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 of my long scale Explorer (below vids). This guitar was carefully sketched directly from Mike Parker's '58 Explorer (at the time) serial# 8-3873. This was originally Don Preston's 58 Explorer that you can see on George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh (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. Here are more updated photos of my custom long scale Explorer. Body thickness is 1-7/8" using Korina for the body and neck, and eastern hard rock figured maple (3/4") top. Pickups will go right into wood. Custom made figured maple covers (control & toggle plate), pickup rings, and jack plate. Tight-bond Hyde glue used in most joinery (not head-stock ears or veneer = yellow tight-bond for max strength). More updated photos of progress..