2017 Echopark 58 Explorer Korina
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2017 like new near mint 7.5lb echopark explorer. only 1 of 3 natural explorers made. the other one is here. the 3rd prob in japan where the smartest collectors in the world reside. i don't have to go out on a limb to call this the best playing guitar i've ever played. plays better than the original '58 i've played. perfect frets, radius, angles, etc.
this was the explorer gabe took to gibson when he got the licensing deal. this guitar is next level playability, feel and the tone comes along with that naturally. this is a ridiculously good playing guitar, which has the period correct big neck. it's an extremely tasteful neck. doesn't not get any better.
this one is 100% to spec from a real '58, with the exception of the long neck tenon, which is superior to a gibson 58. this guitar has always had a vintage 57 PAF in the neck, and a vintage 59 in the bridge. but i've decided to keep those, and the original amos pickups will be installed, hence the price reduction. the amos pickups are the copy of the joe bitchface flying v pickups, from his arthur's music flying v. these are extremely rare pickups, only a few sets were made by arcane. they are stamped AMOS.
really nice thick slab brazilian fretboard, as good as it gets.
this guitar has the real, dead on accurate proper full size 58 neck that you'd find on a real one, which is now a million dollar guitar. the wood very old, maybe revolutionary war era africa, and is far superior to anything offered by gibson at any price. infinitely superior to the $30-50K custom shop guitars they sell. not even a fair comparison, not for a second. i will bet my life on that statement. this guitar has an authentic look to it. it's faded and looks old. doesn't have that bright ugly modern yellow look that the gibsons have. very few instruments on the planet will play like this guitar. it redefines what's possible. it plays, looks and feels like the real thing. it's simply astonishing to a seasoned guitar player with good ears. the best of the best. no more wood, discontinued, no more will be made, as gabe said all the korina is "long gone". the last being bought up by japan, where they sell for very high prices. the newer korina echoparks will be made with inferior korina, as i've experienced first hand (boat anchors), mahogany, etc, as this special run was indeed very limited. these guitars are made from giant slabs of old growth, air dried white limba. absolutely no kilns. this is essentially the rarest and most unobtanium wood on earth, and the most desirable for good reason - it's magic and like nothing else. you can hear a good example of what this magic is on guns n roses "knockin on heaven's door" guitar solos. the best slash has ever sounded. great example of the superior white limba wood.
the original set of echopark arcane "AMOS" PAF's are a direct copy from a 58 flying V and extremely rare, and never to be produced again. they are stamped AMOS and have arcane/echopark serials and stamps. one of the reasons joe bonamassa got mad is that other people received their guitar before he did. this was intentional. it's really quite petty. that guy has never, ever, not for a second sounded as good as he did at royal albert hall playing his echopark. and i'm sure by now you've seen his emails to gabe where he calls his flying V "insanely good" and says that's he's "floored". joe sought out to cause harm to broke ass mom & pop echopark, and boy he sure did. people will believe anything they read, that's for sure.
please email with any questions. the epitome of a world class musical instrument. inspiring, checks all the boxes.
most importantly, the guitar is flawless in every way.
guitar will be reinforced by an veteran expert shipper and overpacked using heavy duty pink panther siding material. korina is sensitive and we know how to pack properly. i can't stress this enough, as i've been on the received end of broken korina, even after explaining proper methods. it's imperative that the guitar is secured inside the case using the correct method. i have received a korina echopark flying v broken in half, because the doctor shipping it simply did not listen to common sense and experience. well, he made the mistake of trusting a fedex store. ouch. no one is more unqualified to pack sensitive items than franchise shipping stores. these people have no brains.
international buyers will have to deal with any paperwork, permits or fees for old brazilian. many echoparks with brazilian have made it overseas just fine. any extra costs will be responsibility of the buyer, and buyer will have to wait necessary wait times. includes original case & coa included.
this is thee guitar. the best of the best. i'll take this all day long over the other two here. this is the one. this is the one that plays itself and feels like a real 1958 explorer.