From Zero to Hero - Gibson Explorer Custom '59 Tobacco Makeover!

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  1. Oleynior

    Oleynior Senior Member

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    I've always wondered why Gibson didn't do the Explorer Custom model? I imagined what it would look like if it really was made in the late fifties. Because I can not afford on Gibson Custom Shop and the European M2M program didn't include Explorer, I wrote down my expectations and decided to makeover my 2011 '76 Gibson Explorer. I entrusted my idea to Mr. Witkowski (known Polish luthier). First, I considered Black Beauty, but finally I decided to do something else. Few months after starting work (at the end of 2016), Gibson released the Explorer Custom.

    Here's how it looked originally:
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    The work began with removing the fingerboard. The factory chip is sticking under it.
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    The finish from the body was removed, showing three pieces of mahogany.
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    I decided on a simple and classic flame maple top.
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    To mask slightly splayed wood on the back, we used two pieces of mahogany wood. Top and back were glued to the body, and then the binding was added.
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    The original logo and a piece of wood from maple top were used to make holly headstock veneer.
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    Time for Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays and the nibs.
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    Last look at the factory serial number.
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    That's how it looks before glued the fingerboard and holly veneer. The next stage was drilling holes for hardware and pickups.
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    Few coats of nitro from Dartfords, aging hardware from 59Parts.pl and here we go.

    Let me introduce to you my Gibson Explorer Custom Plus '59 Tobacco Burst.

    Kluson 6 in line bushing tuners. Nylon nut. 5ply binding on holly headstock.
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    Stinger with stamped serial nr refers to 1959.
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    Dark brown back with a burst and 5ply binding.
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    Tobacco burst top with 7ply binding. No pickguard.
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    Some details:
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    Few days ago my long-standing dream has been fulfilled. Happy New Year guys :)
     

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  2. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    Absolutely gorgeous guitar, great work !
    Its really a shame Gibson doesn't give the Explorer much love.
     
  3. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Superb! Really amazing work there!
     
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  4. FuzzyPhil

    FuzzyPhil Junior Member

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    Wow that is beautiful...
     
  5. Rocco Crocco

    Rocco Crocco Senior Member

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    That. Is. Awesome.
     
  6. Troy McClure

    Troy McClure Senior Member

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    The attention to detail at every part of that guitar is amazing, you must be over the moon. I love the colour of the back and neck and the binding is done so well puts Gibson to shame.
     
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    Riffster Senior Member

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    What a fantastic conversion and what an incredible amount of work but it probably goes faster when you know what you are doing.
     
  8. TheZ

    TheZ Senior Member

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    Super cool!
     
  9. LSAR

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    That, is amazing.
     
  10. Pappy58

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    Beautiful! Very Well done! Enjoy! :cheers:
     
  11. elephantrider

    elephantrider Senior Member

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    that finish is stunning. ESPECIALLY the
    body back.
     
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    scott 351 wins Senior Member

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    WOW!!! AMAZING
     
  13. DotStudio

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    Absolutely stunning!

    It's perfect as it is, but if I could make one slight suggestion...

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    PierM Premium Member

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    Holy cow man. This is absolutely STELLAR!! :bowdown:bowdown:bowdown
     
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    judson Senior Member

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    Damn, that's nice. Dream guitar for me right there.

    Congrats!
     
  17. tolm

    tolm Bigsby Junkie Premium Member

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    Oh, Hell Yes!!! Superb vision and execution!!
     
  18. jdmp

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    Wow!
     
  19. guitarjoem

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    Oh so very nice!
     
  20. Eternal Scar

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    Wow that turned out Fantastic!! Congrats!
     

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