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Epiphone Korina Explorer Electric Bass

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Say goodbye to boring basses forever with the sharp-angled Explorer. The pair of XR and XT humbuckers crank out a balanced, dynamic tone -- without any hum.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Korina body Very warm, lively, and balanced tonewood
Pau Ferro fretboard Delivers strong midrange presence and punch
Gold hardware Enhances beauty of hardware complement
Epiphone XR and XT humbuckers Detailed and powerful tone; hum-free performance

Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass, a modern remake of one of the most legendary instruments in rock featuring a solid Korina Body, Epiphone Bass XR and XT Humbuckers, and gold hardware.

Legendary Explorer

The Explorer profile, first released as an electric guitar in the late 50s, was one of the most radical designs of its time and today originals are some of the most expensive instruments on the vintage market. The first Explorer Bass was issued in the early 1980s but only stayed in production for three years but has since become a legend of its own among metal and hard rock players for its tremendous tone. Now, Epiphone introduces the legendary Explorer Bass to a new generation with an all Korina (also known as African Limba) body for a look and sound unlike any other instrument in the world!

Solid Korina Body

The Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass is made from solid Korina, one of the great tone woods for electric instruments. Korina was first used for by Gibson in the late 50s for the first limited run of the Flying V and Explorer. Few were made but Korina quickly drew the admiration of luthiers and guitarists for its warm tone and strong resonant properties. The new Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass is finished in Antique Natural to show off the fine and delicate grain. Korina wood is also lightweight so even though the Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass may look old-school space age radical, it's easy to hold and comfortable to play. The profile of read more the black and white pickguard is reminiscent of the first generation of rare Explorers.

The neck has a classic "1960's" SlimTaper D-Profile and a 34" scale, perfect for any playing style. The Pau Ferro fingerboard has a 12 radius, traditional pearloid "Dot" inlays, a 1.61" nut, and 22 medium jumbo frets. The Explorer headstock -- a trademark of the best rock and metal guitars--has a mid-60s style "Epiphone" script logo and Epiphone solid nickel premium die-cast machine heads with a 17:1 ratio for fast and reliable tuning.

XR and XT Humbuckers

The Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass is powered by an Epiphone Bass XR Humbucker in the neck position and a Epiphone Bass XT Humbucker in the bridge position. Both the XR and XT humbucker are carefully wound to reveal the full tonal range of the Korina body and are exceptionally powerful and detailed--the perfect pickup combination for one of the world's most desirable and nuanced tonewoods. Controls include individual volume controls for each pickup and a master tone, all with vintage-style Black "Top Hat" knobs.

Solid Epiphone Hardware

Epiphone hardware is guaranteed for the life. The Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass has a Fully-Adjustable Flush mount bridge and tailpiece combo, and an Epiphone all-metal non-rotating 1/4" jack. All hardware, including the Premium Die-cast machine heads, is gold (solid nickel), a perfect complement to the Antique Natural finish.

Lifetime Warranty

The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Korina Explorer Bass comes with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Guarantee and Gibson's world famous 24/7/365 expert Customer Service.


- Korina neck and body
- Pau Ferro fingerboard
- Epiphone Bass XR and XT Humbucking pickups
- 1960's" SlimTaper D-Profile neck
- Epiphone's Limited Lifetime warranty
- Solid Epiphone hardware
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- Body Material: Korina (African Limba)
- Neck Material: Korina (African Limba)
- Neck Profile: "1960's" SlimTaper(TM); D-Profile
- Nut: Synthetic Bone
- Neck Joint: Glued In
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 34"
- Fingerboard Material: Pau Ferro with pearloid "Dot" inlays
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Headstock: Traditional Explorer with Pearloid "Epiphone" logo
- Neck Pickup: Epiphone Bass XR Humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Bass XT Humbucker
- Controls: Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector
- Bridge Volume
- Neck Volume
- Master Tone
- Binding: None
- Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Fully-Adjustable, Flush mount
- Nut Width: 1.61"
- Hardware: Gold
- Pickguard: 3-layer; (B/W/B)
- Output Jack: Epiphone All-metal 1/4"
- Output Jack Plate: Square; Black PVC
- Machine Heads: Premium bass die-cast; 17:1 ratio
- Knobs: Black "Top Hat" knobs
- Optional: Hard Case (940-EXBCS)
- Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-4GIBSON
Web: https://www.epiphone.com/en-US/Support/Contact

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (7 ratings)
Submitted July 28, 2018 by Mark Dodson in Lewisburg, TN

"Rare find...this one is a sleeper"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I bought this on a whim because I was tired of playing “traditional” shaped Basses. I bought a thunderbird and thought I would try this one out right? Just to keep with a theme. Wow was I shocked: I had been looking at pickups to replace the stock ones and to my surprise I don’t need them. Epiphone has stepped up their game. A few minor tweaks and this thing is a beast. Way different from my t bird. This is what I was looking for. Great construction. Solid as a rock. Hardware is fantastic and gleams professionalism. Do not be scared of the name. I played many Gibsons and this bass will hold its own. The sound is warm but has quite a bite. Balanced well. I use a strap that is 3.5 inches wide and has an unfinished back. This bass rocks. Had it 1 day. zZounds rocks!

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