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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)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

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

        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...Read complete review

        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.

        VS

        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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        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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Guitar -- esp. for the price

          By Crunchy Dynamite

          from Raleigh, North Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          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!!!

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          5.0

          Value That Shreds

          By RedWineKline

          from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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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..

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Geat guitar for the money

            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.

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            (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

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (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!!!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 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.

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            5.0

            Man what a great guitar

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

            I onwed one of these beasts for a little while, their great guitars. The only reason I got rid of mine was because I pull back on the neck to much and kept getting string buzz because of it. It didn't seem to be as strong as the mahogany neck on my LP. another fault was the pickups were a bit week, but all and all I highly recommend this guitar. You won't regret it, and the Korina is breath-taking. One of my favorite aspects of the guitar is the wing that stick up behind your right arm, It was my chillin round the house guitar. Just kick back on the couch and it was somewhat like an acoustic where you just rest your arm on the top.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Plays great!

            By Freddy-jXzod

            from Michigan

            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.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            korina=light.....explorer=AWESOME!!!!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

            i traded a old epiphone les paul 100 for this guitar AND A CASE!!!! sounds ike a good deal right but there are some flaws ok when i bought this guitar i had short time becuz of a busy schedule and only was able to play this guitar for 2 minutes and one thing i forgot to do was check the pickup selections and as it turns out the neck pickup is shot to death im talking THIS SUCKER IS DEAD!!!! but anyways it was made in korea in 98' and i reely love this guitar the action is pretty low so tapping is a breeze. the guitar needs a new nut and has to be setup cuz of a little fret buzz but to any one wanting this guitar BUY IT!!!

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