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  • Explorer versus Explorer Pro

    Gibson Explorer versus Explorer Pro.
    Any difference in sound? Which sounds better?
    I like dark metal sounds, rock and blues.
    Will team with Line 6 Spider Valve or Mesa F-Series or Express Combo.
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    I don't like the looks. Less wood, lighter feel, and not quite as thick tone on the Pro. Maple top, as well.
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    • #3
      Not all the pros have maple tops.



      Love my pro mahogany.
      Tones plenty thick for me.
      If you need thicker, swap the 500T bridge pickup for something else. JB maybe.

      The pro is only slightly smaller than the regular.
      90% of the size or something.

      Balances well.
      I like the bound neck and body.
      Great action.
      Neck is a nice D shape. '60s profile thin. Great for shred.

      I prefer the Pros.
      Feel less bulky to me than the regular Explorers.
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      • #4
        Gibson Explorer versus Explorer Pro.
        Any difference in sound? Which sounds better?
        I like dark metal sounds, rock and blues.
        Will team with Line 6 Spider Valve or Mesa F-Series or Express Combo.




        (imo) Both could handle those kinds of tones.

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        • #5
          Not all the pros have maple tops.



          Love my pro mahogany.
          Tones plenty thick for me.
          If you need thicker, swap the 500T bridge pickup for something else. JB maybe.

          The pro is only slightly smaller than the regular.
          90% of the size or something.

          Balances well.
          I like the bound neck and body.
          Great action.
          Neck is a nice D shape. '60s profile thin. Great for shred.

          I prefer the Pros.
          Feel less bulky to me than the regular Explorers.



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          • #6
            explorer pros are smaller and less wood, I'm not sure if theres that big of a difference but I personally would just stick with the classic
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            • #7
              Thanks Tucker D.
              That is week #13.

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              • #8
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                • #9
                  I didn't realize that within the Pro model there was variation in wood/construction used. I am not up to speed on guitar construction so please excuse my ignorance. I take it you can get Pros with a totally mahogany body (better) OR with a "maple top" (not as good). If the "top" is maple what is the "bottom" of the body made from?

                  I have heard the term "maple top" used before and don't really know what it means or its significance. I think I have read that expensive LPs had maple tops and therefore thought this was a good thing. I am obviously in need of education.

                  It seems the regular explorer has an all mahogany body.

                  It seems there are two "Explorer Pros"
                  MF- Pro+Mahogany+Maple (Korina back?? see user comment)- http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Pro-Flame-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=512795

                  MF- Pro+Mahogany - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Pro-Mahogany-Electric-Guitar?sku=514153

                  MF - regular Explorer (all mahogany I think)http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Electric-Guitar?sku=517320
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                  • #10
                    I didn't realize that within the Pro model there was variation in wood/construction used. I am not up to speed on guitar construction so please excuse my ignorance. I take it you can get Pros with a totally mahogany body (better) OR with a "maple top" (not as good). If the "top" is maple what is the "bottom" of the body made from?

                    I have heard the term "maple top" used before and don't really know what it means or its significance. I think I have read that expensive LPs had maple tops and therefore thought this was a good thing. I am obviously in need of education.

                    It seems the regular explorer has an all mahogany body.

                    It seems there are two "Explorer Pros"
                    MF- Pro+Mahogany+Maple (Korina back?? see user comment)- http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Pro-Flame-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=512795

                    MF- Pro+Mahogany - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Pro-Mahogany-Electric-Guitar?sku=514153

                    MF - regular Explorer (all mahogany I think)http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Explorer-Electric-Guitar?sku=517320




                    The Pro's with the maple tops have a mahogany back. None of them are better or worse, just have dif' flavors so to speak. You really cant go wrong with any of them.


                    Your first step might be to decide if you want a full size "standard" model or a smaller "Pro" version.

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                    • #11
                      Close to taking the plunge on an Explorer here. Just something about the sound that pushed me to the Explorer over the LP Studio. Surprisingly it was the cleans on the Explorer that I liked better. Both the Explorer and the LP Studio sounded good distorted. Love the bound neck on the Explorer Pro for playing comfort. The tone on the two Explorer flavours seems comparable. Maybe the standard '76 Explorer would have better tone with the larger mass? Both feel comfortable sitting or standing. Do I stick with tradition and a bigger slab of wood or go with the slick bound neck on the pro? I will let you know when I make up my mind. Either way I will have a nice guitar very soon.
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                      • #12
                        I prefer the original body based solely on looks.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah I know what you mean, the Pro may look a little "toy like"
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                          • #14
                            I'd take an original body explorer over the Pro. I love my 84 and the Pro's just look goofy to me. I just don't see any glaring +'s that would make me choose the Pro.
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                            • #15
                              Yeah thanks. The binding on the neck is the only real plus I can think of, it felt good.

                              While I'm here is there anything in particular I should look at before buying? Maybe there is a thread that has say 10 things you should check out before buying a guitar. I will play every note and listen for buzz and also listen to the harmonics I guess. Some say there can be big differences between examples of the same Gibson. Jeez, they all sound good to me. My ear is not experienced enough I guess.
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