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Thread: 2018 Explorer

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    2018 Explorer

    Hiya... I was in the market to pick up a particular guitar that had been on sale for ages in one of my fave guitar shops, only to discover it had gone.

    They had a 2018 Explorer on sale, second-hand, so I figured I'd give it a go. It was really, really light - but tonewise it was a dud. It also had a weird issue with the nut and the frets. The nut was misaligned so the high E would slip off the fretboard at the slightest use of vibrato, and the frets werecut about 1-2mm shorter than you would usually expect, in other words the slope where they were snipped started much sooner than usual, made for an unpleasant experience.

    Went down the street to another place that stocks mostly Gibson, was trying out a 2018 R8 which sounded superb when I saw another Explorer on the wall, this one brand new.

    Figured I'd have another go - wow. Magic guitar. A bit heavier, but incredibly resonant. Chords fretted up high ring out like a harp. Loads of sustain.

    Beautiful finish, lovely grained mahogany. The neck is a bit slimmer than I'd usually use, but it makes lead work nearly effortless.

    Needless to say, I bought it on the spot. They gave me a really good deal as well. Couldn't turn it down.

    The fact that the fretboard is from terrified armadillo or whatever it is called never crossed my mind, it looked great and sounded great.

    Definitely worth checking out those 2018 Gibsons.

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    Re: 2018 Explorer

    Just curious, responding to my own thread... The shop was selling this guitar as a 2019, info in case says it was made on 22/08/18, however serial number is 190009906.

    It got me thinking, when are the new model year guitars actually produced?

    *** Update, never mind. It is stamped "2019 model" on the back, so I guess despite it being built in 2018, it has 2019 specs. Pretty cool***
    Last edited by matei; 02-04-19 at 04:05 PM.

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    Re: 2018 Explorer

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    With gold nobs aged nickel , love every thing about this Guitar !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    He thinks the mirror is a photo of a clown ?

    The Myth: Neat wiring layouts always equate to great-sounding amps.

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    Re: 2018 Explorer

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    I also change tuners nickel Kluson .
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

    He thinks the mirror is a photo of a clown ?

    The Myth: Neat wiring layouts always equate to great-sounding amps.

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    Re: 2018 Explorer

    Wow - very cool!

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    Re: 2018 Explorer

    Me like!!!


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    Re: 2018 Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by AA00475Bassman View Post
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    With gold nobs aged nickel , love every thing about this Guitar !
    Beautiful Explorer!
    Last edited by K_L; 02-09-19 at 11:49 AM.

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