When it was released back in the late '50s as an electric guitar, the Explorer body shape was way ahead of its time. When it was first issued as a bass in the early 1980s, it wasn't around for long, but established itself as one of the most sought after models in production history thanks to its mighty tone. Thanks to the team at Epiphone, the new Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass in Antique Natural resurrects that hallowed model for today's bassists to enjoy.
A legend reborn
The Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass is built using Korina, a tonewood that is revered by many thanks to its generous warmth and resonant properties. Delivering a weighty midrange energy, Korina is perfect as the tonewood of choice for the Explorer bass, matching its unique aesthetic with an enviable tonal palette. Not only that, but it is a delightfully lightweight wood, so throwing yourself about on stage and rocking out feels natural. The antique natural finish sets off the Korina's delicate grain perfectly.
Fast playing neck
The neck has also been constructed using Korina, and is shaped to the classic "1960's" SlimTaper D profile to give it a reassuringly generous feel in the hand. Married to the neck is a divine rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 22 medium-jumbo frets with pearloid dot position inlays to guide your way in style. Thanks to the 12-inch fingerboard radius, smooth string bends can be executed deftly. At the top of the neck you'll find the trademark “Explorer” headstock bearing a classic 60s-era "Epiphone" script logo. This rests in between nickel premium die-cast tuners that boast a substantial 17:1 tuning ratio for steadfast tuning.
The Korina Explorer is home to a powerful pair of pickups with an Epiphone Bass XR in the neck and an Epiphone Bass XT in the bridge. These humbuckers are carefully wound to ensure that the wide ranging tonal palette of the Korina is given the justice it deserves, illuminating its nuanced and luxurious character. Control comes in the form of vintage-style Black “Top Hat” knobs for independent pickup volume control alongside a master tone pot.
To tie everything together, the Epiphone Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass comes with gig-ready hardware that keeps you rocking no matter what. The body is fitted with a fully-adjustable flush mount bridge and tailpiece partnership, which work together to create a seamless connection between strings and body. The result is immaculate intonation and a level of sustain that is the stuff dreams are made of. All hardware is finished in gold to complement the cool antique natural finish.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model Limited Edition Korina Explorer Bass Body Material Korina (African Limba) Neck Material Korina (African Limba) Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile 1960's SlimTaper; D profile No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Pearloid Dot Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone Tune-o-matic/String-Thru Body Classic "V" Metal Plate Active/Passive Passive Tuners Premium Bass Die-Cast, 17:1 Ratio Pickups Neck: Epiphone Bass XR Humbucker
Bridge: Epiphone Bass XT Humbucker
Controls Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector
Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup Finish Antique Natural
- Customer Reviews
- At long last...I have an Explorer!
The first thing I noticed about this guitar is how light it is. My other bass is a Hofner Violin and there really isn't a great deal between them, pounds and ounces wise. The 34 inch scale is made to look even longer by the banana headstock which doesn't look like it would stand up to many bangs, so be careful with your axe, Eugene.
Sitting down it's very comfortable to play, and it arrived nicely set up either by somebody at Dawson or a nice factory worker.
The only thing I'm not to keen on is the glossy neck, but I'm sure that will rub in over time.
Buy one if you can find one. Well worth the money.
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