58/63 Explorer replica?

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guitar hiro
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58/63 Explorer replica?

Post by guitar hiro » Fri May 06, 2022 7:09 pm

I purchased a hand made Korina Explorer replica on April 29.

Yesterday I located a Guitar Player magazine article from 4 days ago that is showing a 1958 Gibson Explorer that was sold as 'new' in 1963.
https://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/the-1 ... om-the-50s

Strange thing is my newly purchased Korina Explorer has the same/similar appointments as the 58/63 Explorer in the Guitar Player article.
Strange that someone would produce a hand built replica of a 1958/1963 Explorer but I'm glad they did and I'm glad I purchased it. :D

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Re: 58/63 Explorer replica?

Post by guitar hiro » Fri Jun 17, 2022 10:08 am

the seller listed the neck thickness @ fret 1 as 25mm :o and he was pretty accurate with that measurement.

25mm is .984" and by my measurement with a very accurate digital caliper I measure .974" @ fret 1 = baseball bat territory no doubt.

To put that into context the thickest neck listed in the BOTB is a 1958 example which measures .921" at fret 1.

A guitar with a .974" 1st fret neck thickness is far beyond any neck thickness I have experienced, ever.
I'm used to a range of .875" to .900" as a general ball park for Les Pauls, and for the Modernistic types aka Flying V and Explorers I'm used to even thinner profiles; some in the +/- .850" range.

I have to say I am liking the .974" baseball bat neck but this has been a surprise; never thought a neck this HUGE would be this awesome. 8)
And since this is an Explorer replica the neck tenon extends to halfway between the pickup routes so, the resonance and sustain of the instrument are also HUGE with such a large neck profile.

This Explorer replica is a beast. :lol:

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