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post Jan 13 2009, 08:58 AM
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Hey guys,
I might have an opportunity picking up a second hand cream white Gibson Explorer to a very nice price, It's probably 10 years old or something in that line, the exterior is in a very good condition, not dents etc but the electronics are a bit messed up - this doesn't really matter tho' as I don't really plan on playing on it!
Since I'm a huge Metallica fanboy I've always wanted one to make it look like one of Hetfields old Explorers and just hang it up on the wall!

What I would need to do step one is remove the pickguard and plug up the screw holes, not even sure this is possible to do at home while still making it look good?

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post Jan 13 2009, 09:28 AM
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How particular are you about it? Do you want it to be perfect or just good enough?

For perfect I'd sand all the paint away, put filler in the holes (there's this kind that doesn't sink in) and then sand and paint.

Good enough, put filler and leave a fraction of a mm up to the paint surface. Carefullt add paint up to level with the surface and then use the finest sandpaper to sand with and then polish.

That's how I would do it, the good enough solution. Maybe there are better approaches to it.


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post Jan 13 2009, 09:39 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jan 13 2009, 09:28 AM) *
How particular are you about it? Do you want it to be perfect or just good enough?

For perfect I'd sand all the paint away, put filler in the holes (there's this kind that doesn't sink in) and then sand and paint.

Good enough, put filler and leave a fraction of a mm up to the paint surface. Carefullt add paint up to level with the surface and then use the finest sandpaper to sand with and then polish.

That's how I would do it, the good enough solution. Maybe there are better approaches to it.


Well, I don't know really, it all comes down to how noticeable just painting the filler would be.
What would you use to polish it? I mean finding a paint that works fine is one thing but then how to you get the same sort of finish look on those spots?


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post Jan 13 2009, 01:46 PM
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QUOTE (Sigfridsson @ Jan 13 2009, 09:39 AM) *
Well, I don't know really, it all comes down to how noticeable just painting the filler would be.
What would you use to polish it? I mean finding a paint that works fine is one thing but then how to you get the same sort of finish look on those spots?

It will be hard, if not impossible to get the fixes to blend in perfectly in a "good enough" fix.

Sand the small area with ~800 wet sanding paper then finish off with a 1200 wet sanding paper on a little larger area around the hole.
Finish off with 0000 wool and wax polish.
You can polish the entire guitar with special guitar polish, gunstock polish, furniture wax polish - could be wise to find one of these so you know it won't harm the laquer. Don't use silicone based polish.

Oh, and let the paint dry for 4-5 days before you start polishin, up to a week if you want to make real sure.


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post Jan 13 2009, 01:55 PM
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haha if it's for your wall, buy an epiphone and change the headstock sticker to 'Gibson'.

No real Gibson should be left on the wall unplayed dude!
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post Jan 13 2009, 03:01 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jan 13 2009, 01:46 PM) *
It will be hard, if not impossible to get the fixes to blend in perfectly in a "good enough" fix.

Sand the small area with ~800 wet sanding paper then finish off with a 1200 wet sanding paper on a little larger area around the hole.
Finish off with 0000 wool and wax polish.
You can polish the entire guitar with special guitar polish, gunstock polish, furniture wax polish - could be wise to find one of these so you know it won't harm the laquer. Don't use silicone based polish.

Oh, and let the paint dry for 4-5 days before you start polishin, up to a week if you want to make real sure.


I'm gonna look into exactly what I can get a hold of around here, how much it would cost etc, before I actually buy the guitar.

Also I can't say I would have bothered to get an epiphone just for this sole reason, besides, it's a guy I know who wants to get rid of it so figured this might be a fun project!



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post Jan 13 2009, 03:57 PM
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didn't Hetfield play ESPs?? I'm pretty sure he did!

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ESP-Explorer-MX2-M...93%3A1|294%3A50


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He has played a little bit of both actually, he played his Gibson explorers throughout the 80s, he did however more or less completely switch over to ESP's in the 90s.

Think he started using the famous 'Eet Fuk' explorer about the time they recorded And justice for all



There might have been more but the ones I know of are the MX130II and the MX250II.
The MX stands for Metallica Explorer, 130, and 250 represents their original retail prices in Yen 130,000 Yen etc.
Last but not least you have the II which stands for 2 humbuckers.

All these guitars were however discontinued in 2000something, due to a legal clash with Gibson.

Only way you can get a hold of these nowadays is making custom shop orders for them, or second hand ofc!


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