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Explorer Korina 1983

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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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From one sourcebook I have (printed in '78) they mention that the original idea was to make the '76 re-issue from Korina as per the originals.

However on inspecting the wood after delivery most of it was deemed to be below the quality required for the instruments.

According to the information supplied by Gibson to the author (Ian C. Bishop) 38 Korina Explorers were made as part of the '76 run.

 

Can't help with any of the rest.

 

P.

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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.

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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!

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whoa! settle down and stop all talking at once.... ](*,)

Hey mat. Yes I can add to this. I have a heritage explorer 1983 korina. I'm blonde. Mine is number 99 of the 100 made. These were available in natural black and a blonde colour. Not real fond of the blonde but beggars can't be chooses they say. If I work out how to link photos on here I'll send some pics. Thanks

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I have a 1983 Explorer with natural Korina  and the custom shop edition.  Serial # 80483580.  I bought it in 1987 in Columbus GA when I was stationed at Ft Benning and was 19 years old. There were two of these explorers and they were selling for $700.00 in 1987 at the music store in Columbus.  I have it set up in open e tuning and slightly raised the the strings for slide playing.  It is still in excellent shape with the original case.

 

 

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