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Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case

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The Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case is a rugged wood case covered in Tolex and features padded plush lining, a heavy-duty handle, and an accessory c...Click To Read More About This Product

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Supreme protection for your prized axe.

The Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case is a rugged wood case covered in Tolex and features padded plush lining, a heavy-duty handle, and an accessory compartment. Super-tough hinges and drawbar latches.

FEATURES
Rugged wood structure
Tough Tolex covering
Padded, plush lining
Heavy-duty handle
Heavy hinges and drawbar latches
Accessory compartment
Contoured design

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EpiphoneExplorer Hardshell Case
 
4.4

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (11)
  • Good protection (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (9)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall Nice Case

I have 3 other hardcases for my guitars. I would say this is overall a good case it does its job. Nice soft interior. Tight fitting to the body of the guitar. Absolutely...Read complete review

I have 3 other hardcases for my guitars. I would say this is overall a good case it does its job. Nice soft interior. Tight fitting to the body of the guitar. Absolutely no wiggle room so your explorer shaped guitar won't bounce around. Hardware is solid. I think it should last. Honestly the only thing I can complain about is that it came with a huge scratch on the front of it brand new. A disappointment musicians friend...but it is a case and it bought it for its functionality. And it does a good job. I would also like to add that gibson makes the best hardcases in my opinion. My sg modeled case is the best, skb is good too but for the price I would say this case is well worth it if you want to protect your ax...

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Cheap

The handle assembly is junk. The case itself is not too bad - but the handle on my case held up for about a month. First, one of the rivets that attach the...Read complete review

The handle assembly is junk. The case itself is not too bad - but the handle on my case held up for about a month. First, one of the rivets that attach the plastic handle to the metal bracket came lose. I replaced these with a small bolt. Then the actual metal atted to the case came loose from the case.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fits Explorer like a glove and fits Guild X-80 and X-82 guitars too

By Aedan Hurley

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

I am satisfied with the case. It is not "top of the line" but it is solid enough for my needs. For the price, it is a good deal especially if you are looking for a case for some very rare, oddball shaped Guilds. It will work for them too.
I was in need of a hard shell case to protect a rare Guild X-80 Skylark. Since this Guild has a radical, asymmetric shape similar to the Explorer, I figured I would give it a try. The case is large and a bit on the heavy side. The internal dimensions (something I could not find anywhere on the internet!) are 47 1/2 inches long and 16 3/4 inches wide. This includes pushing into the cushion so I would say these are the maximum dimensions that the case can hold. The body cavity is large and fits an Explorer very snugly with no chance of it moving around. The body cavity is 23 3/4 inches long. There is a little "step up" cushion that is 5 3/4 inches long right before the neck rest. The neck rest has a groove shaped into it that fits the Explorer design. It is NOT in the center of the neck rest. If you are in front of the open case, it starts 6 inches from the far side and stops at 8 1/2 inches (a 2 1/2 inch groove). The case closes tightly around the Guild X-80 and although it is shorter than the Explorer body, it does not move around in the case due to the snugness of the padding. I also tried a Guild X-82 Nova in the case and it fit even better! I tried a Guild S-281 Flyer in it and it fit but had way too much extra space around it. I tried a Guild X-79 and it did NOT fit. The distance between the upper horn and a point on the headstock on the X-79 does not clear the distance across the storage compartment.

Sufficient construction quality for home storage of guitar and light gigging. Would not hold up well on extended gigs or rough handling.
I believe I got what I paid for.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Made for the Explorer

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Fits perfectly
  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy
  • Stylish

Cons

  • Little Pricey

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Everyday
  • Practicing
  • Storage
  • Transport
  • Travel

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

This case fits the explorer like a glove. Large storage compartment, plenty of room for various items. The case is a little pricey but, quite a bit less expensive than a molded case. At any rate there are not a lot of cases that will work for the explorer but, this one will.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No Quality at all

By anp man

from california

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Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

Yes my Explorer does fit in the case. All the case does is keep the dust off the guitar. It is a very heavy poor quality guitar case made of card board and particle board with the Worst hardware I have ever seen. This is not a case that you take out on the road. Home use only.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Cheap

By Gruesome

from Dayton Ohio

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Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

The handle assembly is junk. The case itself is not too bad - but the handle on my case held up for about a month. First, one of the rivets that attach the plastic handle to the metal bracket came lose. I replaced these with a small bolt. Then the actual metal atted to the case came loose from the case.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice plushy case

By CadaverKev

from Near Chicago

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Handle assembly questionable

Best Uses

  • non-air travel

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

This is overall a great case. Nice plushy lining, outside covered in Tolex, solid construction, a HUGE accessory compartment inside and a lockable clasp. The only thing that may concern me in the future is the handle assembly; it seems a little flimsy. Time will tell I guess. Oh... there was mention on a previous review that this case does not fit the Epiphone Goth Explorer... well that's completely false! This case fits the Epiphone Goth explorer perfectly. MF even shipped mine in this case when I ordered them together.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Overall Nice Case

By MusicMan

from Milwaukee

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Pros

  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Protection
  • Travel

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

I have 3 other hardcases for my guitars. I would say this is overall a good case it does its job. Nice soft interior. Tight fitting to the body of the guitar. Absolutely no wiggle room so your explorer shaped guitar won't bounce around. Hardware is solid. I think it should last. Honestly the only thing I can complain about is that it came with a huge scratch on the front of it brand new. A disappointment musicians friend...but it is a case and it bought it for its functionality. And it does a good job. I would also like to add that gibson makes the best hardcases in my opinion. My sg modeled case is the best, skb is good too but for the price I would say this case is well worth it if you want to protect your ax...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Jonny B Goode

from Kansas

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Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

This case is everything i could have expected. of course is gonna be a bit heavy with your explorer in it. this case will fit a hamer standard series guitar too.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Destroyed under my bed

By Pillowsfan

from Las Vegas

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

Purchased this case to protect my investment. I only use the case to store my guitar underneath my bed and to practice within my room. I have not taken the guitar or the case to a gig, it has stayed within my home. After 3 weeks of pulling it out from under my bed the Tolex on one of the corners started to peel back. 2 weeks later, the tolex and the cardboard it was glued to came with it as well. So one corner of my case has already began to unravel. That was 6 months ago. I have "repaired" the corner with duct tape. Also I still have not traveled with it outside the house.I may have the bad one out of the bunch, I recommend a more solid case.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Doesn't fit Goth 1958

By Just Dad

from East Stroudsburg, PA

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

I bought this case for an Epiphone Goth 1958 Explorer at the same time that I purchased the guitar. The guitar doesn't fit into the recessed area that is shaped like the Explorer. I called Musicians Friend and spoke to a rep and he was as surprised as I was and didn't have a solution. I sent it back. It looks like a nice case but it is unuseable for me.

 
5.0

Storage volume, Protective, Bulky-heavy

By Buffalo_BiL

from New Buffalo, MI

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fits many guitars
  • Storage space
  • Very protective

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Heavy @ 16 1/2 Lb
  • Tolex vs baggage machines?

Best Uses

  • Car travel
  • Local travel
  • Storage

Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

This case came with my Epiphone Korina Explorer, perfect fit with plenty of storage space. It must fit many other guitars as well. Kinda bulky and heavy @ 16 1/2 Lb. I can imagine the wind pulling on it outside.
I'm kinda doubtful the Tolex skin will stand up to baggage machines in airports, but the rectangular shape will stack well during shipping.

 
4.0

Works as advertised

By doomsauce

from fargone, nd

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

    Supposedly this was a "blemished" item but it looks just fine. I bought this for a Schecter E-1 (Explorer style body) because at the time Musicians Friend did not have a Schecter case available that would fit that guitar. This case works perfectly.

     
    5.0

    Great case for a great price

    By Rocker NY

    from New York

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Inner compartment lid sloppy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

      Overall the case is very nice. The inside compartment lid is a little sloppy feeling. The Epiphone 58 Korina Explorer fits very snug so it will not shift. I did get a great price when purchased and well worth it.

       
      4.0

      Nice case for the price.

      By Brad

      from Coal Grove, Oh

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

          For the money this case cannot be beat. Is it as good as a Gibson case? No, but it is 1/4 of the price. Lid is a little flimsy but it is lined very well and most of the case is pretty solid construction. Probably would not last during heavy touring but for home use and taking out for occasional gigs it will be fine. Bottom line, if you need an explorer case that gets the job done for a decent price, buy it!

           
          4.0

          A little too big

          By Yaya

          from Houston Tx

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          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

          A little too big...
          The inside is great...the guitar moves nowhere and very soft...with a small box to put your stuff

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          You could carry a machine gun in this thing!!!!

          By Chris

          from Simi Valley CA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

              I got this for my 58 goth explorer with a Dimebucker. When I got it I thought that it was huge compared to other guitar cases. Its kind of bulky but it keeps my guitar protected and safe. The inner lining is a nice soft fuzzy material and the storage box inside can hold more then you can imagine. good price for a great case

               
              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Chuck

              from Washington, DC

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

                  Store my new Explorer

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent option for fitting the Moderne

                  By Maurice

                  from undisclosed

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits an unusually sized and shaped guitar
                  • Functional
                  • Good price point
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

                      Excellent case for the money. Not flight-grade, but I wasn't expecting that.

                       
                      4.0

                      Does The Job

                      By Durty Devil

                      from NYC

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                      Pros

                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

                          Needed a case for my 2016 Gibson Explorer. There's no way my Explorer was going to survive all the rigors of gigging and back and forth to rehearsal in the flimsy gigbag Gibson provided. I couldn't afford any of the other cases which are around double the price, so I picked up the Epiphone case. It's well built, the guitar fits snugly, and it will protect it when bouncing around in the car or shoved in the corner at a gig. The only part that feels somewhat on the flimsy side would be the handle, but I think it will hold up well enough. Very good value for the money, as far as I'm concerned.

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent case

                          By Neon Joe

                          from Death Valley

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

                              Great well made case protects my epi explorer & fits like a glove.

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent product/deal

                              By Paul

                              from undisclosed

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                              Pros

                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Epiphone Explorer Hardshell Case:

                                  You could not tell it was a blem is your life depended on it. Great deal! Fit my Moderne nicely

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