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    Explorer 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Hey Guys! Your resident Skynyrd nut is back

    I have a couple of questions on this one. Im curious first of all as to your guys opinions on 1976 explorers... Thoughts on playability, quality as a vintage geetar, and maybe just anyone's personal experiences with them.

    Also, hopefully no will get annoyed with this question so bear with me , if you had one would you or would you not add a short arm tremolo ala Allen Collins. You may think it is purely my obsession with him and his playing but in all honesty I always thought most explorers looked somewhat plain without a short trem. Obviously this is simply my opinion but I am curious as to yours. Please dont hate guys

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    P.S.

    Im strictly talking about the vintage 1976 explorers, reissues of the 58 korina explorer. NOT the new 76 reissue. Thanks!
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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Pictures ALWAYS help...



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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I'm a fan. I've owned a couple of them and played a few more and they are easily some of the best Gibson guitars I've ever heard or played. Here's my current one (credit to j45 for the pictures)






    And here is my previous '76. Another forum member has this one now.


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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I don't care too much for trems, but that is one bad ass Explorer I gotta say.

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    Wow!!! Love those explorers man!!!! Damn!

    All pictures are COMPLETELY welcome, i would love to see more guys!
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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Shuie...I've seen that guitar posted before and every time I see it...I covet that guitar.

    Salute', TB.

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    A couple of years ago (?) Gibson released a natural finished Explorer with gold hardware and a maestro vibrato. Should be still around. I saw one in Dallas in '08 with an asking price of $1400. I might have been one of the those guitars of the month. Looked and played awesome.

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    I was 15 in 1976 and wanted one bad - not even close on the money situtation. At age 17 I ended up with the next best thing - the last new Ibanez Destroyer in the NE - Drove close to 300 miles for it, and 30 years later still have it.

    Picked up an 06 Gibson RI a little while back, but still looking for a 76er. Some day.

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    I have one of the original '76 LE. Those with the FAT necks, my bandmate has another one. We have Pat.Nr. Pickups on both, they play and sound great. I wouldn't add a Vibrola, for tuning stability. Great guitars, but kinda expensive these days
    BTW, half of our setlist are songs from LS!

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I like the 76 LE a lot too, and would second Shuie's comment before
    Among the very best Gibson's I've ever played, they really sing.
    The neck is HUGE though, may not be everyone's cup of tea.

    Here's former shuie's in the studio, killer guitar, man I miss it (now belongs to a buddy who had to have it when he played it for the first time.. )



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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott L View Post
    I was 15 in 1976 and wanted one bad - not even close on the money situtation. At age 17 I ended up with the next best thing - the last new Ibanez Destroyer in the NE - Drove close to 300 miles for it, and 30 years later still have it.
    I had both - well, I borrowed the Destroyer for a long time from a friend before getting my '76. That Ibanez was a great guitar, well made (contrary to popular belief with an ash body) and with nice pickups, but when I played the '76 LE live for the first time I immediately forgot about the Ibanez...

    Yes, the neck is big, but much more comfortable than the neck on my 03 R7 which is more like a canoe with a fingerboard stuck on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBurst View Post
    A couple of years ago (?) Gibson released a natural finished Explorer with gold hardware and a maestro vibrato. Should be still around. I saw one in Dallas in '08 with an asking price of $1400. I might have been one of the those guitars of the month. Looked and played awesome.
    LynyrdSkynyrd77...there's your answer. I'd find one of those.

    Man, I'm on the hunt for one of them '76's!

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Get a vibramate and bigsby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j45 View Post
    But the forum is...still a great place to hang out if you want to chat about guitars or blindside and humiliate unsuspecting chumps with our endless supply of vitriol.

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anje View Post
    I like the 76 LE a lot too, and would second Shuie's comment before

    Anje, I'm trying to email you from three different email addresses and everything is getting returned....

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    sorry Sherman, just sent you a message

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    Wow thanks everyone!

    Yea I mean, I do like Guitar of the Week Explorers with the short trems but heres the deal... Maybe a month ago at the shop I work at they "found" a 1976 Gibson Explorer up in our repair guys room. (I nearly shit myself) So I'm trying to get a price on that. There are a couple un-original things on it: not original bridge pickup and changed tuners to grover minis and sadly its got a Nashville on it. But if I were to get it, its either this or the 58' flametop I posted a while back so its no easy decision... So thought I would come to you guys for help and opinions! Thanks again fellas
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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Get the Explorer, esp. if it's a Limited Edition. Historic Les Pauls are out there in masses.

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    Yeah your definitly right AndreasG.

    Damn lanman, your really impressing me today!
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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I had one and miss it about the most I've ever missed a Gibson.
    One of the best I agree.
    "Brings me the most special feeling I most ever had"

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott L View Post
    I was 15 in 1976 and wanted one bad - not even close on the money situtation. At age 17 I ended up with the next best thing - the last new Ibanez Destroyer in the NE - Drove close to 300 miles for it, and 30 years later still have it.

    Picked up an 06 Gibson RI a little while back, but still looking for a 76er. Some day.
    In 1979 I took my HS graduation money and headed to 48th street to buy either an SG or an Explorer. I played every Explorer on the street and came home with the Ibanez. Still one of the best guitars I've ever played, and boy have I played the sh*t out of it!
    My girlfriend saved up for months to buy me the white B.C. Rich Mockingbird I wanted. It wasn't until I got it home that I realized that once I strapped it on and stood up with it, it was too neck heavy to play comfortably! After we broke up I headed right back to 48th street with it to trade it for my 2nd Ibanez Destroyer.
    I still have both Destroyers and will never ever part with them!

    Eric

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    One of the best guitars I ever had was a '76 LE. I didn't list it in another thread about guitars I should not have sold, but I should have. It was fantastic, and its neck wasn't as big as others I've seen. Really comfortable.

    I currently have a '76 project. It is not the LE, has a Kahler routing that needs to be filled, was originally black but now it is stripped (the serial # decal is intact on a little "patch" that was left on the back of the headstock), and only had one original pickup and almost no original parts.

    Sigh........I sure miss my old one. Someday I'll take this on and make it right though!

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I had a '76 LE that i got around 2002 for around $1350 or so, if i rememeber correctly. It had a TP-6 tailpiece and two mini-toggles in between the knobs to coil tap the Dimarzio pickup. I plugged the wholes, found an aged tailpiece & dropped a set of Fralin's in. Couldn't get used to the Fralin's, so I put the original pickups back in and sold it.
    Long story short, I loved the balance and the feel of the guitar overall, but I ended up getting rid of it because the neck was too big for me. I know a lot of people around here like those huge necks, but I could never get used it, and i never even thought about shaving it down (probably for the best) Do i regret selling it? Kind of. It was a great feeling guitar, but try as i might, the neck just gave me hand cramps.

    Great guitars though.

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I still have my 76 LE I traded a75 hardtail strat and a 69 goldtop deluxe for it. I didnt like them.I still have the explorer.

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    Re: 1976 Explorer (Vintage not Reissue)

    I think it was around '78-79 I had a chance to buy one a used one for about $350. Didn't have a dime to my name at the time. That's one guitar that STILL haunts me.

    Bill

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