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Hi there. Just wondering if Gibson will ever release an explorer with a floyd rose and a maple fretboard? This is something I would like to have. I know that they made some FR equipped explorers (Matthias Jabs model/Vampir Blood Moon/Explorer FR) several years ago. However, no maple fretboard, while Epiphone made a limited run with maple fingerboard (Long & McQuade exclusive series). This could look like this one below (This one is a real guitar with a Kramer headstock, as I didnt want to mess with photoshop, but you get the idea).

 

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Gibson has offered a Floyd Rose (and similar design) trem system-equipped Explorer before, over the years.

 

I can't find a single one with a plain maple fingerboard though.

Most have been mahogany necks with rosewood fingerboards.

 

Hope springs eternal that they'll issue one with the plain maple.

I personally prefer such a fret board.

 

:)

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Czech out this red Hondo, in a GC in Danvers, north of Bahston, Mass.

 

It's really cool, and the price is right.

 

Sadly, she's got a fixed bridge.

 

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Hondo/EXPLORER-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar-114582080.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyIyB0P2N4AIVQRh9Ch3CPw1iEAQYBSABEgL0ifD_BwE

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Czech out this red Hondo, in a GC in Danvers, north of Bahston, Mass.

 

It's really cool, and the price is right.

 

Sadly, she's got a fixed bridge.

 

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Hondo/EXPLORER-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar-114582080.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyIyB0P2N4AIVQRh9Ch3CPw1iEAQYBSABEgL0ifD_BwE

 

 

Yeah, but the Hondo doesn't have the explorer headstock. Similar guitars can be obtained brand new. Check Kramer Voyager reissue:

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In contrast, Epiphone negative series was almost spot-on, but no floyd! See here:

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Yeah, it's tough to find exactly what you want in most cases.

 

That white Epiphone with the hockey stick head reminds me of a Strat body S300 I had in the late 1990's.

 

It looked like the one in this link below.

 

I bought it used off of a Soldier in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

It was later stolen from my house on Oahu, in 2003.

 

Dumb burglar took the Epiphone strat copy and left a perfectly good Gibson Les Paul sitting right there in the corner.

 

[scared]

 

 

https://reverb.com/item/15924698-epiphone-s-300-strat-copy-white-maple-neck-hockey-stick-headstock

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Gibson does produce Explorers with Floyd Rose from time to time, the one below is from Gibson's archive....

 

DSXTRCWCT1-Finish-Shot.jpg

Epiphone also produces them, the most recent Explorer influenced model below is not currently in production.

 

ME_Splash.jpg

 

Have to keep an eye on the Limited Editions and Custom Shop models, specially if you want a maple fingerboard... If you do a google search for an Explorer with Floyd Rose you will find quite a few used ones...

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Gibson does produce Explorers with Floyd Rose from time to time, the one below is from Gibson's archive....

 

DSXTRCWCT1-Finish-Shot.jpg

Epiphone also produces them, the most recent Explorer influenced model below is not currently in production.

 

ME_Splash.jpg

 

Have to keep an eye on the Limited Editions and Custom Shop models, specially if you want a maple fingerboard... If you do a google search for an Explorer with Floyd Rose you will find quite a few used ones...

 

Well, I can be OK with an ebony/phenolic (so either black or white) fingerboard if maple is not avalable in few years. To me rosewood looks very poo colored;) It is just weird for me that Gibson/Epi are not a little bit open minded - explorer with bright fingerboard looks killer.

 

But again, there was no Gibson/Epi explorers with a floyd rose for many years. Bummer.

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