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Old August 24th, 2017, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Epiphone Explorer Manufactured In Korea

I'm looking for any and all information that I can get on specs (wood of body, neck, and fret board and more) for this guitar and the time frame... I would love to be able to narrow it down to at least a 2 or 3 year window of when this guitar would have been manufactured. I bought it used from a music store somewhere in the late 90's and ended up just putting it in a closet and forgetting about it until now. I thought it was just another POS mainly because I had yet to learn how important a guitars "setup" was or what intonating a guitar meant and how to do so . But based off the research I've done in the past 2 weeks I'm starting to think that it might be worthy of staying in my collection and the amount of time it will take me to replace the nut, saddles, and pickups MAYBE and ect... I've searched all over the net and ended up finding 4 other guitars, two were on this site, that look pretty close to mine. They did not have a painted necks, the Epiphone emblem on the headstock was in the same location, but none of them were the same color and I still haven't seen any with this metallic flake like paint. only 2 out of the 4 had the same style of steel plate for the bolt on neck. Now here's my biggest problem.. All 4 of these guitars had serial numbers engraved across the bolt on neck plate, but of course mine does not, hell there isn't a single number anywhere else on this whole freaking guitar as far as that goes. I've removed every cover, the pickups, and pulled the neck off the body and found nothing at all. It has me stumped and I'm starting to think that I might not figure this one out, but I'll get as close as I can before throwing in the towel. The fact that I can't even find any specs to these 90's/Korean guitars online anywhere tells me that I probably have a real slim chance here lol. But If you can help in any way I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Old October 1st, 2017, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wish I could help more, but I'm in the same boat as you. Just got mine about 3 weeks ago and like you, can't find ANY info on these earlier Koreans.

Mines a `93 and has the Strat style tremlo. The FEW others that I have found have the Floyd Rose. You can't tell by the pics but mine has a lot of flake in the paint also.

I'm looking to upgrade pickups and am having a hard time figuring out where to start since there is not much discussion on these and no info on the materials used to manufacture it.
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Old October 1st, 2017, 10:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, it is very difficult to find good info on all these guitars made outside of the United States. You can send good pics and the serial numbers to Gibson and see if they respond, but after all, these are bolt-neck imports and not Gibson's big ticket items. Suffice it to say that they are worth whatever they are worth to the owner/player. They will not likely appreciate much in resell value, but can be great guitars in their own right. I have owned lots of imports and sunk money into them, knowing I wasn't increasing their value to anyone but me.

The area that most of these manufacturers cut corners back in those years was in the electronics. If it were me, if I liked the way the guitar played, I wouldn't mind installing some better pickups and electronics in to to see what it could do.
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Old October 7th, 2017, 10:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just found some info,

https://www.guitar-list.com/epiphone...rer-model-exp1

Dates of manufacture:
1984 to 1997
EPIPHONE produced the EXPLORER between 1984 and 1997. The Epiphone Explorer was initially a bolt on neck model with a small body, but in 1994 the design was changed to be closer to the Gibson Explorer design by using a set neck and a standard sized Explorer body

EPIPHONE EXPLORER
EPIPHONE > electric guitars > EPIPHONE EXPLORER SERIES
Model:
EXP1

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Specifications (17)
Body
Body material alder body
Body style Explorer-style body
Hardware
Bridge tremolo bridge
Hardware color chrome hardware
Fretboard
Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markers dot fingerboard position markers
General
Finish colors ebony finish, red finish, white finish
Number of strings 6 strings
Scale length 24.75 inches scale-length
Neck
Neck joint bolt on neck, set neck
Neck width 1.68 inches wide at nut
Peghead (headstock) hockey stick headstock
Tuner layout six-in-a-row tuners
Controls
Pickup selector controls 3-way selector switch
Tone controls 1 tone control
Volume controls 1 volume control
Electronics
Pickups configuration 2 humbucker pickups

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As SAguitar suggested, I contacted Gibson and they verified the build materials and sent the attached pic. Also was told the original MSRP was $489.

Just ordered a set of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Pups for it. Hoping for a good classic / hard rock tone from the neck and a good heavy metal tone from the bridge.

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This is a very cheap Explorer copy with a bolt neck.
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Old October 13th, 2017, 08:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is a very cheap Explorer copy with a bolt neck.
Yep, but I'm diggin it!
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Yeah buddy, if it works great for you, that's all that matters! Play on!
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