NGD : Explorer(s) and a lonely Charvel

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  1. -DTP-

    -DTP- SS.org Regular

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    So over the years I've come to realize that without fail, the guitar that I always grab first to play is my '84 Explorer (The white one with the Floyd). I've had that guitar since I was 16 and there's something about it that just feels perfect.

    Now that I'm out of school and have a real job I figured I should hunt down my all time most GAS inducing explorer, an 80's EII Tobacco Burst. After a couple weeks of searching I found an '81 on the bay that was pretty mint, had the original pickups, and had the most figured top I've seen on a tobacco (for some reason the cherries seemed to get most of the good tops). After a bit of haggling I managed to pick it up and to my absolute joy, it plays almost identically to my '84 but with a more slippery aged gloss finish. It's got a nice medium round neck, plenty of fret life left, and it weighs a million pounds (and as a result, sounds like it).

    At this point I'm feeling pretty secure in my overall guitar ownership.

    Fast forward a couple weeks, I'm taking a gander through my local Sam Ash and I run across what is in my opinion the best spec'd Explorer ever, the Lzzy Hale sig... and its on clearance...

    Fast forward another couple days and there's a clean Gibson Thunderhorse on my local craigslist way under its value...

    So now I have four Explorers and I can't say I'm mad about it. Thank god I don't have a gf at the moment :lol:

    Oh yeah and the Charvel is an '87 Model 1 that just happened to be at the shop where I grabbed the Thunderhorse. He basically threw it in for nothing and it might be my favorite guitar I've ever played... go figure

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    All my Dream Gibson Explorer´s in one picture.... very very nice.

    So, Vodoo Explorer as next one?
     
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    Nice collection. If that Charvel gets too lonely, he can come stay with me.
     
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    Looks like you need to balance it out and buy some more Charvels!
     
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    Holy freaking crap, dude. If there was a 7 in that collection, it would be perfection.
     
  6. steinmetzify

    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Badass. That tobacco burst is about the perfect Explorer. I really love those TP-6 bridges on em too.

    Coincidentally I also picked up a Model 1 awhile back for pretty much nothing. Very quickly turned out to be my #1 guitar for tracking rhythms in standard/drop D. Seriously awesome guitars that punch WAY above their cost. I have way more expensive guitars sitting here that just stay in their cases lol. I tell everybody I can about em and they never believe me until they play mine.

    HNGsD!
     
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    Those are some killer fiddles! That Thunderhorse in the middle is calling my name...
     
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    Ah man, I love EIIs, and that might be the best looking one I've seen. So killer!
     
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    oracles Australian in Canada

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    Add a 90 Double and you've assembled almost all my favourite explorers. Congrats man!
     
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    Thanks guys! I've been playing non-stop since I grabbed the E-II the only reason I had time to post this was so I could procrastinate at work :S

    Thanks man I think the next one is a Kelliher Sig. I reallyyy like bound explorers and Mastodon haha.

    Don't encourage I've already started looking for more maple/maple Model series >.<

    Thanks man! I don't have a 7 Explorer if that's what you mean but I do have a 7er... Haven't decided if I should do an NGD or not though.

    Thanks man and yeah I guess I'm not crazy cause I've had my fair share of fenders/jacksons/ibbys/capas/suhrs etc and I've never had a neck feel so fantastic. Must contain the urge to buy more...
     
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    Dawn of the Shred Chugs and Sweeps

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    Congrats man! Beautiful collection!!!
     
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    KnightBrolaire thy fart is murder

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    ooh that tobacco burst is killer.
     
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    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Yo man just so you're aware, the EVH Stealths have pretty much the same necks...and you can buy necks from places that have the same specs. I put one on my Telemaster.
     
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    great collection...congrats!
     
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    What a collection! I love Explorers. Never had one, but really want a white one similar to yours (w/o the Floyd). They are just $$$ thanks to Mr. Hetfield's popularity. Bah, guess I'll just build my own! :D
     
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    That EII and the Thunderhorse are two of the Explorers I have on my GAS list. Congrats and if you find you feel you have too many Explorers and don't want the Thunderhorse anymore, as you've mentioned that you're loving the EII, we're here to accommodate for that lol!
     
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    Stunning collection! Congrats!
     
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    The same necks as the early Charvels? I've actually never played an EVH for that long I might need to try one out
     
  19. steinmetzify

    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Yeah, pretty much. One of the reasons they're so good (to me, anyway) is the nut width, which is 1.625"...that's what the EVHs are. Frets are SS and vintage sized on the EVHs, but the neck feels much the same.

    One of the reasons I grabbed this Charvel in a trade was because I had my bro I got it from measure the nut and it was the same width...figured that'd be good enough, but when it showed up it was shockingly similar.

    Also like I said, it's a pretty standard shape it seems....did a partscaster Telemaster awhile back and even though it's a Fender branded neck, it's got the same nut width, and the back shape is basically the same. Pretty much a go-to for me anymore...I'm not what I'd call SUPER picky on neck shapes, but if I find something that works I tend to stick with it for a while.

    [​IMG]Telemaster by Lord Funktfied, on Flickr

    Even though that one ^ looks completely different, it feels the same as my Model 1.

    I know we're all kind of trying out new things all the time and trying to figure out what works...just saw what you said about that Charvel and figured this might help with future purchases; just remember that nut width, 1.625".
     
  20. A-Branger

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    oohh thats some realy tasty collection right there..... and a beautiful avatar photo too ;)

    but that tobaco burst needs some gold covered pickups ;)
     

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