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#1 User is offline   dc3c46 

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 09:19 PM

Hi guys!
Gibson is coming out with an Explorer in antique natural finish.
I like it a lot.
Now that I do not really need it, having a bunch of great guitars
and I am not a metal guy, but I remember Clapton doing a great job with one once
and of course the tune "Freebird" comes on my mind.
However I got the bloody gas now.
Does anyone of you play an Explorer and what can you tell me about it?
Cheers,
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:05 AM

Torrified Grenadillo on the new one.

I had a 2007 GOTW Firebird with an ebony fret board and vibrato - it was a really nice guitar.
Selling that one hurt but the mortgage payment had to be made.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:02 AM

View Postdc3c46, on 04 September 2017 - 09:19 PM, said:


Does anyone of you play an Explorer and what can you tell me about it?
Cheers,
C.J.


Man, despite the hard rock/heavy metal look, it goes well with everything, from blues to heavy rock! [thumbup]

Mine has a pair of 496R/500T, really hot pickups.

The 2018 model comes with Burstbuckers. IMO, more versatile pickups.

Can't tell anything about granadillo fingerboard but the Antique Natural finish is just killer!!! [wub]
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:52 AM

I bought the limited run natural explorer from AMS last year and it is an awesome guitar. The only thing i dont like about it; no pickup covers, but thats just for looks. I have always had the explorer on my bucket list mainly due to Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd who is mainly the reason I started playing guitar, but Clapton, and even Bonamassa did play or play them and I dig them as well so thus the purchase. I mainly play blues rock, southern, rock, and plain ole blues and I think it does all of those very well. Mine has the 496R and 500T pickups as well and yes they are hot but playing with the volume and tone knobs a bit you can take some of that down a bit. Like others have said, with the 2018 having BB pickups there may be more versatility. Not sure what the neck profile is on the 2018 but mine is thick. Feels more like a Les Paul with Firebird access. The body will take some time to get used to. Not from a playability standpoint but from an awareness standpoint. It's so much bigger than anything else and with the offset shape, your gonna bump it against things you thought you were no where close to, haha!! Not sure about the fingerboard material but I would get one if you are on the fence b/c they are awesome guitars. I love mine and in fact have the 2018 on my list of "later this year" purchases. Might even put a bigsby on it for the vain aesthetics!!
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:05 AM

I have a 2006 76 Reissue given to me for Christmas. Mrs knew I always wanted an Explorer but I always seemed to need something else more.

It is one of the best built, best painted, best playing, best sounding guitars I've ever owned. It is by far the best put together Gibson I've ever owned.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:22 PM

View PostSteveFord, on 05 September 2017 - 12:05 AM, said:

Torrified Grenadillo on the new one.



What the hell is Torrified Grenadillo? Sound like cigar that tastes like a turd.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:34 PM

:D




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Posted 05 September 2017 - 02:28 PM

i had an early 90's explorer. it was a great guitar. was a bit heavier than i prefer. if i ever find a weight relieved one, i'll be on it like stink on sh...well, you know.
well balanced, plays great, and is the only guitar i ever had those pick ups in and actually liked them. my only complaint isn't really a valid one. the case is flippin huge. easily, you could use it for an emergency raft to save a group of drowning people. but what could they have done differently? i have no clue. that's why i say it's not a valid complaint. if you have the chance, and the price is good, buy one. you'll be glad you did. btw, the finish you are talking about is the coolest one of them all, imo
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:23 PM

View PostFZ Fan, on 05 September 2017 - 01:22 PM, said:

What the hell is Torrified Grenadillo? Sound like cigar that tastes like a turd.


Well, torrefaction is a heat treatment process that removes moisture from the wood. And Grenadillo is a tree from Central America and the Caribbean.... where cigars come from. So you're not too far off.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:45 PM

mmmmm...cigars...

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 07:53 PM

I was just looking at these 2018 Explorers & this angle seems to show the guitar body isn't as thick as it predecessors [confused] Am I wrong or did they change it?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:58 AM

It does look thinner but the lower horn does look thick. It just may be the angle.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 02:55 PM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 07 September 2017 - 07:53 PM, said:

I was just looking at these 2018 Explorers & this angle seems to show the guitar body isn't as thick as it predecessors [confused] Am I wrong or did they change it?


Don't scare me like that! My heart almost skipped a beat at the thought of a lefty Explorer. I've been wanting one for YEARS :'(

I remember seeing images of Left handed Explorers and Flying Vs that were going to be in the 2017 range, but they just up and canned them. I'm certainly not disappointed I had to go with a SG Standard, but I'd be playing a different guitar today had they actually made lefty Explorers last year.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:51 PM

View PostMicrmay2113, on 08 September 2017 - 02:55 PM, said:

Don't scare me like that! My heart almost skipped a beat at the thought of a lefty Explorer. I've been wanting one for YEARS :'(

I remember seeing images of Left handed Explorers and Flying Vs that were going to be in the 2017 range, but they just up and canned them. I'm certainly not disappointed I had to go with a SG Standard, but I'd be playing a different guitar today had they actually made lefty Explorers last year.


I was so focused on the thickness of the slab I didn't even realize the obvious [wink]
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

It does look like they made it about 1/3 skinnier than the previous ones. Hope I'm wrong about that.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:15 PM

View PostSteveFord, on 09 September 2017 - 06:16 PM, said:

It does look like they made it about 1/3 skinnier than the previous ones. Hope I'm wrong about that.


Yes it does. Need to find out before I buy one.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 06:11 PM

I've been looking at other photos of this. I'm pretty certain they wouldn't mess with thickness on these slabs of joy and mass destruction. I'm going to order one. Today is my birthday. This is my present to me.

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Oh yes it will be mine :o
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:36 AM

Well happy birthday to you indeed. That will be a helluva gift for sure. Hope we get some NGD pics in a few days. My birthday was in august and I pre-ordered a gold top classic LP so I know how the "it's my birthday" spending sprees can go.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:03 AM

Hideous, hideous, hideous things.

And just to reiterate what RCT said...

Mmmmm cigars. Mmmmm cohiba cigars. Mmmmm. With cognac.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:07 PM

Happy 29th!
Let us know how that rosewood substitute works out along with the quality of the fret work.
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