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 rosewood 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.

    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: Rosewood 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
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
    Dan C., dcarlton@life.edu
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    Great Guitar
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    Very well made. Plays and sounds great. Going to change the strings to Roto Yellows 10-46; should make it sound even better.
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    Bruce Satinover
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    Exceeds Expectations
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    The build quality and sound are as advertised. More importantly the reviews here have been pretty accurate with more criticism than I would give. The pickups are retro so if you're doing metal you'll be changing pickups. I do progressive rock and heavily processed electronic for which this light weight, well balanced guitar will be something most rock, blues, or moderately aggressive guitarists will most likely appreciate. Setup was fine. The neck is slightly thick, not 50s style baseball bat or early 60s Gibson slim taper. I have an SG with such a neck and while it's not my favorite it is still good sounding and playable. How much do I like this guitar? I bought it in hope of replacing the Gibson SG. The Korina Epiphone Explorer gets the job done with a bit more bite in the neck and more warmth in the neck pickups. Maybe there are variances but to a person the reviews here and on the net have been very positive. It is an inexpensive guitar and I have experienced mixed results from Epiphone, but this guitar seems to transcend it's price point.American Musical did a good job on pre sale and delivery was prompt.
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    Rob Vermeer
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    Nice Guitar for the monely. Good sound and feel
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    If your looking to find an affordable "Gibson type" guitar, I would recommend Epiphone
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    Wyatt Groshong
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    Well worth the money
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    Love this guitar! Surprised how light it feels and how well it plays. I'm a fender guy but will definitely be buying more epiphone in the future. A must have!
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    RedWineKline
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    A Great Player at A Fair Price
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    I owned the last Korina Epiphone released and it really grew on me. There is a warmness to Korina as a tone wood that is just great and as I played the last one until it was pretty much a pile of splinters, I was excited for the opportunity to get another. Looks- This time around, the aesthetics are much more appealing. The black pick-gaurd and the gold hardware look royal next to the amber finish and an attractive piece of wood. Sound- Keep in mind, it is an Epi and they are not exactly known for pro-level instruments, but this guitar is exceptional. I found the buckers to be a serious upgrade over the last Epi Korina Explorer I played. Good range of tones from warm and thick to bright, clear, and bitey. Playability- Obviously a Gibson inspired guitar in dimensions. If you enjoy a thicker neck and genrously-sized frets you'll feel at home. As far as setup goes, mine was fine out of the box, one should never count on that being the case. Build Quality- The guitar feels solid in your hands. My selector switch went bad after maybe 7-8 hrs of use over a couple weeks- Etremely annoying, but not an uncommon problem to experience with any guitar in any pricerange. Final Veridt- A great looking and fun to play guitar at a solid price.
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    Tom Talbert
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    As good as you've heard!
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    The instrument is AT LEAST as good as I could have dared hope, especially at the price! Also- A BIG shout-out to AMS Customer Service... On the off chance you have a problem with ANYTHING, rest assured you will be taken care of quickly, courteously, and completely!!!
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    Dennis Wood
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    Order# W8735031 - DAMAGED! Crack at headstock/neck junction....
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Three days after receiving this instrument, I was surprised to find a 3/4-inch long crack at the junction where the headstock & neck meet. It's on the backside of guitar...behind the first fret. I did not see the need to repackage the guitar and send it back. The overall look, feel & tone are not really impacted by this defect. But...the instrument should be in perfect condition when purchased new, right? Regardless, it is a gorgeous guitar, and I really love playing it.
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    Rany K
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    Just as good
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    Feeling as a real vintage one. Light and balanced great tone through my normal rig
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    58Deluxe
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    Even Better than i thought it was going to be
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Early impression: This is an incredible pick (& a little hard to) guitar find. This LE '58 Korina Explorer run sells out fast and is on backorder often - that in itself says a lot about the demand. Upon receipt, a couple of very small backside finish imperfections near the rear neck/body, far from show stoppers. The pickup selector switch needed to be loosened & realigned for playability (prob should be changed to a quality switchcraft sw). Probably will change the control cavity wiring to old school (incl BB caps) ,& that's it. A very resonant Korina body yields a smile one could only hope for; notes just sing off the neck - this; with only a tune up. A pro secondary setup will happen, but upon observation/play, really, little adjustment is needed OTB. Looks are great. Play & feel is Fantastic, Thanks, AMS!
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    Tom Aton
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    Lots of bang for the buck
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    I'd actually rate it at 4.5, but that's not an option so I'm rounding up. The guitar itself is an insane value for only $549. It arrived in one piece, well set up, intonated properly, and on schedule. There are a couple of tiny cosmetic flaws that can't be seen more than a couple of feet away, but at this price point I more or less expect it. The pickups are not particularly to my liking, but a couple Benjamins for a set of Seymour Duncan humbuckers will fix that. The customer service folks were outstanding...as of the day before delivery, there were still no tracking results on the FedEx web site. The customer service staff verified that the shipment had been picked up, initiated a trace on the shipment, and offered to send a second one if the first one didn't arrive. All of the tracking data finally popped up the afternoon before delivery, which I ascribe to IT problems at FedEx - but the customer service folks sent me a $25 gift card to compensate me for my trouble!
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