Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Gainesville, FL
Re: New Gibson Explorer
thanks guys - i hope this one sticks around awhile. i had a new Black Explorer i bought a couple years ago that was sweet but that particular one didn't have the tonal qualities this one has. i got my hands on Explorer #2 that was pretty used (also black) and didn't have the tone either of the natural version. i changed the pups out of both of them and they came alive. i didn't touch the pups in the last natural one and probably won't touch these either. not sure why the natural and black ones were different?
i still haven't got off the computer long ehough to go plug it up with my rig and give it the final ok before it is ready for the stage.
one a side note: another nit-picky thing or two i noticed was not one of the volume or tone knobs stayed flush to the body when turning them. in other words they have a slight wobble to them when you turn them. again, just nit-picky stuff but they are just a little more "wobbly" than what i would consider a passing grade on QC. it is possible that being a scratch and dent purchase that it might have happened post factory. the checklist card in the case looks like it was rushed and not all of the boxes are checked and signed off on and part of them are not even checked anywhere close to the box they should be checked in. just seems rushed and very clumsy...hmmm?
i am super-hyper-critical (monkish) sometimes but i play the heck out of my guitars and know they will get marked up. i guess it is more for the knowledge of manufacturers and their QC that makes me so critical for what i spend.
this axe will get plenty of stage time i'm sure. i'm folding up this 'puter and getting to playing her instead being a cyber-monkey - c ya! (happy belated 4/20)
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