Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX - Ebony

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Active EMG Humbucking Pickups - Ebony
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The Big Brother of Metal Guitars

Stripped down and loaded for bear, Epiphone's 1984 Explorer EX solidbody electric guitar gives your the sound and feel any hard-rocking, metal-shredding 6-string slinger can appreciate. Like a well-oiled machine, everything about the 1984 Explorer EX is built for performance. Just one look at its streamlined, pickguard-free mahogany body is enough to tell you that this axe means business. Plug it in, and the sound of its active EMG humbuckers is enough to make you want to crank it to 11 and kiss the world goodbye. Sweetwater's got the axe you want - order your Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX electric guitar today!

Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Kick up the heat with a pair of active EMG humbuckers
  • Solid mahogany body delivers lightweight feel and heavyweight tone
  • Heavy-duty hardware provides epic stability and performance
Kick up the heat with a pair of active EMG humbuckers

When the first Explorer rolled off the factory floor back in 1958, no one ever imagined sticking a pair of red-hot active humbuckers in one (heck, they hadn't even been invented yet). Loaded with a pair of EMG active humbuckers, this 1984 Explorer EX delivers the hard-hitting tone that practically defined modern metal. Back at the bridge, an EMG-81 ceramic humbucker gives you the high-output punch you need for hard riffing and driving rhythms. The Alnico-based EMG-85 at the neck, on the other hand, lays on liquid-lava lead tone with the kind of sustain you need to drive home distortion - even through extended passages. Put them together, and there's no stopping the kind of tone you'll get from your 1984 Explorer EX.

Solid mahogany body delivers lightweight feel and heavyweight tone

When it comes to solid-rock tone, nothing beats the naturally warm and harmonically rich sound of the 1984 Explorer EX's slim mahogany body. But one of the things many people don't know about the Explorer body style in general is how comfortable it is to play. That's because it's balanced extraordinarily well. In other words, once you start rocking out with your Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX guitar, you'll neither want to nor have to put it down again for hours.

Heavy-duty hardware provides epic stability and performance

In addition to its solid mahogany body and hand-fitted mahogany neck, the 1984 Explorer EX gets a ton of stability from the choice hardware Epiphone gave it. On one end, you've got a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and StopBar tailpiece - a combo designed to give the 1984 Explorer EX incredible response and sustain. Shoot up to the neck and you'll discover a set of Grover tuners, which make tuning fast and stable. All together, you'll have a hard time finding an axe that gives you the same kind of performance as the 1984 Explorer EX for the money.

Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A new take on a classic guitar style designed to give you the solid metal tone you crave
  • Stripped down and simple setup that's focused on performance and tone
  • Slim and comfortable mahogany body feels great and provides a basis for hard-hitting tone
  • Active EMG humbuckers provide the instantly recognizable sound of modern metal
  • Hand-fitted mahogany neck gives you the fast action ad vital response you need
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece give you freakishly stable action
  • Grover tuners make tuning fast, accurate, and solid
  • Epiphone exclusive non-rotating output jack lasts for life
Rock out like you're starting a revolution with your Epiphone 1984 Explorer EX solidbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Explorer
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Urethane
Color Ebony
Neck Material Mahogany, set
Neck Shape SlimTaper D
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.68"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone Tune-o-Matic/StopBar
Tuners Grover with small metal buttons
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup EMG EMG-85 active humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG EMG-81 active humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way pickup toggle
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number EX84EBBH3

Customer Reviews

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The King of Budget Explorers

When I bought this guitar a few years back in about 2012 or 2013, I did have a handful of doubt on this guitar. I have seen reviews on Ultimate guitar and not all of them were excellent, I love how it did have that 80's, 90's James Hetfield feel and with EMG's? For $ this a guitar worth taking a look at online or trying at your local music store. Now my explorer is lightly modded, I turned The EMG 85(neck) into an EMG 60 because of that more "Metallica sound". I added black grover locking tuners from Stratosphere. Originally, the guitar needed a bit of a setup, the action was a bit high on both pickups and the truss rod needed some adjusting. Even with the minor setbacks the guitar played with sheer brutality and I LOVE it. So far I have had this as a 4th guitar, first being a Ibanez GC1CE, then a Squier Classic vibe 60's stratocaster in a 3 tone sunburst, then a Charvel san dimas style 1, The Epiphone Explorer and my newest guitar I bought from a friend of mine an ESP EC 1000s the black one with seymour duncans, I am not a fan of active pickups anymore so yeah...
Music background: Thrash Metal, Speed Metal and Hair Metal(Glam Rock)

Very nice

The best part of this guitar is easily the sound, it's going to get you where you want to get if you're buying a guitar like this my only issue where there were a few screws not completely seated on the tuning keys. This thing plays like a PRS absolutely smooth required very little set up. Having access to so many more frets is nice.
Music background: Metal HR blues
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Epiphone, Epiphone Solidbody Guitars