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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:33 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Hey Guys,

Not sure if this goes in the builder forum or this section...but here goes!

I scored an Epiphone Korina Explorer many moons ago from a police auction for 50 bucks. I was a teenager at the time and thought it was the coolest thing ever!!! Well, I got sick of the tone real quick and put EMG 81 and 85 pickups in it. This held me over for years (though I mostly play my Carvins anyways) but I really really hated the Yellow color.

So, I recently decided to butcher the guitar and try to refinish it by myself, even though I have no idea what I'm doing!! I really like the look of the natural binding Carvin does on the Cali Carved Top guitars, so I tried to emulate some of that. I also wanted an oiled neck for the nice natural feeling.

Anyways...it's far from perfect but at least it's not that Yellow color I've grown to loath. I made a bunch of mistakes and would probably not do it again, but it was fun and I like the results (mistakes and all).

Pics to follow.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:49 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Before:



Stripped and sanded:



Stain and Tung Oil Finish:



Assembled:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:24 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

That looks awesome!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:33 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Yep, that's pretty cool!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:41 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nicely done! I like it. Yeah!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry to revive this old thread, but I recently did some work on this guitar. Well, a friend of mine really did the cool art work. My Colorado Fake-Top is now a Dark Tower Tribute Explorer! Enjoy!





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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:17 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Neato!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:12 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Don't be sorry - glad you revived it!

The work you did in 2011 looked really nice in the pics. That's more to my taste than the more recent work but still it looks good.

You've gotten a lot of years out of a $50 guitar! Can't beat that!

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