Woah KX36... take a chill pill :) were you mollested by a heavy metal guitarist as a child or something? Thanks your help and clarification everyone. So let me get this straight... the Epi Goth Explorer and the Gibsons are made of mahogany (although I'm sure the Gibsons use more expensive types). The Natural finish Epi Korina explorer is made of (wait for it)... Korina. And the black Epi 58 Korina Explorer with the white pickguard is made of... mahogany?! Or is there another black epi 58 explorer that's not korina??? Maybe I need a little more clarification on that one :P or maybe what I should be asking is: does it affect tone? I mean... whatever they're made of... does it make a difference? I've never played anything that was made of Korina as far as I know. But if it's like mahogany then I'm happy! Maybe I should just get the goth if that's definitely mahogany. I do like the inlay and the black hardware. Although I did want covered pups and the white pickguard. The pickguard could be sprayed easily enough though. How hard would it be for me to find and fit some brushed steel / nickel covers to the goth pickups? And are the pickups in the goth the same as those in the Epi '58 but without covers? I noticed that the goth is significantly cheaper which is worrying although maybe that's just due to the availability of korina vs standard mahogany? Thanks again, you guys are great
Hi everyone, I'm looking at buying an Ebony Epiphone '58 Explorer and I'm wondering if that'd be a good guitar for playing thrash / modern metal as well as some hard rock. Along the lines of Early Metallica (Master of Puppets) up to modern Metallica (Death Magnetic) and Pantera and Slayer. And hard rock like Offspring. Would the Explorer be a good choice? How are the tone, stability and build? I hear all the Epi Explorer's are made of Korina (but I've also heard other things)... whatever they're made of, how does it compare to mahogany? And how are the pickups? Are they a good match for the bands/styles I listed? Finally: and I might get hung drawn and quarted for asking this... how do they compare against the Tokai EX-55 Explorer copy? Thanks for your help!