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'80's Epiphone Explorer rebuild project Need info for rebuild

#1 User is offline   J.A.Guitarworks 

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:22 PM

Hi , I'm doing a complete rebuild of an '80's Epi Explorer for a friend. He found the guitar in someone's trash and it was completely stripped of all electronics and hardware. Just the neck and body. The body is made of plywood and the headstock reads Epiphone by gibson. The only info I could find was on un-oficial WIKI, which stated it was a Korean made Epiphone. I need help to determine scale length and also what tremelo bridge was on the guitar. I'm guessing a Floyd Rose. Any info would greatly help. Thanks folks!

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:30 PM

I am afraid I don't have the answers for you but I bet fellow member RTH does. Anyway, you should post some pics of before, during, and after the re-build on here. These kind of threads are really enjoyed on here. Good luck!
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:53 PM

View Postlpfan, on 12 April 2013 - 06:30 PM, said:

I am afraid I don't have the answers for you but I bet fellow member RTH does. Anyway, you should post some pics of before, during, and after the re-build on here. These kind of threads are really enjoyed on here. Good luck!

Thanks lpfan, I will put pics up indeed!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:03 AM

View PostAlfonso Mallo, on 12 April 2013 - 07:13 PM, said:


Hi Alfonso, I looked at that previously,was wondering what tremelo bridge system came on those. Looks like a floyd rose but not exactly. Maybe a Jackson?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:11 AM

Post PICTURES of the body. That will hep us figure out what type bridge it needs. Sounds like a fun project!
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:28 AM

View PostAoresteen, on 13 April 2013 - 08:11 AM, said:

Post PICTURES of the body. That will hep us figure out what type bridge it needs. Sounds like a fun project!

Ok here is a body pic. Thanks All!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:29 AM

View PostJ.A.Guitarworks, on 13 April 2013 - 11:28 AM, said:

Ok here is a body pic. Thanks All!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:59 PM

That looks like a fun project [thumbup] I wish I could find something like that

That isn't a Floyd trem, it's more of a standard Fender trem. Personally if it were me and it's going to get refinished I'd put a Floyd on it if there's room for it. It looks like someone may have put a Floyd on it, but plugged the added holes at one time.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:39 PM

View PostRob R, on 13 April 2013 - 01:59 PM, said:

That looks like a fun project [thumbup] I wish I could find something like that

That isn't a Floyd trem, it's more of a standard Fender trem. Personally if it were me and it's going to get refinished I'd put a Floyd on it if there's room for it. It looks like someone may have put a Floyd on it, but plugged the added holes at one time.

Now that I enlarged that wiki pic it does look like a standard trem! Thanks

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

It's known as a vintage bridge (it has six screws). You should be able to find what you need off of ebay.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:43 PM

I want that !!

i'm a fb fiend and that grain is absolutely INSANE !!

great project!
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:29 PM

View PostAoresteen, on 13 April 2013 - 04:47 PM, said:

It's known as a vintage bridge (it has six screws). You should be able to find what you need off of ebay.

Thanks Aoresteen! Thats a great help!

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:30 PM

View PostBender 4 Life, on 13 April 2013 - 06:43 PM, said:

I want that !!

i'm a fb fiend and that grain is absolutely INSANE !!

great project!

Thanks Bender! I'll post pics as I go!

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 06:30 AM

It looks like your guitar had a standard 6-screw trem originally. It also looks like someone bored the outside holes for a 2-point fulcrum tremolo at some point. You would have to fill in the outside holes to put an original trem on it.
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 08:01 AM

View PostRTH, on 15 April 2013 - 06:30 AM, said:

It looks like your guitar had a standard 6-screw trem originally. It also looks like someone bored the outside holes for a 2-point fulcrum tremolo at some point. You would have to fill in the outside holes to put an original trem on it.

Thanks RTH, I'm trying to find the exact trem that was on it. The customer did have the outside holes filled already so It should be a snap. Whatever trem was on there must have had some loooong springs as the route wall is almost twice as long as a fender style

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