
    The body comes in natural Korina or Ebony finishes, it just happened to have the natural picture up.
    fretman5000
    Joseph Castro wrote: Bbauer wrote: ive learned to hate epiphone, ive relized that epiphone to gibson sucks compared to ltd to esp, ltd's are built with more quality and precesion the epis ever will be i hate esp's. the fret bars are too high for me
    i hate esps 2. they are very poor quality that ive played and are overpriced 4 what they r.