Explorers

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Cygnus X-1, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    58
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2017
    I'm toying with getting an Explorer- shaped guitar.....anyone here who owns one have any info regarding the body shape? Is it awkward to play either sitting or standing? I'm a LP guy so that's what I'm used to.


    Thanks!
     
  2. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

    Messages:
    15,053
    Likes Received:
    22,305
    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    IMO-the upper fret access and the way the neck extends out from the body is a revelation. I much prefer the neck joint on these types of guitars over an LP; SG, 335, Firebird, etc.

    That said, if the LP is all you know, you might not like the neck joint. Again, IMHO, the single cut neck joint is what gives the LP its unique tone. The Explorer should have a more focused midrange tone. I appreciate the LP tone, but I love the focused tone and playability of my SG, 335, Firebird, etc.
     
  3. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    58
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2017
    Thanks for your thoughts!
     
    mdubya likes this.
  4. penguinchit

    penguinchit Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,193
    Likes Received:
    966
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2015
    My son tried out a couple Explorers this weekend. Said they were actually pretty comfortable to play sitting because of where it sits on the thigh and the giant wing that sticks up was a pretty good arm rest.

    I've never tried them because I just can't play an ugly guitar. Never played the SG either...
     
  5. BadPenguin

    BadPenguin Senior Member

    Messages:
    611
    Likes Received:
    297
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2015
    My only complaint is that, like the SG, if you play it with your eyes closed, F, is not where it should be. :)
     
    endial likes this.
  6. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    58
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2017
    At the risk of sounding dumb- what do you mean?
     
  7. BadPenguin

    BadPenguin Senior Member

    Messages:
    611
    Likes Received:
    297
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2015
    It's the positioning of the neck. The headstock is slightly... ummmm... further away from the body then on a Paul. Sit with it, or an SG, and you can see the difference as compared with a Paul. Scale is the same, just in a different position.
     
    mdubya likes this.
  8. endial

    endial Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,902
    Likes Received:
    1,299
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    The neck seems to be (no, it actually is) located "further away" from you, as if the nut were "at D" instead of at E, so when you habitually go to E you somehow wind up a fret short and are in the F fretting area (if you're not paying attention, or, closing your eyes).
     
  9. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    58
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2017
    Interesting- thanks for the input
     
  10. HCRoadie

    HCRoadie Senior Member

    Messages:
    862
    Likes Received:
    617
    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2014
    I picked up an Epi Explorer last week. I have had zero issues transitioning from LesP playing. I play just as crappaly on both. I also have an Ibanez Iceman which is "sort of" explorer shaped. On that thing I am constantly off by a 1/2 step.
     
    mdubya and Cygnus X-1 like this.
  11. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

    Messages:
    15,053
    Likes Received:
    22,305
    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Right. On an LP, the 7th fret is right under your nose. On an SG or 335, it's the 10th fret. On a reverse Firebird (and, I suspect, an Explorer) it is closer to the 12th fret.

    This influences the way you play to a certain degree. I find that to be a good thing; different guitars, different moods.

    If you like playing leads at the 12th fret, you will love the Explorer. :hippie:
     
    The_Nuge and Cygnus X-1 like this.
  12. Custom53

    Custom53 Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,514
    Likes Received:
    1,337
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    rclausen likes this.

Share This Page