2018 Gibson Explorer?

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  1. ciscodudewan

    ciscodudewan Senior Member

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    Bud Stoner Senior Member

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    Seems really interesting spec wise.......

    Aluminum bridge and tailpiece, cryogenically dipped frets, and the torrified grenadilla finger board is a nice touch, as well as the nickel hardware instead of the gold that usually comes with the natural finishes.

    I'd love to have one myself!
     
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    A little hat tilt to the vintage realm with the BB's and aluminum.
     
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    Very nice Explorer, a little new, a little old.
     
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    I love the color, and I like everything but the granadillo fretboard. I am sure it's fine, but I would prefer Rosewood. Burstbuckers are a nice touch.
     
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    It looks like a real beauty. I like the finish on it also. I'm sure the BBs sound very good also.
     
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    +1 on the BB's. I had a 120 model pass through my hands and it came stock with A-5 BB-Pro's. They sounded pretty good for a nice all around Rock N' Roll sound. This years issue uses A-2, BB's (2&3) and i'm wondering if they are going be wax potted. iirc, the A-2 BB, 1,2 and 3 are not wax potted.
     
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    I have one sitting here. I'm not one for detailed technical reviews but it seems to be of better quality than some other Gibson USA production line models I've tried which felt really cheap. What caught my eye is that it's as close as I've seen to an Allen Collins sort of look, not quite natural but close enough, white pick guard, chrome hardware. Doesn't have a huge neck which I'd prefer but for that you have to go for a Custom Shop at more than twice the price. The grenadillo is different looking, a little orangy and lighter than rosewood but not hideous and funky like obeche which was on the 2012 Explorer Tremolo. I'll be replacing the knobs with vintage amber top hats and have already put my favorite pickup (Bare Knuckle Nailbomb) in the bridge. With coupons and other discount I was able to muster I think I paid just over $1,100. Hardshell case included. For that sort of price I don't see any real reason to complain.

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    Just to add, it weighs 8 lbs 14 ounces. I ran in to something which temporarily caused some serious concerns and that was the location of the strap buttons. Due to my bulging stomach, when wearing it on a strap it wanted to lean forward and down facing making it hard to see the fretboard without constantly holding on to it. I debated whether to move the upper button but really didn't want to drill a hole. Using the strap over the lower horn trick seems to work fine fortunately.
     
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    Rocks!

    +1 on the strap over horn tech'. Works like a charm!
     
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    How did the BB#2/BB#3 combo work? I was thinking 'bout putting them on my '17 (or, better, BB#1+BB#3).

    Nice point of Natural..reminds me of the korina model.
     
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    That looks amazing! I really wish they would have continued with the Rosewood Fretboards as well, but Grenadillo is miles ahead of Richlite and baked maple IMHO.
     
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    They're not my cup of tea, as a matter of fact they'll be available for sale soon! The finish does have more of an amber hue to it than it appears in my picture. It's not an outright light natural shade. I wish it was.

     
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    Hi,
    Unfortunately, I'm too far to pick 'em up.
    Can you get a little deeper in judging them?
    How do they sound, compared to the older ceramics (496R/500T, or 496R/496T of the 2017s) or to SD's '59s?

     
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    I don't know enough about the other pickups you mentioned to compare. I just need something with higher output and more crunch.
     
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    looks nice, but my goodness, when will they make one with a '50s neck? I love them, but short of buying a reissue, I can't get along with the tiny necks.
     
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    I remember when I was still there that USA made a one-off, no serial # korina Ex in 2002 that they were planning on making until Edwin and Rick Gembar raised holy hell and made them stop. It was brought up to Elgin where I was at. I have pics I'll have to dig up but it was a beauty!
     
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    Well, ok. Sorry if I'm getting a bit "heavy", but..was the BB3 harsh and ice pick-y, or was it quite rounded? Were they properly balanced in volume?

    In order to stay in Gibson's playground, you should probably try the 496R/500T combo. More output and crounch, definately.

    That's exactly what I always thought. Probably because the most part of Explorer users are metalheads who don't want chunky necks - plus, they gotta keep flying high Korina's appearance.
     
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    The Dirty Fingers in my Vee are totally clean AND crunchy. A lot of output while maintaining good tone.
     
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    The BB's didn't seem ice pick-y and they were balanced just fine. My ears are just used to something else and they seemed anemic compared to the Nailbombs. Funny how perspective changes, 57 Classics used to be my favorite and now I even replace those.

    For some reason, Guitar Center and MusiciansFriend have upped the price on these to $1,539. Everyone else is still $1,399.
     
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