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Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar has a riff-friendly 24-3/4" scale mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. 2 humbuckers give it it...Click To Read More About This Product

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Based on the '58 Gibson design that ushered in the space age.

The Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar has a riff-friendly 24-3/4" scale mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. 2 humbuckers give it its rock 'n roll voice with 2 volumes, one tone knob, and 3-way switch for shifting from rhythm to high-altitude leads. Swept-back body is made of korina wood, which is lighter and brighter than mahogany and promotes resonance. LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing.

FEATURES
  • Korinia body
  • Mahogany set-in neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • 2 vol, 1 tone control
  • 3-way pickup switch
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for more sustain and easier string changing
  • Gold hardware
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EpiphoneKorina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Value That Shreds

I have been playing guitar fifteen years now and I have played everything from nameless planks you find in CD stores, to my Gibson Explorers. This is one of my favorites. I bought...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar fifteen years now and I have played everything from nameless planks you find in CD stores, to my Gibson Explorers. This is one of my favorites. I bought mine in mint condition from a dirty little pawn shop in Roanoke VA when I was traveling through. I talked em down to 300 clams and struck gold with this one. I'd pay the 499 in a second. I have two Gibson Explorers and thought this would be my beater I took on the road with me. It has become my main guitar as far as practice goes. I'll still pull out my LiveWire-loaded Gibson for shows to satisfy my ego, but I love this guitar.

Amazing tones,rich and full.

Sustain for days. As much as my Thunderhorse even.

The guitar is SOLID and it always stays in tune. Not a single imperfection on mine.

Like its pricier cousins, you can hear this guitar without an amp. One of the few guitars in this price range I found I could play withought an amp as I battled insomnia and a pack of Camels late into the night. Apartment..

I play everything from Punk to Blues. I am in two bands currently. One Death/Thrash and the other Stoner Rock. This guitar does anything I want. Limited only by my skill level. I currently have it loaded down with Fat Bottom Ernie Balls and tuned to C Standard. No fret buzz. Just clean highs, with thick, pounding, low, stoner-growls of triumph.

The body of the guitar just reverberates warmly with every note. I am an Explorer man through n through and I hang this one next to my best guitars with pride.

If you hate this guitar, you are probably a spoiled little fruit playing a 10 Grand PRS..

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

One of the best!!

I have several guitars, including a Jackson Dinky and a '77 Gibson SG, and this Explorer tops them all!! After I received this guitar, I took it in for a setup,...Read complete review

I have several guitars, including a Jackson Dinky and a '77 Gibson SG, and this Explorer tops them all!! After I received this guitar, I took it in for a setup, which cost me less than $100. After all was said and done, I LOVE THIS AXE!! Moved the upper strap button to the center of the back of the body just below the neck to balance the weight, that was the only mod it needed... It looks and feels great, the color and finish are awesome, and I love the neck and how it plays I have had no problems with tuning or the electronics. It has quickly become my favorite, I may even sell my SG!!! lol
A LOT of guitar for the money--buy it, you won't be disappointed!!!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

One of the best!!

By Al McClung

from Hideaway Park, CO

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

I have several guitars, including a Jackson Dinky and a '77 Gibson SG, and this Explorer tops them all!! After I received this guitar, I took it in for a setup, which cost me less than $100. After all was said and done, I LOVE THIS AXE!! Moved the upper strap button to the center of the back of the body just below the neck to balance the weight, that was the only mod it needed... It looks and feels great, the color and finish are awesome, and I love the neck and how it plays I have had no problems with tuning or the electronics. It has quickly become my favorite, I may even sell my SG!!! lol
A LOT of guitar for the money--buy it, you won't be disappointed!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Deal for Money Provided You're Willing to Replace the Pickups

By Rob E

from WA

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Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

Again, provided you are willing to change out the pickups and electronics, this thing can do some serious rocking. I've read complaints in other quarters about the nut (which is plastic), but mine had no problems that required replacement. If it had better pickups I would have given it a higher rating.
The Grover tuners on this are nice and it is acoustically loud for an electric (it actually shares that with my Gibson Flying V), so the tonal potential for this axe is definitely there. The body of the guitar is actually more of a nonetheless very appealing reddish brown color rather than the gold the pictures on this site seem to show it as, but it is relatively lightweight, too, so not much of a burden on the back and shoulders.
This guitar is basically well built and should hold up well over time, but the cheap Korean electronics and the unsatisfactory pickups really require one to replace them. At this price point, this is a great project guitar. I had DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups installed along with upgraded innards and now it sounds killer. Total 70's bliss! This weapon is great for southern rock and hard rock as I have it configured. The factory setup was kinda high toward the upper register on the fretboard, but then again, it was still better than how my V arrived. Now THAT was a joke! The tech who did the pickup replacement also tweaked the action and it made a huge playability difference.
For those of you who can't afford a Gibson Explorer, this is a great option because if you put about $250-350 bucks into it you have a gigworthy six string that costs at least $500-600 less than the lowest priced Gibby Explorer. This is why I bought it as a project guitar and I'm glad I did.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Value That Shreds

By RedWineKline

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Best Value You'll Find
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Looks amazing
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stays in tune
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing guitar fifteen years now and I have played everything from nameless planks you find in CD stores, to my Gibson Explorers. This is one of my favorites. I bought mine in mint condition from a dirty little pawn shop in Roanoke VA when I was traveling through. I talked em down to 300 clams and struck gold with this one. I'd pay the 499 in a second. I have two Gibson Explorers and thought this would be my beater I took on the road with me. It has become my main guitar as far as practice goes. I'll still pull out my LiveWire-loaded Gibson for shows to satisfy my ego, but I love this guitar.

    Amazing tones,rich and full.

    Sustain for days. As much as my Thunderhorse even.

    The guitar is SOLID and it always stays in tune. Not a single imperfection on mine.

    Like its pricier cousins, you can hear this guitar without an amp. One of the few guitars in this price range I found I could play withought an amp as I battled insomnia and a pack of Camels late into the night. Apartment..

    I play everything from Punk to Blues. I am in two bands currently. One Death/Thrash and the other Stoner Rock. This guitar does anything I want. Limited only by my skill level. I currently have it loaded down with Fat Bottom Ernie Balls and tuned to C Standard. No fret buzz. Just clean highs, with thick, pounding, low, stoner-growls of triumph.

    The body of the guitar just reverberates warmly with every note. I am an Explorer man through n through and I hang this one next to my best guitars with pride.

    If you hate this guitar, you are probably a spoiled little fruit playing a 10 Grand PRS..

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Geat guitar for the money

    By Cory Embry

    from USA

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    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Very satisfied with this guitar.
    I've been wanting an Explorer type guitar for awhile, got the Epiphone Korina Wood model - mine was a factory second, but the blems aren't really all that noticable. Sonically the guitar is incredible, the finish looks really good, and the neck is great too.
    Great quality for the money, I'm actually tempted to buy a black Epi Explorer and finally retire my 10 year old Epi Black Beauty that's seen a lot of use over the years.
    Great value.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar -- esp. for the price

    By Crunchy Dynamite

    from Raleigh, North Carolina

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Looks
    • Price

    Cons

    • Economy Electronics
    • Made in Korea
    • Multiple Glue Joints

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    Overall, this is a great guitar that is a blast to play -- assuming the player is ok with the large shape of the body -- esp. at this price point.

    Do not expect to take it out of the box & sound your best though. Depending on how 'high end' you want to go with it, a good setup at minimum will have you rocking in no time.

    If you want to take it up another notch, change out ALL of the electronics -- pots, switch & wiring in addition to the pickups. Replace the nut with something that would make Billy Gibbons do the moon walk. Then polish the frets, put some new strings on it & don't forget to check the intonation. You'll be pretty darn close to its $7,000 cousin that Gibson makes. Because at the end of the day, your fingers & soul is going to be what makes ANY guitar sound good..

    The criticisms I have for this axe are VERY picky & trivial but I will include them for the sake of completeness. I have noticed 3 glue joints along the back edge of the guitar (i.e. where the rear strap button is attached) which indicates that 4 pieces of wood were used for the body on mine and it appears that a korina veneer has been placed on the top & back because the glue lines can not be traced from the edge to the top & back. I have not yet found any information that confirms or refutes this so I could be wrong but that's what my eyes are seeing.

    There is also a glue joint in two places on the neck: one is around the 3rd fret (pretty standard on many tilt back headstocks) and the other is at the heel of the neck where it attaches to the body.

    Even though the description states that the neck is mahogany, mine appears to be maple & I've had other people state that their's has a maple neck as well. Mine is definitely older (maybe 2008?) so it could be possible that they switched the wood used for the neck -- if it is true that the one I have is in fact maple.

    I have not seen an original Gibson Korina Explorer as of yet but my guess would be that there are not as many glue joints. I would also be surprised if they used a veneer on the top & back, esp if the glue lines match up well.

    Don't mistake my critical review to mean this is not a good guitar. With a little tweaking & a good set up, this guitar will rival any guitar that costs well over twice as much. The main reason I gave it 4 stars is b/c of the electronics & nut. Other than that, the finish is pure eye candy & I leave it on a guitar stand so when I walk in the room, its the first thing I see.. they really did a fantastic job on the finish & it sounds good even when its not plugged in! BUY IT!!!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    A Lot Better than I Expected!

    By Austin Jennings

    from Atlanta

    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    i love this guitar. it's pretty much perfect for me. plus it looks cool. although, the one thing i didnt like about it (which has changed since) is that before i got a case for it storing it was an issue, as it doesnt lean against things very well without falling over, and doesnt really fit on a guitar stand. but like i said, case fixes that. but anyway, i would definitely buy this thing again.
    The only thing i had trouble with for this guitar is that there was some noise when i played with the knobs, but the guy i bought it used from helped me fix it. the pickup selector is nice and out of the way, so i dont accidentally hit it like i do with some other guitars.
    The neck is really nice, i like it a lot. plays very smoothly. pickups are fantastic, and switching around and playing with the knobs gives you a very wide range of tone, more than other guitars i have had/played.the body is really nice and big, resonates well. the only problem is that if you do too many string bends the guitar comes out of tune sort of quickly, although i am told tightening the truss rod fixes that (haven't tried yet). i dont really do many big bends, so i havent had problems, but if you bend a lot, might want to look into getting that fixed.
    i am a bit biased, i bought this guitar for a great price, happily. but i think it's worth the price. the construction is solid and lasting, so repairs should be minimum, if you are careful.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    58' Explorer

    By Rockin Kid

    from Houston, Mo

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    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    If you want a guitar that has the sound of classic rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and alot of other bands, this is the guitar for you. I play mine through a Marshall AVT 150 combo with a peavey preamp and this does awsome at shows, and it looks awsome.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    All right Guitar

    By jacksonguy

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I've never been a big fan of epiphone, but I bought this guitar because my ibanez broke and I needed this just for lessons. Right when I played this guitar it just didn't feel right. I lowered the action and I personaly don't like the neck at all. The pickups are really bad and you might want to consider putting in some active emg's. This guitar keeps in tune when you play chords and such, but when you bend it goes out of tune. This guitar is a good guitar otherwise.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Explorer

    By Bassrock88

    from Philidelphia, PA

    Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

    I played this and loved it. It played great and sounded awesome. But it is a bit awkward to play sitting down thought. If you have the green I'd definitely get it.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    58 Korina

    By Rockin' Old Man

    from Morrilton, Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I got this 58 Korina for my 10 year old son(Ricky Medlocke fan). It fits his smller hands well. The sound is good the finish is perfect. Well worth the smile on his face when he opened the box.

       
      5.0

      great guitar!

      By large boner

      from cali

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      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      i regretted selling my ibanez destroyer a few years ago, so i ordered this. when i got it i was(and still am) blown away! ive been playing 30 years, and ive never been so impressed with an axe right outta the box.If you ever wanted a ibanez destroyer this the one. the gibson i tried was cool, but to tell you truth my epi was a better guitar, didnt dig the gib mahogany..this is with out doubt the finest quality axe for the money ive ever seen(ive owned 100s of guitars)get one and you'll be a happy camper

       
      5.0

      Korina Beauty

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      This guitar plays just about the same as the Gibson,sounds really heavy and looks great.I have Strats,Les Paul,Flying V and they are all great but this less expensive beauty is just as cool to me.The pickup selector switch did start flaking out right out of the case though but you cant expect perfection at this price.Still a great deal on a beautiful axe.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Plays great!

      By Freddy-jXzod

      from Michigan

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      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I tried this out before purchase and the neck was fantastic. It plays as good as a lot of gibson's although it is definately a chunky neck. The fretwork was great, I adjusted the relief just a touch and I'm totally satisfied. The bad news is the pickups were buzzing terribly and depending on the switch location wouldn't turn off all the way. I also didn't like that the top volume knob actually controlled the bridge pickup??? Anway I simply swapped the volume knobs around, and ended up bypassing the tone control and rewiring the electronics which eliminated the buzzing and problems, I never did pinpoint what was causing the problems so I rewired everything but the switch.

       
      5.0

      Zane

      By Zane

      from springdale, AR

      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is a piece of history. The exact guitar was played by the late and great Allen Collins, the mastermind behind one of the greatest hits "FREE BIRD" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. All of you looking to master this solo have more than likely noticed he gets pretty far up the neck. And on most guitars you've only got the 22 frets. This guitar has a 24 fret neck make playing that a breeze. I also have pretty small hands and finding a guitar that fits me is hard but this guitar's neck is awesome it plays kidda like a fender mustang. And the body doesn't interfere with your playing either. So if your looking to play an axe played by one of the greats this guitar is a winner so buy it, rock out and have fun man!!

       
      5.0

      Killer tone, killer looks, and killer deal

      By Pete Rice (Thunderhorse)

      from Santa Clara, CA

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      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I did a bunch of research and had never played this guitar I made one of the best purchases of my life. My guitar came in perfect shape and was already set up and ready to go straight out the box. I played a gig with it that night same night with out breaking it in. I play in a prog-metal band and this thing deliveries. The gold hardware is rad. Buy this guitar now if your even thinking about it, its worth every penny.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Sucks

      By Mike-agdBm

      from Medford, OR

      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      Played this guitar and it just fell apart when I picked it up. I glued it back together and it sounded terrible. My Squier Strat beats it in tone, versatility, and looks!

       
      4.0

      Great Explorer!

      By Overdriver-w4FfD

      from upstate, NY

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      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I just put this guitar down to write this review!The Finish is great, this guitar looks really good. The only bad thing about it, is thateverything shows up on black, but it isn't a big problem.The neck on the guitar feels great, you can speed up and down, it reminds me of my Fender Strat. The only problems I had with my guitar, was that the rod in the neck was a little off, and the frets needed to be filed down a bit. It's probably because epiphone didn't do a great job. My casino from epiphone had teh same problem. It isn't a huge mess up, I doubt all of the Explorer are like that. Other than those and it's perfect. The P/Ups sound good if you adjust them right. The Grover tuners make the guitar stay in tune for days! I'd give it a 9/10, I'd say buy it, it's worth it!

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By guitargodhaha

      from florida

      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      i got this guitar for christmas. i think it is great.great sound,tone,and humbuckers. A+++

       
      4.0

      Eye-catching value

      By Kev-GxhZg

      from Lansing, MI

      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      I own both an Epiphone and a Gibson explorer, and I've enjoyed them both. I've had the Epiphone for about two years. The Epi is certainly a looker with the Korina wood and gold hardware, but under constant playing it has simply not held up as well as the Gibson. The electronics of the two guitars are noticably different. The sound of the Epi's covered pickups is not as "hot" as that of the Gibson's, and the Gibson sounds a bit cleaner. The tone of the Epi is more vintage, as you might expected from a reissued '58 model. I've had some slight wiring problems with the Epi that required work, but nothing that was any big deal. The Epiphone is a great value, but if you plan to keep your new guitar a long time and play it hard, it's worth it to pay for the Gibson's higher-quality construction.

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar (for most people)

      By Bluesrocker90

      from Atlanta Ga

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      Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is most exceltent if your into the right type of music. I personally play blues and rock and I love it. Most people say that it is very heavy, but I don't thinks so. Also they say that the neck fall strait to the floor when your hand comes off of it but it really doesn't. The pups on it are hot enough to do GNR and Aerosmith stuff, yet controlled enough to do soft ballads on it, but don't take my word for it, try it out and see what I mean.

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