I've always wanted a long scale Explorer (25.5") using Korina for the body & neck, and eastern hard rock for the top. I tried to get Gene Baker (Baker Guitars) to make one for me in 2002-2003 but he went through bankruptcy in February 2003. I am now in the process of making it myself. Will post pictures of progress soon.. This is the progress so far (pictures below) of my Explorer (long scale). This guitar was carefully sketched directly from Mike Parkers '58 Explorer (at the time) serial# 8-3873. This was originally Don Prestons 58 Explorer that you can see on George Harrisons concert for Bangledesh (Leon Russell's Guitarist). I've included several pictures of Mike Parker (RIP Mike Parker 1951-2002) with Don's old 58 Explorer I took at the Orange County Guitar show (August, 2000) in Costa Mesa.