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Explorer Headstcok
Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer Headstock

Originally based on the 1958 Gibson Explorer, the Epiphone version of the Explorer was introduced in 1986 when Henry Juszkiewicz, David Berryman and Gary Zebrowski acquired Epiphone and Gibson.

The Explorer has seen many model versions over the years and remains in production to this day with several variations.


Contents

Models


Explorer

Explorer
1994-1997 Epiphone Explorer
Explorer
1984-1993 Epiphone Explorer
Explorer
1986-1988 Epiphone Explorer Headstock
Explorer
1984-1985 Epiphone Explorer Headstock
  • 1984-1997
  • High-output open-coil Zebra pickups
  • Alder body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Non-angled headstock with string trees
  • Truss rod nut on headstock
  • No truss rod cover
  • Individual stamped tuners
  • Vintage-style tremolo
  • Black speed knobs
  • Input jack on side of guitar
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock Logo:

  • Early 1980's Epiphone script logo at center of headstock 1984-1985
  • Epiphone By Gibson inlay at center of headstock 1986-1988
  • Modern Epiphone lettering inlay at end of headstock1988-1997

Neck Joint

  • Bolt-neck 1984-1993
  • Set-neck 1994-1997

Body Size

  • Small-body 1984-1993
  • Standard-size body 1994-1997

Colors:

  • Black
  • Red







Explorer PRO

Explorer PRO
Epiphone Explorer PRO
Explorer PRO
Epiphone Explorer PRO Headstock
  • 2013
  • Limited Run up to 1,000 pcs
  • Alnico Classic PRO humbucker pickups
  • Solid Mahogany Body
  • 1-ply binding on body & neck
  • Set Mahogany Neck with 60's SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid Dot inlays
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 14:1 ratio Mini Grover Kidney tuners
  • Nickel Hardware
  • 2 Vol. 1 Master Tone controls
  • Vol. controls with push/pull coil tapping
  • Black TopHat knobs with silver inserts
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale length
  • 1.68" nut width
  • TV-Silver finish



Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer

Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer
Epiphone Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer
Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer
Epiphone Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer
Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer
Epiphone Brendon Small "Thunderhorse" Explorer
  • 2013

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Phenolic fingerboard with Pearloid Dot Inlays
  • 1-Ply Truss rod cover with "Thunderhorse" in silver silkscreen
  • 12" Fingerboard Radius
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 1-ply body & neck

Electronics:

  • Gibson USA BurstBucker 1 & 2 pickups
  • Neck & Bridge Pickup Volume w/Push/Pull Coil-Tapping
  • Epiphone All-Metal 3-Way Pickup Selector w/Black Toggle Cap
  • 2 Vol 1 Tone controls
  • 500K Linear Potentiometers
  • Master Tone with 0.02uF Tone Capacitor

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with Stopbar tailpiece
  • Black Speed Knobs
  • Epiphone StrapLocks
  • 14:1 Ratio Grover Mini-Rotomatic tuners

Colors:

  • Silverburst (SB)

Includes:

  • Premium Fitted Custom Gigbag
  • Three "Dethklok" Stickers









1958 Korina Explorer

Korina Explorer
Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer
Korina Explorer
Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer
  • 1998-Present

Body:

  • Korina body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • White pickguard
  • Amber or black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Korina (KO)

See also: Korina Series



1958 Explorer

Epiphone Explorer
Epiphone 1958 Explorer
  • 1998-2002
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • laminated Mahogany/Alder body
  • Gold hardware
  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • White pickguard
  • Black speed knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • $549 MSRP (1998)

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Alpine White
  • Red



1958 Goth Explorer

Goth Explorer
1958 Goth Explorer
Goth Explorer
1958 Goth Explorer with Floyd Rose Tremolo
  • 2002-Present

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with an "XII" inlay at the 12th fret
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Open Coil Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Floyd Rose lic. tremolo & locking nut
  • Black pickguard
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Pitch Black (PB) satin

See also: Goth Series



Pewter '58 Explorer

Epiphone Limited Edition Pewter
Epiphone Limited Edition Pewter Explorer
Epiphone Limited Edition Pewter
Epiphone Limited Edition Pewter Explorer
  • 2003-2004

Body:

  • Mahogany/Alder body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • White pickguard
  • Black speed knobs
  • Diecast tuners

Colors:

  • Pewter

See Also: Pewter Series



1984 Explorer-EX

Epiphone Explorer EX
Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX Reissue
  • 2011-Current
  • EMG 81/85 active humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Black hardware
  • Set Mahogany Slim-Taper neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • No pickguard
  • Black barrel knobs
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Grover tuners
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Alpine White



Negative Explorer

Epiphone Negative-Explorer
Epiphone Negative Explorer
  • 2009 Long & McQuade exclusive

Body:

  • Mahogany Body

Neck:

  • Set Slim-Taper Mahogany Neck
  • Maple Fingerboard with black "dot" inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

'Electronics:

  • 2 open-coil Alnico V Humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Black pickguard
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Alpine White (AW)

See also: Negative Series



Explorer GT

Epiphone Explorer GT
Epiphone Explorer GT

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on hard maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Flying-V style headstock
  • "GT" on truss rod cover
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

'Electronics:

  • Open-coil USA Designed 700T/650R humbuckers
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone with integrated push-pull Kill Switch
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • No pickguard
  • LockTone Tune-o-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Colors:

  • Worn Black (WK)

See also: GT-Series



Beast

Epiphone Beast
Epiphone Beast
Epiphone Beast FX
Epiphone Beast FX
Epiphone Beast
Epiphone Beast
  • 2001 Limited Edition

Body:

  • Solid tonewood body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Hard Maple neck with Super-Slide Satin Finish
  • Indian Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Explorer-S Headstock
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • E-Series Ultra Hot humbuckers
  • Engraved E-Series logo on pickup covers
  • E-Series Smooth Tone potentiometers
  • 1 Vol / 1 Tone Knobs
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • Passive Electronics

Beast FX

  • Onboard Distortion and Chorus
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone, 1 Distortion Gain
  • 2 Mini Toggles for Effects Board
  • Active Electronics

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with sting-thru body
  • No pickguard
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Metallic Black (MB)
  • Metallic Red (RM)
  • Metallic Light Blue (ML)

See Also: E-Series, Hard Body Series



Evolution

Epiphone Evolution
Epiphone Evolution
Epiphone Evolution
Epiphone Evolution
  • 2001 Limited Edition

Body:

  • Solid tonewood body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Hard Maple neck with Super-Slide Satin Finish
  • Indian Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Explorer-S Headstock
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • E-Series Ultra Hot humbuckers
  • Engraved E-Series logo on pickup covers
  • E-Series Smooth Tone potentiometers
  • 1 Vol / 1 Tone Knobs
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • Passive Electronics

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with sting-thru body
  • No pickguard
  • Black speed knobs

Colors:

  • Metallic Black (MB)
  • Metallic Red (RM)
  • Metallic Light Blue (ML)

See Also: E-Series, Hard Body Series



Poly-X

Epiphone Poly-X
Epiphone Poly-X
Epiphone Poly-X
Epiphone Poly-X
Epiphone Poly-X
Epiphone Poly-X
  • 2001-2002

Body:

  • Solid Tonewood Body
  • Flame maple veneer (trans models)

Neck:

  • Bolt-onMaple Neck with "Super Slide" Satin Finish
  • Indian Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Explorer-S Headstock
  • 25.5" Scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • E-Series open-coil "Ultra Hot" humbuckers
  • "Smooth Tone" potentiometers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Exclusive 4 blade 3-way toggle switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome Hardware
  • Floyd Rose Licensed Tremolo with locking nut
  • No pickguard

Colors:

  • Translucent Black (TB)
  • Translucent Blue (TL)
  • Translucent Red (TR)
  • Metallic Red (RM)
  • Metallic Gold (MG)

See also: E-Series, Polyester Series



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