Posted 03 August 2010 - 05:18 PM
Some 10 years ago, I bought a 1985 Explorer that was all black, no pickguard, had a stud mount Kahler, and a humbucker/single/single pickup configuration. Each of the pickups had an on/off mini toggle, and the two knobs were master volume, and tone. One knob clicked up and down for coiltapping the Dirty Fingers humbucker.
I emailed Gibson at the time, and I think I remember getting an ID back from them saying it was an Explorer 400+. I gave away the guitar to a friend of mine, missed it, so I bought another one of the exact same type, but a different color (kind of an olive drab/gray sparkle).
I recently refretted my Explorer, and I've heard some stories that Wayne Charvel was responsible for the H/S/S with the mini on/offs config. I've searched for Explorer 400+, but found that the designation 400 was used for a number of Gibsons. So now I'm doubting the ID.
So my question is: Is there a specific sub-model nomenclature for my Explorer? I'm going to take better pictures with a better camera, but here's a few with my crappy cell phone.
I replaced the mini toggles with some red tipped minis that I liked better, and got rid of the humbucker coil tap and the Dirty Fingers - replaced it with a Dimarzio X2N.
Anyone else own one of these? Any gurus out there can tell me more?
Posted 05 August 2010 - 06:08 PM
Hope that helps!
Posted 07 August 2010 - 07:53 AM
On a side note, if you still have the Dirty Fingers pup, I would be interested
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 05:35 PM
I still do have the Dirty Fingers pickup, hanging on to it until I find a permanent choice for the bridge pickup, for now the X2N is doing OK, but I think I'm going to try a couple different types of pickup. For now, I'm sticking with the stock single coils, they have some nice cleans to them. My friend who has my first one of these swapped his single coils out with Cool Rails and loves them in there.