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Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar  

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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.

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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.


  • 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

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Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer


from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

I wanted one of these over this past year, but I kept waiting.
I wanted to wait until I had enough cash saved up (considering the inexpensive price).
I almost waited too long, because all of a sudden they were discontinued.

But I wound up with a "Restock", which is something that is sent back by someone.
Usually it's sent back for a small blemish in the finish, or a scratch or dent.

The one I received was not a "Scratch and Dent".
It was actually quite beautiful, except for the warped neck.

This was one of three that I bought, and they all had bad necks.
I had another "Scratch and dent" with a dead first fret, and I actually found a brand new one that wasn't much better.
The "inspector/set up person" had set the guitar up so high (to avoid buzzes), that I could see the bow in the neck at the 7th fret.

Packaging on this guitar was very poor.
I bought the hard shell case with mine, and someone actually put it in the case for shipping.
But there was no wrapping material around the guitar, and the case was put in an oversized cardboard box that had almost no packing material inside (so the case was able to shift all around), and very little tape on it.( I found the Music 123 Key Ring that was put in the box, out on my driveway where it had fallen out of the box).

This is a great guitar if you want something that looks cool to hang on the wall.
I have bought other inexpensive Epiphone's over the past several years, and there are allot of decent models available.
But I would stay away from these.Explorers. Do yourself a favor, and save for a Gibson. It's worth the difference.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar to Modify, But You Aren't Goint to Gig With it Out of the Box


from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

I will do my review here point by point:

1. The finish looks more golden in the photos, but what you actually get is more like a honey or light reddish brown. It looks ace.

2. However, the wood quality could have been slightly better. It looks bruised in places, almost all on the sides of the body, and the finish couldn't entirely conceal it. There was also a slight blemish on the top side of the lower bout. At this price point, though, the limited extent of these defects isn't that big a deal to me. This will be a YMMV for people, though.

3. The pickups are going to have to be replaced. The middle position on the three way switch is really boomy. These are by far the worst sounding pickups of my now six electrics, with the exception of my Squier and that is only because of the weak output of that guitar's pickups, causing them to sound somewhat on the lifeless side.

Judging by the reviews of this axe I read online, I knew the pickups were going to be an issue. But keep in mind that I also bought this as a project guitar. I'm going to put a Wilde L90 in the bridge and a JB in the neck for some of that Matthias Jabs mojo and I will also have the tuners changed out in favor of Gotoh's. I am going to have new electronics installed, too. There have been reports of problems with the nut and it is a plastic one, but it looks like it was well cut to me since there was no burring or buzzing and it tuned right up and stayed there. I may have it switched out, but then again, maybe not.

4. It does neck dive somewhat. Epiphone needs to relocate the top strap button to help balance things out. Again, this is a known issue. However, the body is also light, so as far as the level of burden on your back and shoulder, no problem.

5. While I don't expect the action to be like butter on pretty much any guitar (the factory action on my Gibby Flying V was a bad joke, for example) right out of the box, it was high enough on the last third of the neck that doing fast licks fluidly there was pretty much impossible. There was no string buzz at all, but if the action was more even, I might have given this a higher rating.

6. The cable the guitar came with might be fine for cheap headphones, but not a real guitar.

7. The neck pickup produced some pretty serviceable sounds. Same goes for the bridge pickup. But when you factor in how bad the rhythm sound is, the pickups gotta go.

8. The packaging was mixed. The guitar came to me safe and sound, fortunately, as the guitar box was inserted into a larger box with a big paper bag type material attempting to fill the gaps. The guitar box itself was rather flimsy, as they used three or four lengthwise strips of packing tape only to try to hold it closed. During shipment or handling, parts of the box had torn away from the tape. The guitar itself was swaddled in a combination of bubble wrap and some of that silverish white stuff. This doesn't do it for me since there was no case shipped with this guitar. So gotta definitely do better there, Epiphone.

9. Acoustically, this guitar sounds beautiful. In fact, it would be second only to my V in that regard (I also have an American Strat, an Epi LP Custom, and a Jackson Rhoads). This gives me great anticipation of how it will turn out once I have all the mods installed.

Conclusion: I had waited for quite a while hoping to get this item in good condition used from a respectable dealer, but none would seem to show up. Thus, I got it new instead. Out of the box, this is not a gigging instrument. You will have to definitely modify it. Considering that the cheapest brand new Gibson Explorer is quite a bit more, opting for this and hot rodding it is an option that everyone should consider. I will probably end up spending about the same as the guitar cost on the mods, still saving me a lot compared to the Gibby. So this makes a good project guitar, but if you want a gigging instrument on a budget out of the box, look to ESP or the Epi Les Paul Custom series.


Amazing guitar


from VA

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

When i bought this guitar i fell in love with it. the neck is super fast, and the pickups, while stock, sound good. I replaced my bridge pickup with an emg 81 and my neck with an emg 85, and i honestly can say i could live the rest of my life with this guitar. While heavy, the positives out weigh the weight. This is an amazing intermideate guitar.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Versatile and Strong... BEAST


from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

This guitar handles everything that i throw at it. It perfectly matches the tone of two eagles songs, Witchy Woman and Take it easy, an LP song and a tele song. If you play two of the following genres; Rock, Country, Blues, Hard Rock or heavy metal; you can't go wrong buying this guitar. Don't worry, it's light to sit with.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


One Heck Of a Guitar


from Arizona

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

This guitar is one of Epiphone's Best. Last year I bought a Epiphone Les Paul Custom, which is another great Epiphone guitar. But i wanted something more Heavy. I love the Explorer. It has great sound, real trusting and sustained pick-ups, and a great look! 10 out of 10

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Great Rocker


from Florida

Comments about Epiphone Korina 1958 Explorer Electric Guitar:

I have had this guitar since March of 2006. The Humbuckers give this guitar a pure Rock n Roll sound. The gold hardware makes it look much more expensive than it is. I have played mine in front of 200+ people and they dug it....The only problem is that it does'nt come w/a case. That cost it a star. The tone,resonation,action and versatility make this guitar hard to beat for the price. Epiphone produced a fine instrument...The case is a hardshell,plush lined beauty. A little on the heavy side,but you can't go w/o protection for your baby. I would reccomend this guitar to players who want something unique and want to Rock!!!!

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