Gibson TV Black Explorer

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  1. ArtDecade

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    Really nice looking guitar but it would be ideal with any kind of normal tuners and am ebony fretboard.
     
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    What isn't normal about its tuners?
     
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    Too bad its unaffordable
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Oh hey Gibson stole my idea kinda. :D
     
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    KnightBrolaire All black guitars are cancer

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    as much as I like the black beauty look, I'm not paying 5K :lol:
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Do like I did. Get an Epi 1958 Explorer and change the pickguard.

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    I stand corrected in the fact that this is a reissue guitar and not a new offering. It makes sense that it would have the options and hardware that it has.

    As per the tuners themselves they might do a relatively decent job but I really doubt they hold a candle to any modern day gear tuner in terms of stability, accuracy, functionality and durability. Aesthetically they look like they came out of a serial box or would be suited on a toy guitar and no matter the amount of nostalgia for the yesteryears will make them passable in todays standards and aesthetics. That's my opinion which doesn't matter much to begin with my .
     
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    The original tuners on my 1935 L-12 are still holding up just fine. I am sure no one will have issues with tuning and durability on this modern-day Explorer reissue. :lol: Why does everyone seek flaws whenever something new is presented?
     
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    Looks 2,5k€/$ great.
     
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    Looks amazing, but the rosewood board looks cheap. Would look much better with an ebony board.
     
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    1) this looks way way better than the OP guitar
    2) with an ebony looking board it would look like its worth thousands
    3) great choice with the EMGs
    4) slay
     
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    I wouldn't say flaws as in my case personal preference. You're right the tuners are probably just fine and I did mention I didn't realise it was a re-issue. Being what it is, even though I don't like these tuners, I can accept without additional complaining that the guitar is like that.

    However re-issuing a model from 1958, however cool it might be, with just additional colors doesn't justify the statement of something new being presented :D.
     
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    Yeah ebony or richlite. Or anything thats actually black please
     
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    The guitar actually came with EMGs already. :lol: The mods I did were blacking out the pickguard, installing black speed knobs with gold accents, installing Hipshot gearless tuners, etc. I need to black out the fretboard next time I do a string change.
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    5K ? They're crazy. My kelliher has better specs, pickups and cost me 1350... and it's good, I had zero aftermarket work to do on it.
     
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    Ebony fretboard FTMFW!
     
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    Needs a white pickguard...and I'm fine with the fingerboard.
     

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