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2005 Epiphone '58 Explorer Korina, 100% Original w/ Gibson Case, Korea MIK


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Up for sale, a 2005 Epiphone '58 Explorer Korina in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a premium Gibson USA hardshell case. A discontinued Explorer model made in Korea at the Saein factory, this guitar features a solid korina body paired with a maple neck and slab rosewood fingerboard. A species colloquially known as "super mahogany," korina offers a resonant, detailed, and warm acoustic tone that translates well through the original humbucker pair. The Epiphone '57 Classic and Hot Classic humbucker pair are distinctly voiced for each pickup position, wound to deliver warm clean tones and rich crunch. The guitar weighs 7lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a silky smooth satin finish on the profile with a slender C-shaped carve at the nut, round shoulders in every register and notable heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the `12th. The rosewood fretboard features original medium jumbo fretwire which retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features genuine Grover mini Rotomatic tuning machines which turn smoothly and offer excellent tuning stability, showing light surface patina on the gold plating.

All of the electronics function as intended, with dedicated Volume knobs and a Master Tone control for the humbucker pair, along with a three-way pickup selector toggle. The hardware shows modest wear through the gold plating, and there is prominent pick wear across the strum path and multi-ply pickguard. Wear on the high gloss body finish is limited to a bit of light scuffing in the clear coat on the back, and some small dings and finish chips on the bass-side body point.

A black tolex Gibson USA premium hardshell case is included with white plush interior, functional latches, and a leather handle.