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    Re: 76 explorer

    It is not that there is less non LE's than LE's it just that LE's have a following and people have posted them. So far in 2012 on ebay there have been 4 regular 76 Explorers for sale and not a single 76 Limited Edition Explorer. The LE, that was in decent shape, that I bid on ebay last year went for $6200. It was a natural. The same guy had a black one that went for $5800. I think if a natural in nice shape came on ebay right now it would get $6500+. Even the non LE's are going for crazy prices. I think some people don't know the difference as one of the ones I mentioned that was on ebay this year sold for $4600. I own two LE's, but would never sell either. The earliest one that has 1975 pots has a neck thickness over an inch at the first fret. The thing that really makes it special to me is that even with its super fat neck it only weighs 7 pounds 7 ounces. This first batch of mahogany must have been something else and it makes sense why Gibson used it over the Korina. If Gibson had only used it to make some LP's in 76 instead of just maple necks.

  2. #82

    Re: 76 explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by Calgary Flametop View Post
    It is not that there is less non LE's than LE's it just that LE's have a following and people have posted them. So far in 2012 on ebay there have been 4 regular 76 Explorers for sale and not a single 76 Limited Edition Explorer. The LE, that was in decent shape, that I bid on ebay last year went for $6200. It was a natural. The same guy had a black one that went for $5800. I think if a natural in nice shape came on ebay right now it would get $6500+. Even the non LE's are going for crazy prices. I think some people don't know the difference as one of the ones I mentioned that was on ebay this year sold for $4600. I own two LE's, but would never sell either. The earliest one that has 1975 pots has a neck thickness over an inch at the first fret. The thing that really makes it special to me is that even with its super fat neck it only weighs 7 pounds 7 ounces. This first batch of mahogany must have been something else and it makes sense why Gibson used it over the Korina. If Gibson had only used it to make some LP's in 76 instead of just maple necks.
    Hi Flametop,
    I used to live in Calgary and have some interest in these Explorers.
    Pls email me. It's in my profile.

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by keef View Post
    It would be interesting to compare serial numbers of the LE and non LE '76s to see if there is any logic to these.

    Added are neck thickness measurements at 1st fret / 7th fret / 12th fret

    00229622 LE, full neck, natural finish (keef) - 0.843 / 0.943 / 1.000
    00229628 LE, natural finish - 0.830 / 0.925 / 1003
    00229772 LE, natural finish
    00230001 LE
    00230010 LE?, natural finish, ex-The Edge
    00230048, LE? natural finish, stolen in Austin Tx
    00230260, LE, natural finish, 'chunky neck'
    00230417, LE, natural finish, 'chunky neck'
    0023054X, LE, natural finish, stamped pat.no. T-Tops (AndreasG) 0.840 / /
    00230558, LE, black
    00231131 LE, natural finish
    0023264X, LE, huge neck (Robin B)
    002327XX LE, original black finish
    002327XX LE, 0.912, 755X pots
    00232706 LE, natural finish, 'baseball bat sized neck'
    00232776 LE, natural finish, huge neck
    00232789, LE, natural finish
    0023279X LE, natural finish (refinished black) (James Hetfield), 7621 pots
    00232856, LE (Fatneck's)
    00232884, LE, natural finish
    00232917 LE
    00232926 LE, big neck, natural finish
    00232966 LE, natural finish
    00232986 LE (Melrock)
    00233026, LE, nat finish (Lanman)
    00233075 non LE, owned by Muzikman7, large neck, nat finish
    0023333X LE, natural finish (Luke Gibson) - 0.911 / 0.974 / 1.017
    00233345 LE, natural finish, big neck
    00233372 LE (Cody)
    00233552 LE, nat finish
    00233601 LE, nat finish, huge neck
    00233772 LE, nat finish, big neck, 7615/762X pots
    00233908 LE, nat finish
    002339XX LE, 0.961, 761X pots
    00235058, LE, natural finish, huge (now shaved) neck (formerly owned by J45 and Shuie, now owned by Anje)
    00239621, LE, natural finish, fat neck
    00239913, non LE, black (see pic), fat neck
    00240293, non LE, black
    00240777, non LE, black (refin, originally black)
    00240837, non LE, natural finish
    00240891, non LE, big neck (Drybone) 0.787 / 0.945 / 0.984
    00240909, non LE, natural finish, 7621 pots
    00240953, non LE, natural finish, medium neck
    002411XX, non LE, natural finish, medium size neck (SGLP63) 0.805 / 0.909 / 1.005
    00241591, non LE, black

    Here's a black non LE with 0024XXXX:
    http://www.oldenburger-music-station...76%20black.htm

    I found many of these serial ## within half an hour on the LPF and internet - so don't expect your LE to be really exclusive. A few thousands made would seem feasible.

    First impression is that all LE's have the big necks, and (at least) some of the non LE's as well. Plus LE's are not limited to natural finished guitars.



    There are also a few Explorers known that according to the pot codes would date to 1975-1977, with six digit stamped headstock numbers:

    627881 (white, 1975 pot codes)
    967392 (white)
    967395 (white, late 1976 pot codes)

    Some 1977s:
    06 247116 (natural)
    06 247133 (natural)
    06 2472XX (black)
    06 252190 (red)
    06 25222X (red)

    1981 Explorer: 0.812 / 0.935 / 1.000

    Shipping totals according to Gibson's ledgers:

    1975: White 2 (total 2)
    1976: Ebony 104, Natural 1835, White 67 (total 2006)
    1977: Ebony 203, Natural 760, White 124 (total 1087)
    1978: Ebony 65, Natural 149, White 60 (total 274)
    1979: Ebony 133, Natural 94, White 60, Explorer II (E2) 586 (total 873)
    Keef,

    Please feel free to add my 77 non LE in red. Ser # 06252211 if you wish:





    Very close in number to a 77 you have listed now.
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    Re: 76 explorer

    Hi folks, I usually do not check or post in this section as I don't own an Explorer. However, I am considering a purchase and would like some feedback. Years ago I had an Explorer LE. It was unfortuately stolen and I never replaced it. Would like to find an Explorer, but not a real expensive one. As I play LP Historic, my preference is for a fatter neck. All of the recent Explorers I've seen have skinny 60's necks. Does Gibson currently make any with 50's necks? If not, what years do I need to look for to find one with a fatter neck?
    Thank you!

  5. #85

    Re: 76 explorer

    If you want a fat neck and Mahogany construction you are pretty much limited to the 1976 LE's and some of the early 76 Non-LE's. The Non-LE's just say Explorer by the serial number. You can get the Non-LE's cheaper than the LE's, but they are still expensive.

    Other than that you just have the newer Korina Historics, the Korina Pre-Historics and the 83 Korina Heritage for fat necks. Those are all expensive too and the 83 Korina's, fat neck or regular neck, are hard as hens teeth to find. If you can find an 83 Korina though, I think they have the best tone of the bunch.

  6. #86

    Re: 76 explorer

    I want to add into this thread that one of the Non-LE's I recently recorded has a 002342XX serial number. I also have a 002361XX in my list that is a Non-LE. This either means that there was some serious overlap in LE and Non-LE serial numbers or the 00235058 and 00239621 serial numbers above are incorrectly listed as LE's.

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    Re: 76 explorer

    This just sold on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/221092241090 Serial#00232815 LE

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin B View Post
    This just sold on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/221092241090 Serial#00232815 LE
    Interesting price.
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    Re: 76 explorer

    That was a pretty amazing price considering that it was only the second LE listed on ebay in 2012. It was a little bit beat up, but not as bad as the other LE listed on ebay in 2012. It was also stamped as a "2", which most people know means Second, and that might have played a bit into the low price as well.

    I have been keeping a running total of 1976 Explorers listed on ebay, excluding the same guitar getting relisted, since the beginning of 2012 in another thread. I will post the link below if anybody else wants to look at it. So far in 2012 there have been 13 non-LE 76 Explorers and 2 LE 76 Explorers.

    http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/sh...light=explorer

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Hi,
    first of all i am from Germany and i just speak a little bit bad English.
    My 1976 LE has fret buzz on E and A from 13th fret upwards.
    Truss Rod adjustments can`t help.
    Studs of ABR-Bridge lean towards the bridge pickup.
    This means they are both not straight.
    They are bend but lock nut is still working.
    Never seen before but it seems all original.
    Does anybody seen such a thing before?
    Regards, Chris

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Hey guys -- I was surprised that this '76 LE didn't sell for the buy it now of around $3,7k -- now it's on a regular bid. Is there anything wrong with this guitar from the perspective of you experts on these? It looks like a three-piece body, but beyond that...???

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160894767184...84.m1423.l2661
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    Re: 76 explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by bizzwriter View Post
    Hey guys -- I was surprised that this '76 LE didn't sell for the buy it now of around $3,7k -- now it's on a regular bid. Is there anything wrong with this guitar from the perspective of you experts on these? It looks like a three-piece body, but beyond that...???

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160894767184...84.m1423.l2661
    Upgraded pickups, coil tap, knobs, tuners. Other than that it's fine!
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    Re: 76 explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by bassame View Post
    Upgraded pickups, coil tap, knobs, tuners. Other than that it's fine!
    Oh, right. That stuff didn't even register with me for some reason, but yeah, that would have an impact. Thanks!
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    Re: 76 explorer

    You missed " in need of a refret"...from the photo's in any case.
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    Re: 76 explorer

    I just want to link this thread to the link I copied below as I have been keeping up with that thread a lot more than this one.

    http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/sh...light=explorer


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    Re: 76 explorer

    Hi Guys,
    Can anyone tell me where the list of serial numbers and information originated? I have a line on purchasing a '76 LE which is listed there.
    Have there been any sold recently? I am wondering where prices are now?
    Thank you!
    Kevin
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    Re: 76 explorer


    You guys are making me want an old explorer now!
    These pics on this thread are great.
    GuitarMikey

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Would a 1980 Explorer have the same specs as the 76? I'm mostly an SG guy and don't really no a whole lot about the 70's reissue Explorers but this thread jogged my memory about a guitar I bought a few years back, stashed away and pretty much forgot about.

    Its a natural finish 1980 Explorer with a big neck and tons of natural relicing. I think the tuners were changed and it needs a refret badly but otherwise original.

    Sorry for the bad pics.




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    Re: 76 explorer

    Just bumping this thread with a cool picture, those old '76 are soo nice players




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    Re: 76 explorer

    On my "must have" list. Thanks for the shot.
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    Re: 76 explorer

    Has the market softened on the '76 LE's? $3,600 for this one in seemingly decent original condition:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-Gibson-...p2047675.l2557

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    Re: 76 explorer

    The market has softened for all vintage guitars.
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    Re: 76 explorer

    What a fantastic thread this is. I've never seen so much data on the Explorers in one place...haha. I don't even think Gibson has as much organized info as you do here. Well done.

    I've had my 76 LE since 77 and it's been my No1 player since then. Big sound to go with the big neck. I play a lot of slide so an Explorer was the only way to go!!.

    I created a thread with pictures if anyone wants to see it.
    http://www.lespaulforum.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=187887



    Keef...thanks for adding my serial no to the list. The last digit is a 4.




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    Re: 76 explorer

    Just adding mine to the collective,

    SN# 00232275 Ebony LE
    1st .812
    7th .954
    12th 1.017
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    Re: 76 explorer

    Glad to see this thread still alive!
    Here's a free bump with my '76 LE still rocking hard:


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    OK... I'm sure this thread is long dead, and I'm hopefully not making someone angry, but...

    I'd really like to know about the 1976 non-LE Explorers in the Wine Red color, with the "K" stamped next to the serial number.
    After letting go of my 1976 White Explorer (something I've never really gotten over...), I drifted along, looking for another to fill the void. The RIs didn't do it, neither did the E2 with the really nice maple top (great guitar BTW, but heavy, and didn't "feel" the same...). Finally, about 5 or 6 years ago, I happened upon the non-LE Wine Red 1976 in my local store! And that was that. It was all original with the 00-plus six digit serial number, and the "K" stamp.
    The only thing I did was remove the pots (they were in the very dark 250 - 300K range), and replaced them with mid-60s Centrallab pots in the 500k range. It sounds WAY better, and I still have the old pots, just incase. Otherwise, the Pups are the tar backs, and it still has the original hardware, including the gold tuners that barely stay in tune. (I will provide pics if anyone requests them at some point, assuming this thread comes back alive...)

    Ok, sorry for the trip down memory lane... Getting back to the point...

    I'd really like to know how many of the Wine Red Explorers there are (if such a thing is knowable...), and WHAT DOES THAT STAMPED "K" MEAN!!! I see that the Wine Red is usually batched together with the Natural color when it comes to breaking out the different colors, but there HAS to be a difference—the "K" must mean something?!?!?!? . Keef lists two of these Wine Red Exploreres with the "K" in his list of serial numbers. Well, I have one, so that makes three!
    What does it mean? Is anyone intrigued?
    Please post accordingly, if you can—I appreciate any input, and thank you!

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by keef View Post
    Here is some conjecture – feel free to laugh it off.

    The explorers with the stamped 627XXX and 967XXX serial numbers – mostly finished in white – were made in Kalamazoo in 1975 as a trial run for the ‘official’ 1976 run of limited edition explorers. Some of these early explorers have late 1975 pots, others late 1976 ones. This would indicate that these were actually completed and shipped out in small quantities during 1976 and 1977 (with only two apparently being shipped in 1975).

    The 'K' stamped wine red explorers -K possibly standing for ‘Kalamazoo’ – could well be a batch or two made in the Parsons street factory, which mostly turned out special runs after Nashville took over most of the manufacturing duties. Maybe a store order. Gibson's records do not mention any red explorers.

    I would assume that all ‘regular’ limited edition and non-limited edition 1976 explorers with the decal serial numbers were made in Nashville.

    Now look at the marketplace for used guitars, and try finding an explorer with a 1977 serial number (starting with 06, or having the new 'current' numbering sequence), which I have been doing for a few years now. Those 1977's are VERY hard to find as compared to the explorers with a 1976 (00) serial number. And then look at the ‘official’ shipping totals for explorers in 1976 and 1977 (respectively 2006 and 1087). These do not correlate with the apparent rarity of the 1977 explorers vs those from 1976 - compare the numbers listed in post #3...that is far from 2:1, so not as one would expect.

    What this would logically imply is that most of the explorers shipped by the factory in 1977 were actually made in 1976 – and in 1975. Not a biggie though.
    Keef, Thank you for getting back so quickly with some great info. I suspected the "K" meant Kalamazoo, and that the Wine Red is some type of specific run for that color. Maybe someday there'll be more info unearthed about these Explorers...Great to hear from the resident Explorer expert on the matter, too.

    At some point, I will leave some pics of the Wine Red '76 (and my long-gone White one) for posterity. Stand by...

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    Re: 76 explorer

    So a wine red non LE 77 with no "K" and a "06" prefix would be made in the Nashville factory and possibly made in 76?

    Red appears to be a more rare color...

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Very nice! Wouldn't it be funny if the Wine Red color is rarer than the black or white color?...
    Maybe someday the truth will come out. Enjoy the following pictures...

    Here's some pics of the Wine Red 76 Explorer:


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    Re: 76 explorer

    Here's a closeup of the headstock. You can plainly see the "K" stamp, to the left of the serial number...


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    If anyone else has one of these WIne Red '76 Explorers, let us know so we can further the knowledge!
    Last edited by homemikey; 11-15-14 at 11:29 PM.

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    Re: 76 explorer

    You know I have been seeing some variations in the 76's that make me wonder..

    1. Knobs: I have seen some pretty original looking ones with "Pointers", My single owner LE has had nothing done to it by the original owner and does not have pointers.
    2. Strap Buttons: Mine has 3, Top (std), behind the heel, and the butt.
    Is this just an anomaly that happens when the guitars are being built?

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Those CHERRY RED Explorers you guys have are REALLY tripping my trigger.

    As far as 70's Gibsons go, those are at the top of the food chain in my book.

    Thanks for the photos!
    Enjoy that with my compliments. 🤠👍

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Clearly not fitting the conventional wisdom of 1976 Explorer Limited Editions. I'm trying to figure this one out. I've posted this to another thread, but thought I'd see if this was still alive.



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    Explorer Re: 76 explorer

    Hi , Here are some photos of my Gibson 1976 Explorer limited edition. I am asking if anybody knows if this guitar is made of Korina or Mahogany . I brought the guitar in London in 1978 and its serial number is 00230+++. It weighs 7 ibs 6.7ozs . The neck is quite wide compared to a Les Paul .

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    Re: 76 explorer

    It's Mahogany.....but the bigger deal is if that is the original red finish. If it is, it's the only one for sure. I don't see how they could refinish it and keep that serial number intact. Anybody?

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Registering Serial 00233818 Limited Edition

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    1st =.951
    7th = 1.026
    12th = 1.049

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    Re: 76 explorer

    Since we're discussing odd-colored 76s... Thought I'd mention my 76 LE that was originally Pelham Blue. Serial is 002323xx - it's already listed on page 1 of this thread. The guitar is currently at BCR music being restored - some buffoon stripped the majority of the Pelham off, but it is still in the cavities and is the original finish. The serial decal was scraped off of the guitar in one piece - Pelham under the serial.

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    Wow, an old 76 Explorer in Pelham Blue, that would be awesome

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    What a great thread. Thanks to everybody for a lot of useful info !

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