NGD: 1986 Gibson Explorer - Specs?

mr. moon

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Hi. Thinking about adding a non-pickguard Gibson explorer to my cadre of guitars. I'm looking at a 1986 explorer and cannot seem to find any specific info about them. I've searched this forum and the Google-verse at large, and haven't come up with much. If anyone knows of any specific info resources that they could share (link, etc.), that would be greatly appreciated!


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I have 2 Explorers from 1984 that have no pickguard and the controls arranged like a triangle instead of in a straight line. Not sure if a 1986 model would have the same specs, but both of mine have Alder bodies and Maple necks instead of Mahogany....and I think one has an Ebony board from the color of the wood. The original pickups have all been changed except for one neck pickup. I believe they would have been Dirty Fingers humbuckers. I can pull it to check. Hope this helps
 

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Well, I got it!!

100% Awesome!!! ...Well, except for the Kahler Flyer bridge that came with it. I purchased a new fixed Kahler bridge, and now it is 100% awesome!

Here's info:

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard

Design Elements: Dual uncovered "Dirty Fingers" humbuckers, two volume and one tone control, roller drum vibrato tailpiece

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Nice! Pretty good (and classic) Explorers being made then.
 

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It compares favorably with my 2008 Explorer AND it does not have a pickguard, which is the one feature I do not like on Explorers. The neck is in great shape, size is somewhere between a '59 and slimmer 60's neck. The finish is in great condition, with only a couple minor wear marks which almost appear to have been caused by the case, funny enough. With the original Kahler, it sounded a bit "dull", but once I put on the fixed Kahler bridge, it has a nice chime to it acoustically. Pickups are original (Dirty Fingers, I think) and good, but I have to tweak them more into the sound I'm after. Weight is reasonable, actually less than the '09 Explorer, and has a good playing feel and balance.

I have had it for several weeks now so the honeymoon period is over, but I still get inspiration from the guitar and that's what matters most to me.
 
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Here are a few more shots from the store I purchased it from which showcase not only the great condition it is in, but also the store employee who took the shots ( :dude: ):

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