Epiphone LE Exclusive Run 1958 Korina Explorer Reissue Electric Guitar

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Epiphone celebrates the return of a rock classic with its limited-edition 1958 Epiphone Korina Explorer solid-body electric guitar, a modern revival of one of the most iconic axes in the history of amplified music.

When it blasted onto the music scene in the late 50s, the Explorer was like nothing the guitar world had ever witnessed. A Space Age amalgam of an asymmetrical body and razor-edge headstock, it challenged expectations of how guitars could look and feel while setting a course for the rise of hard rock and heavy metal.

Own a piece of rock history!
During its original production run, only a handful of Explorers were produced. Today, the few surviving models fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars on the auction block, putting them out of reach for all but the wealthiest collectors. Luckily for the rest of us, Epiphone was moved to bring back this one-of-a-kind guitar in all its former glory—at a very affordable price point.

Back to the future
1958 was a banner year in solid-body electric guitar history, witnessing the rise of both the Gibson Flying V and Explorer model guitars, instruments whose aesthetics were so far ahead of their time that they shocked the establishment and immediately found a home with some of the era’s most innovative musicians. The Explorer body style has been embraced by some of the biggest names in rock, from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Allen Collins and Pete Willis of Def Leppard to the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and The Edge from U2.

A big factor in the allure of those early Gibsons was their solid bodies made from korina wood (also known as African mahogany, “super” mahogany and limba). Rare, beautiful, and notoriously hard to work with, korina nevertheless produces a warm tone and powerful resonance for a sonic footprint like no other. Epiphone has revived the use of korina for its limited-edition 1958 Epiphone Korina Explorer and given each guitar a natural finish that puts the wood’s delicate, luminous grain front and center. A black-and-white pickguard closely follows the guitar’s body outline, also calling to mind the first generation of Explorers.

The use of korina extends to the guitar’s neck, which retains the Explorer’s classic 1960s Slim Taper D-Profile and 24.75” scale, for faster playing and less hand fatigue. The Pau Ferro fingerboard has a 12” radius, traditional pearloid dot inlays, a 1-11/16” synthetic bone nut and 22 medium-jumbo frets. The Explorer’s signature headstock is emblazoned with a stylized script logo and appointed with Grover Mini-Rotomatic machine heads with a 14:1 ratio for fast, dependable tuning.

Classic tone in a thoroughly modern package
For that classic sound, the limited-edition 1958 Epiphone Korina Explorer solid-body electric guitar features high-output Alnico humbucker pickups that emulate the tone delivered by the original Explorers’ PAF-style humbuckers. An Alnico Classic humbucker pickup is placed near the neck, while an overwound, slightly hotter Alnico Classic Plus humbucker is installed at the bridge position. The pickups are carefully wound to reveal the full tonal range of the korina body, bringing exceptional power and detail to every note. Controls include individual volume knobs for each pickup and a master tone knob, all with a vintage Gibson-inspired “top hat” silhouette.

Every limited-edition Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer comes with Epiphone’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson’s 24/7/365 customer service.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Epiphone LE Exclusive Run 1958 Korina Explorer Guitar Specifications
  • Body Material: Korina (African Limba)
  • Neck Material: Korina (African Limba)
  • Neck Profile: "1960's" SlimTaper; D-Profile
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Neck Joint: Glued In
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Pau Ferro with pearloid "Dot" inlays
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Headstock: Traditional Explorer with Pearloid "Epiphone" logo
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker
  • Controls: Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector
    • Bridge Volume
    • Neck Volume
    • Master Tone
  • Binding: None
  • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Pickguard: 3-layer; (B/W/B)
  • Output Jack: Epiphone All-metal 1/4"
  • Output Jack Plate: Square; Black PVC
  • Machine Heads: Grover mini-Rotomatics; 14; 1 ratio
  • Knobs: Black "Top Hat" knobs
  • Optional: Hard Case (940-EXLP2)
  • Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

Customer Reviews

NW USA ChelseaFC Fan Submitted: 1/21/2019
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A little bold - A lot awesome!
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Wow! Received it the day after New Years 2019, opened the box and it was "Merry late Christmas to me"! The quality of the fit, finish and gold hardware to the eye was stunning. Even though it's a brand new guitar, it was manufactured in 2016 and the strings were DOA. Quick change to new GHS Boomers and it was "man this thing cranks". No fret buzz or neck adjustment needed, the intonation was almost spot on. The play-ability and sound are terrific, the alnico double-waxed pups are almost 'but not quite' as good as the Gibson 57' classics in my Epiphone Tribute Plus. I'm not a professional gigging guitarist so I have no need to change the pickups. Whether it's jammin' with the boys, playing at parties or filling in for a band member at church, this fits my needs perfectly. Can't tell you how many 'oohs & awes' I've gotten but it's quite a few. If you want a guitar that sounds terrific and looks a little different, do yourself a favor and pick one up. The 58' Korina Explorer is awesome!
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Rob Terry Submitted: 1/5/2019
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Love this guitar!
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This is an awesome guitar!! Rides fantastic...like I e played it for years! Excellent sound!
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Renee Submitted: 1/3/2019
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Beautiful guitar
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Looks and sounds amazing
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Timothy Butler Submitted: 10/4/2018
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Beautiful guitar to rival expensive Gibsons
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This is a beautiful guitar with the same dimensions as the pricier Gibson. The korina wood is prettier than the regular mahogany. Gold hardware adds class. Great neck and action!!
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Brett potter Submitted: 9/5/2018
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Killer tone and playability action
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Was really impressed with the playability of this guitar.slim neck fast action. The al nico pickups have a great tone for everything from rock to metal.great finish as well. All around great axe!
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Chuck Purdue Submitted: 8/10/2018
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Love it,had one when i has a kid,now i am back judt like old times
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Great looking guitar,love the feel and tone,well balanced and beautiful
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Tim Rodrigue Submitted: 7/22/2018
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My favorite guitar!!
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I looked at the guitar and the flying “V” online for about a month and couldn’t make up my mind which one I really wanted. I’m extremely happy that I picked the Explorer!! Not only were the looks impressive, but the set-up and action were right-on!!. The guitar is balanced perfectly for me!! I’m a short fat dude and it’s extremely comfortable to play!! My Strat and Les Paul are very jealous!!
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Rocknrick Submitted: 4/20/2018
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Awsome guitar
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Beautiful, the wood (korina), the the gold hardware, the set up was near perfect as it could be. I found no blems on this instrument. Will be installing a Floyd Rose on it shortly. I'll have this guitar working hard soon after.
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Mark Maranta Submitted: 4/11/2018
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Still just a veneer.
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This is a great guitar. Excellent value. I just wish Gibson would be more honest and admit that the Korina is only 1/64th deep. Bought one back in '99 I think it was... and also decided that a black pickguard looks better. Next step: Burstbuckers.
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joerocks Submitted: 3/17/2018
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Very nice guitar for the price.
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When the guitar arrived it had a slight buzz on the low E string but once the neck settled in it plays great.I really like the pickups,body and action is really good.It came with the pickguard scratched up is my only complaint,but I didn"t return because of the hassle and I liked everything about this guitar.A great value for the money.
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