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Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar  

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    Epiphone

    The design that blasted guitar into the space age.

    The Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar is based on the '58 Gibson design that ushered in the space age! The 1958 Explorer features a 24-3/4"-scale maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Two Alnico Classic humbuckers give it its rock 'n' roll voice, with one tone and two volume knobs and a three-way switch for shifting from rhythm to high-altitude leads. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and LockTone stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier. Limited lifetime warranty.


     
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    Epiphone1958 Explorer Electric Guitar
     
    4.9

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Big Bang for your Buck.

    By Matthew Chang

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Overall, this is what I have to say about the guitar. I love it. It is an absolute must have for those looking for a good priced, and excellent quality Explorer that rivals even its Gibson counterpart. I also love this guitar because of the unusual, yet extremely bad ass shape! I will mention a couple things to be wary of however.

    1. Because of its unusual shape, I would recommend being careful with it around the house as the large shape can ding in some doorways.
    2. Transporting this guitar, I'm not gonna lie, is a complete mess. I of course bought the case for it, but once you put the guitar in, it easily weighs somewhere 20+ pounds. The size of the case can also be a problem for smaller car trunks.

    However, the benefits of this guitar completely overshadow these little nuisances. While most of you probably will want a Gibson version, (like I do) this will be a more than adequate substitue while you save up your $$$$ for the gold! I know I will be keeping Eleanor (my guitar ) for a long time.
    Firstly, the guitar comes well packed with decent humbuckers. However, they are not the best and I recommend switching them out. I have a couple examples of which to use.

    1. For a good distortion and scream, replace them with DiMarzio Super Distortion
    2. For a clean tone that still packs punch, I recommend Semour Bro Bucker.
    (I have both but the Semours are slightly more expensive).

    Either way is a good way to go! And if you're not the kinda guitarist that switches pickups and humbuckers out, that's all right, the included humbuckers are more than satisfactory.
    When I first got the guitar 3 years ago, it came of course in the box neatly tucked and sealed in. It was perfect. The paint job was awesome and complete. The gold hardware on the guitar was shiny and did not have blemishes (mine were actually polished too!), and even the strings (which I replaced immediately) were in tune!
    I remember going to a local guitar center once and playing a Gibson Explorer after I had gotten my Epiphone variant. In all honesty, The Epiphone was almost just as good as the Gibson (for about $600 dollars less too xD). I will eventaully want an actual Gibson Explorer, but for the quality of this bad boy, it is defenitely worth your money.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    goes beyond words

    By Kent Young

    from Lock Haven, PA

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    The guitar feels really solid. The black finish seems like it wouldnt really stand out, but it definatly catches my eye. The gold hardware looks heavenly and really classes the guitar up. It it would have binding going up the neck this thing would be even greater. I would recomend strap locks. The guitar is a little neck heavy. I do not like where the strap pins are placed. It will take sometime getting used to, but it doesnt bring my opinion down at all. The only thing i am displeased with are the pickups. They might be good for rock, or blues, but for metal they are not up to par. I would suggest swapping them out if you want to play metal. They arn't horrible pups, they just are not to my liking. Also this guitar is reletivly light. I read other reviews saying the guitar was heavy, but compared to my les paul, this thing doesn't weigh much at all. Overall this is a fantastic guitar, if the stock pickups were better, this would have gotten a 10. If you are considering getting this guitar, stop considering, buy it, and start playing. I cannot wait to swap the pickups with blackouts. This will then be my main guitar. \m/

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Suprisingly Good.

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I bought this thing used and was not expecting much. Yes, the Gold was worn off the hardware. So what, This is a great playing, nice sounding guitar. Well worth the money. I have paid a lot more for much less.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    1958 Epiphone Explorer

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Gnarly axe for an INSANELY great price!
    Simple, BEST GUITAR EVER!!! way better than Gibson.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply Amazing

    By tyler mowers

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Im very impressed with this guitar, i purchased it intending to use it as a rhythm axe, and leave the lead stuff to my esp. As soon as i started playing it all those intentions dissappeared, ive never played a more comfortable guitar in my life. The action can be super low with very little to no fret buzz. This thing practically plays itself, not to mention it looks pretty sweet. If your having trouble deciding whether or not to get this guitar dont think about it, you wont regret it.
    Very high quality, the gold plating on the hardware started to rub off on mine, showing through into the silver below. This isnt a problem for me as it gives the guitar some character of its own. I origanally was considering replacing the pickups with some higher output ones, but a few tweaks with my pedal settings fixed that, they sound mean and crunchy just like i like them.
    For the price of this guitar its hard to not be impressed by the instrument you end up getting. When playing it i sometimes forget how little i payed for it in regards to how amazing it feels and sounds.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A rock n rollers guitar.

    By S.R. Hirschberg

    from Ames, Iowa

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    When one says "Rock n Roll" the '58 Explorer is it. Been ripping the strings on mine for over 8 years and Ive never had a problem with it. Tho, the first thing that I had to change on it was the butt-end strap lock, I moved it up several inches from the top of the fin (The fin gets in the way of the strap). Its very solidly built and nicely balanced but be warned of the fin if you decide to do any Pete Townshend wind mills. The only thing that I have a guff about is that I wish it had 2 & 2 for the pickups controls. I run my '58 through a Digitech PR series pedal with a Pro Co Rat into a R100 Carvin head to a Randall RA-412JB cabinet. This thing ROARS.. Theres nothing like it

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone 1958 Explorer

    By EDDIE-a-ozQ

    from Baldwinsville,NY

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Right out of the box,this Explorer ROCKS!Every note rings like bell...it may have something to do with the guitar techs @ Epiphone.Factory set ACTION & INTONATION is spot on.Toggle switch is silent,& volume/ tone controls the same.Sweet volume swells...Having said that;...I'm a l/bit stupified by this "korina " wood.Inside it looks either a very porous wood, or fabricated.My EPI SG is bookmatched mahogany and wieghs 2 lbs less.Speaking of WEIGHT.This guitar is METAL all day!Outta the box,I cannot complain about the pickups.If you're a gain freak, then dial it up!I jammed along with my favorite METALLICA cd through my ZOOM pedal @ my SG's settings,and....WHOOF!:) It's got a pair..Tunimg pegs hold a tune, but feel synthetic.There is a body cavity under the pickgaurd,so the pickguard stays.UBER TIP!..There is a balance issue with the placement of the strap peg @ the neck.AWKWARD!So i drilled a hole behind the 21st fret,put in a straplok, and it sits REAL NICE! A set of DIMARZIO's are due to arrive any day!With the way this guitar sings now...LOOK OUT!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sick...

    By Bones

    from Santa Cruz, CA

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I got one used like new and it's such a sick axe. It's so different feeling than a Strat or LP. Very heavy but not uncomfortable. I was worried about the shape but it really is easy to rest on your leg if you are sitting but i mostly stand anyway, It's very balanced - no head dives - it hangs natural. The pups are nice - smooth and creamy sounding thru my Marshall. The one i got had the switch replaced with a solid brass one - probably a repair. The overall feel is one of command - power chords ring out, leads scream. It's not your usual style and shape so at first it seems "unnatural" but if you give it a little time to grow on you then you'll see that this is one "Sick" axe. I can see why this was considered 'way out' in '58 when Gibson came out with the shape - it was way ahead of it's time. If you are daring enough to try this axe then you'll see why.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    hot pickups and just easy to play

    By RyMan2012

    from Southern Cali

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar somewhat doubting it because it was an epiphone but i plugged it into my Marshall halfstack and played and was mesmerize by the hot pickups that have that distinguished creamy overdrive/gain sound that come from the gibson 57 classic pickups..

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Explorer..........yep

    By yep2012

    from WV

    Comments about Epiphone 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    This is a good guitar, has a great feel and a verry nice sound. its not really for metal, more for anything from blues to thrash. it gets a great sound under distortion, but not for heavier metal, im only stressing that because i play grindcore and death metal. it looks really good too.

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