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  1. Also guys, here's a link to an obviously near minty one, and in the pics (tell me if I'm wrong), but the handle actually lloks plastic. The busted one on mine is solid plastic. Could it be actually original? I'd just assumed that a custom case for an expensive limited run reissue trying to look like an original 58 would use a proper stiched leather handle!? http://www.frettedamericana.com/product/1981-gibson-flying-v-heritage-birds-eye-korina
  2. Hi all. I have a 1981 Gibson Heritage Korina, and the original case handle is knackered (as they tend to be). It's the brown case with the pink lining. The handle I got with the case when I bought it is a cheap plastic job (and it of course snapped in twain in transit recently). As far as I am aware the originals are a stitched (brown with white stitching?) leather (or maybe vinyl?), with a "squared C" shape and a flattened ridge where it's stitched. Is this all correct? If so, where on earth would I find one? I'll also need the hinge hardware. Would of course prefer original - don't suppose someone got a huge box of them from the factory in 1983?? Any help would be great. Mat
  3. And can I get ANY serial numbers guys?? Is there a record somewhere? Edit - finally found them! Heritage Korina Explorers were stamped in ink with a 1, followed by a space, followed by 4 numbers. They were simply numbered in order of manufacture, so I assume they range from "1 0001" to around "1 0100". Whew!
  4. Thanks Pippy. Yep, I'd heard the stuff about lack of timber when they tried to get the '76 run done. I hadn't heard about the run of 38 Korina Explorers that they did manage to make at that time. Can anyone verify this? In meantime, would love people to answer the original post. Thanks Pippy.
  5. whoa! settle down and stop all talking at once....
  6. Hi all. I'm rather enjoying a bit of ongoing research into the first round of '58 reissues of V, Explorer & (not technically a "reissue" - or IS it...heh) Modernes. Now, I'm asking here about the Explorers in Korina. I now know they were made in 1983 only (there MAY be some very rare earlier Korina's from 1976, but the only actual run of Korinas was 1983). Now, as I understand it, there were about 100 Korina Heritages, and about 100 Kornina Custom Shop Explorers made in 1983. The Heritages had a stamped serial (old school style) and old style tuners (like the originals), whereas the Custom Shop ones had a pressed-in serial, stamped custom shop logo, and Kluson tuners. All had 3-piece bodies, however a fistful (?maybe 10 of each type) of the earliest ones had 2 piece bodies. All the Heritage models were natural Korina, whereas the Custom Shop ones were maybe about 1/2 natural, then others in red, black and blonde? All came with Tim Shaw PAF hand-wound pickups. Is this all correct? Can anyone add to info? I am yet to see a single pic of one of the Korina Heritage Explorers from 1983 (but have seen lots of the Custom Shop ones...)!! What serial numbers were they all given? What are they all worth these days? Awesome, Mat
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