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I had this on the bench for a while.
One of the tuners was shot and the bridge was pretty rough, so I decided to change up a few things.

New Faber bridge and tail piece, Grover locking tuners.
Dimarzio Antiquity in the bridge and a GHS P90 in the neck.
CTS pots, SwitchCraft input and switch.
New tort pickguard, knobs and switch tip.

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Turned out well and I reassured to myself that I hate soldering. :)
 

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I've never seen an explorer with a guard like that, a cool unique touch. How do you like the antiquity?
 

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I do like the tort with the black, the guard came in from Terrapin Guitars.

I like the Antiquity, clear and present without being harsh.

A lot of the parts came in from NextGen guitars, big shout out to them. :)
 

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One of the classiest looking Explorers I have ever seen!

Black, tort, rosewood and amber
(please reconsider the switch tip...seriously)

Congratulations!

Turned out well and I reassured to myself that I hate soldering.
Why do you hate soldering?
 

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One of the classiest looking Explorers I have ever seen!

Black, tort, rosewood and amber
(please reconsider the switch tip...seriously)

Congratulations!



Why do you hate soldering?
Thanks! What tip would you recommend? I have a few of them. Not married to that one. :)
I don't solder enough to get any good at it and I'm lucky to rewire without an issue as the theory still escapes me and I'm mainly going on schematics and tutorials.
 

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That's an amber tip on there now. :)

I have a black one and a cream one, I'll try the black, easy swap.
 

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I don't see what is so bad about soldering? ;) Happy New Old Guitar Day!
 

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One of the classiest looking Explorers I have ever seen!

Black, tort, rosewood and amber
(please reconsider the switch tip...seriously)

Congratulations!

Why do you hate soldering?
Agree with that. Usually explorers are either too loud looking or too boring. That looks fantastic. Great job. Same mindset with soldering. I hate it and avoid it but I always feel better when I do it and it's a success
 

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Congrats on the guitar. I have often considered getting an Explorer, but then have second thoughts. This one is sweet, and unique.

Same mindset with soldering. I hate it and avoid it but I always feel better when I do it and it's a success
I have no idea what that feels like! I've had 0.0% success (that I can remember) when I've soldered anything!
 

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I studied the schematic for this one quite a bit before going at it.
I still bungled up the three way switch, I didn't add the hot wire to both lugs and the neck wasn't working initially.
But, I realized and found the problem and didn't cook any pots, which was a good thing in my books. :)

It was satisfying when everything did work though.
 

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Explorers have a great tone to them - they sound so huge due to that great honking slab of wood. Hope you enjoy it and create some great music with that piece of armament.
 
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