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  1. More difficult? Absolutely not. I find my Explorers my most comfortable guitars. Especially the later model (1990+) is perfectly balanced. I guess it's personal for everyone, but if you ask in this forum you probably only hear positive feedback. 😁 E
  2. IL76

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    ...whatever is cheapest... I once bought a few sets of the D'addario Pro Steels that are supposed to sound bright longer than the XL-range... Nonsense. Made no difference. So recently bought a few sets of Dunlop strings, saved me a couple of €. e
  3. All my electrics except the E/2 have D'addario 10-52's. The E/2 has 10-46. They are tuned half a step down, but a few songs in our band are tuned to B-F#-C#-F#-Bb-Eb (low Eb two steps down, G# one step down, the rest standard half a step down) I need that 52 to keep some tension in there, but the extra tension is also nice for standard tuning. E
  4. Can't complain about the balance of my rectangular Gibson case though. An Explorer case? Mine (1993) is awfully unbalanced, the grip needs to be further forward. :blink:
  5. I agree, the original Gibson Explorer case is annoying. Badly balanced, heavy and the leather grip will wear heavily over time. The padded gigbag is a good alternative to go to band practice sessions. Or get one of those aftermarket cases: http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/search.php?fuzzy=0&query=1SKB-63 Maybe those are better balanced than the Gibson cases. They sure are smaller. (not as cheap as a bag though) E
  6. There are plenty of Explorer-shaped-gigbag manufacturers around. Just Google. ;) Dunno where you are located, but even Amazon sells them (although they look flimsy). Personally, I have one like this: http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_gigbag1_explorer.htm These bags may be padded, but still you need to be careful not to knock the headstock, it's the most fragile part of the explorer. E
  7. Maybe a bit of a late response... So it's not an E/2 as those walnut/maple ones. It's an Explorer II CMT. (Curly Maple Top) I guess Gibson shared the same truss rod covers though, as the walnut E/2's were still in production back then. Cheers, Ed Wiki: The Explorer II's are not the contoured body "E/2" Explorers. The distinction is that the Explorer-II/E-II has a straight edge body with cream binding. These E-II's are made with a mahogany back and figured/flamed maple tops in "burst" colors, namely "cherry-burst" and "Tobacco burst". They did not come in clear or solid colored finishes. Also, they have the TP6 tail-piece, gold hardware, and "velvet brick" or "dirty fingers" pick-ups, cream color body binding, with a black pick-guard, and 3 knobs in a row. The necks have ebony fret boards. Those items together distinguish an Explorer II from the later E/2.
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