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    Les Paul Forum Member sayonaura's Avatar
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    04 Explorer Pro!

    Had it for a few months now, lovin it!

    got it from MF (they made me wait 2 months)... I guess i was clueless as to the current state of affairs with gibson. I wouldnt do that again..BUT does anyone know If this model has already been discontinued? still on Gibsons website, but as of this morning, you cant find one on MF or Music123. the only place I found one (cant remember where) had a price far more than what i paid. :dude

    Last edited by sayonaura; 02-21-05 at 07:33 PM. Reason: STILL CANT FIGURE OUT PIC POSTING!!!!
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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    It's been discontinued.
    A friend of mine ordered one through GC Columbus, OH.
    They, in turn, ordered from Gibson.
    Gibson factory called back the dealer and said he got the LAST ONE to be made.
    This was just last week.
    Trans-Amber, just like your pics.
    Longevity is the key to success.

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Maybe they'll do one with a full sized body. If so, sign me up!

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Jesus...

    looks like I did something right for once!
    I do not have a full size Explorer, but I used to. I can say with confidence that for me, this thing is every bit as bad ass (or more) than the one i used to have.

    I know where there is another one RIGHT NOW in translucent black, and they are as yet unaware that the model has been discontinued...

    having a serious case of GAS at the moment..

    I dont think there were very many black ones made...

    Someone ORDER ME TO BUY IT.....
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Gone From Gibsons Website now too....
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Buy it Dammit! Those are too cool.

    edit: Also, the only reason I would like to see it in a full size body is because I'm 6'3" and I'm already used to that size.

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    I wish those were fullsize bodies....I'd be all over that shit. Still very cool fiddles though!

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    I bought it...

    I will have it in my hands in 1 month, and I will post pictures then...

    god I cant wait....
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    On my way to ups right now to pick it up....
    Pics soon...
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Explorer Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    yyyeeeesssss... :biglaugh: got it... the top is not as nice as the amber one, but it plays like a dream
    here are a couple pics.

    Differences between black and amber
    1. the amber one has a sort of translucent red back, you can see the woodgrain over the entire back. the black one has a solid black back.

    2. the knobs are different. the amber one has knobs like my 81 les paul, the black one has a variation of the witch hat knobs, (shaped like witch hats, but clear with the numbers inside like the speed knobs) I have never seen these particular knobs before, and my initial reaction is that I dont think I like them,
    they feel funny to me.

    (I hope i posted these right, I seem to have trouble doing it..might need some help...)

    those are the only two differences that I can see.

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    aaaa

    help!
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!





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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    THANKS!!
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    You just got the IMG tags backwards. Put the [img] first and the [/img] last. Simple error!


    Those knobs on the black one look like black bell knobs, which are the same as the gold bell knobs on Les Paul standards. I love those knobs!

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro X2!!!

    are they like this??

    I have been playing it all afternoon,and they feel strange to me, guess im just used to the other kind... I have a set of knobs that match my other two guitars, and they may get changed..but I usually like to leave things "as is" so I am going to try to get used to them..now does anyone know how many years these were in production??. I dropped off the Amber one today for a set up, and the tech said "hang onto it"



    :dude
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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    come on guys!
    give me some insight. when did production start on this model? does anyone know how i can determine how many were made? I dont know if I am saying the wrong things, but i feel like I am getting the cold shoulder....
    The only card I need is the Ace Of Spades, The Ace Of Spades..

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Sayonaura,
    there's a Gibson USA press release dated June 18, 2002, which refers to Matthias Jabs receiving "only the second one (X-Plorer Pro) to leave the factory". Here's the link: http://www.gibson.com/whatsnew/press...2/june18a.html

    As you know, Gibson announced that the X-Plorer Pro was discontinued sometime during the week of January 17, 2005. Gibson doesn't release production numbers at all, and is privately held, so short of an "insider" in Nashville sneaking a peek at the books and letting us know how many X-Plorer Pros were made, that's probably the only information we're likely to get...

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum
    Maybe they'll do one with a full sized body. If so, sign me up!
    Yep, me too. The only reason I don't have one (black) is I don't want the shrunken body. Not sure why they thought that was a good idea in the first place.

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro X2!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sayonaura
    are they like this??

    I have been playing it all afternoon,and they feel strange to me, guess im just used to the other kind... I have a set of knobs that match my other two guitars, and they may get changed..but I usually like to leave things "as is" so I am going to try to get used to them..now does anyone know how many years these were in production??. I dropped off the Amber one today for a set up, and the tech said "hang onto it"



    :dude

    yep! those are the black bell knobs. Got em on my V-90, SG-X, and my ESP Eclipse. Love em! Much more comfy than the speed knobs which are what are on your orange Explorer Pro. :ahem

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    My buddy vinnie bought one a few weeks ago & I played it at a jam seesion, really cool guitar. I like it better than the full size for extended playing for sure =)


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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    is the full sized body one, extra heavy or something?

    i didnt know there was a choice in body sizes on those.
    also what pups has it got?, could be same as the classics ones.

    cheers
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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    yz,

    No choice in body size. The Explorer Pro is just smaller than a regular Explorer. I can't remember for sure what pickups were in them so I'll leave that to someone else.

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum
    yz,

    No choice in body size. The Explorer Pro is just smaller than a regular Explorer. I can't remember for sure what pickups were in them so I'll leave that to someone else.


    thanks for your reply, its taught me something i didnt know.

    (what a cool site this is!!)


    cheers
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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Quote Originally Posted by yz25098uk
    is the full sized body one, extra heavy or something?

    i didnt know there was a choice in body sizes on those.
    also what pups has it got?, could be same as the classics ones.
    The full sized Explorers are not heavy at all, they are lighter than you would expect by just looking at them. They are lighter than a Les Paul and are nicely balanced. The pickups are the 500T/490R set, same as the Les Paul Classic.

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Quote Originally Posted by TomTaco
    The full sized Explorers are not heavy at all, they are lighter than you would expect by just looking at them. They are lighter than a Les Paul and are nicely balanced. The pickups are the 500T/490R set, same as the Les Paul Classic.
    thanks tom


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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Yeah, Tom is right the "fullsize" ones arent bad at all, weight-wise. I broke mine in half, so i dont have a side by side comparison @ the moment (oh but i will), but the little blurb regarding size from Gibson was that these E-Pro's are 10% smaller and 10% lighter. Tom is also right about the pickup config in both of the ones I have. I am totally in love with both these axes, but for some reason, I seem to be favoring the black one. even with the knobs i thought i didnt like!!!
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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Quote Originally Posted by TomTaco
    The pickups are the 500T/490R set, same as the Les Paul Classic.
    Classic has the 496R (ceramic), not the 490R (Alnico 5).
    "Only if there is a God who created man is man worth anything beyond the chemicals of which he is composed."

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    my classic came from the factory with 496r/500t ceramics, i think thats the standard ones for a classic?


    cheers
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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    They vary in weight - I've played some that are heavy as hell


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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    Hi guys, sorry if tread is closed or abandoned for a while but I am wondering if anyone in the UK has got one of them for sale in trans black. Cheers!

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    Re: 04 Explorer Pro!

    A little late to the party, but FYI: Gibson also produced the Explorer Pro in 2007. It was one of their "Guitar of the week" offerings, and was offered in a cherry finish and in tobacco sunburst (As far as I have been able to find out, they produced 400 of each). I have one in the tobacco sunburst and it is absolutely one of the best-playing guitars I have ever owned, especially after I swapped out the pickups and installed a set of zebra SD Pearly Gates. I'm definitely not a small guy but the 90%-sized body fits me perfectly and balances better than the standard Explorers I've owned previously. I missed out on a cherry one on Reverb last year, but if I ever find another one at a decent price I'll buy it in a heartbeat. They are awesome guitars and a nice mid-set changeup from my Les Pauls.

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