Explorer Resurrection

Discussion in 'Other Gibsons' started by AlvisX, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. AlvisX

    AlvisX Senior Member

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    A guy I sort of knew in a previous life had this '83 Explorer & Univox on Craig's and Im the early bird
    So I went n grabbed 'em . He said they were deserted in a hot Louisiana garage (that could translate to ...Katrina). So the neck was hangin like a loose tooth..heel was a little cracked .The tongue of the joint just kinda slid right out

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    So I got it home ,clamped up & went on the road for two weeks while it set in my kitchen
    When I got back I had the task of trying to remove all the rusty screws without breakin heads off...
    Was actually able to keep the pots n switch after some cleaning
    Now it had a factory Kahler rout (the stoptail mout version,thankfully). The guy had covered it with some odd piece of pickguard . To heck with that says I, some black leather dye in the cavity did the trick

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    Pickups in it were a dead DiMarzio Super D and this 17k sealed thing . Not really sure what it is OR if I wanna plug it into anything ;) Gibson ? 80s Schecter ?

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    Finally got all them rusty screws out n polished her up a bit ,electronics cleaned up, a new tunematic . I decided to go with a 36th anni PAF in the bridge and a Schuyler Dean humb sized p-90 from the parts drawer,that didn't quite cut it in the bridge . A BWB pickguard to top it off AND I even bought a case for it so I could take it on the road

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    Now ,I never considered myself an Exploder guy .....lots of V's & Birds,but not so hot on Exp's
    BUT like Arnold Ziffel, a little character goes a long way ....

     
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  2. truckermde

    truckermde Senior Member

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    Oh man, that is freakin' badass!!

    HNGD :)
     

  3. truckermde

    truckermde Senior Member

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    Sweet tones, too :cheers2:
     

  4. Hangers

    Hangers Senior Member

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    Looks great and sounds even better!

    Nice score.
     

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    endial Senior Member

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    Awesome!
    Sounds great and the dude can play. Win!
     

  6. bossaddict

    bossaddict @david.beason on IG Premium Member

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    Great job!
     

  7. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    NASTY! Nice save Alvis!

    Got that swampy NOLA vibe just drippin' out of it!
     
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  8. rclausen

    rclausen Senior Member

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    Nice work. Sounds killer
     

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