NGD(kinda) 1983 Gibson Explorer

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  1. Explorer91

    Explorer91 New Member

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    I usually never deal with Guitarcenter (for obvious reasons) but I found this gem and pulled the trigger on her. Been looking for a 1984 Explorer for a few years and could never afford the $3-4k they go for on Ebay. Hoped I could find a white one, but settled for ebony. It's more rare anyway (or seems so to me) and that was enough to change my mind.

    Got her Thursday and I haven't been able to put her down.

    After some tinkering I've discovered that it still has the original Dirty Fingers, and they sound HUGE. But they still have plenty of clarity so I'll probably keep em in. The finish has some chips and scratches but nothing serious that I've felt the need to refinish it. I used some Turtle Wax Scratch and Swirl then a coat of wax and she still shines!

    Got myself some chrome domes, black selector knob, and Grover locking buttons from Stew Mac. Also some black fingerboard stain. I didn't like how light the rosewood was and thought it made it look kinda cheap. The result is a lot cleaner and classier!
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  2. shadowlife

    shadowlife Contributor

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    Congrats- rock that thing hard!
     
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    Dawn of the Shred Chugs and Sweeps

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    Congrats man!
     
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    Psionic three headed monkey

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    Nice Axe looks way nicer with the stained fretboard :yesway:
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    Congrats on the grail guitar!
     
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    chipchappy thudmaster

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    Hetfield would be proud.

    HNGD!
     
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    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Needs that black hahdware.


    Congrats!
     
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    Haun SS.org Regular

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    Looks sooo much better now. Congrats.
     
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    electriceye SS.org Regular

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    Love it!!
     
  10. Explorer91

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    Thanks guys... She plays like butter. I'm kinda digging the feel and sound of rosewood. I haven't bought a new axe in while that didn't have an ebony fretboard. So dying it black has given me the best of both worlds IMO
    Thanks! I haven't decided for sure yet, but I kinda like the chrome on black. It just seems like everyone has black hardware nowadays and chrome would keep her unique, ya know? :hbang: :cool:
     
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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    nice find...congrats
     

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