Submitted February 8, 2021 by Jefferson L in RGV, TX
"Does Not Fit Epiphone Exclusive Run Explorer in ODG"
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I bought this case for the Epiphone Excusive Run Explorer in Olive Drab Green. Epiphones and Gibsons need hardshell cases to protect necks and headstocks. It was a shock to find out that the guitar does not fit in this case. I tried finding information about the body measurements being different between models, but nothing of the Explorer lineup in recent years indicates that this particular model would be any different than the models the case says it will fit. It's just a frustrating situation to find oneself in.That being said, the case itself is decent in quality. Soft plush lining, spacious internal storage compartment, seemingly decent latches. It's a little on the thin side in terms of the hard shell materials. It doesn't inspire the kind of confidence I'd want to have taking it on tour, but it is perfectly suitable for light travel and storage. Just make sure you have one of the smaller-bodied models mentioned in the description and you will be good to go.Also, credit to zZounds for their customer service and ability to handle a frustrated guitar player.
I would like to have seen better neck and headstock support from Epiphone, but this is also a concern for Gibson. Gibson seems to be addressing it in some of their new cases. With neck breaking being a widely known issue with their guitars, I would like to see the manufacturers taking more active steps to ensure the safety of their customers' guitars.
The case seems to be ready to handle whatever most hobbyists and home guitarists will throw at it. A touring or traveling musician might want to invest in a touring or flight case.
If my guitar had fit, I'd be well pleased with this purchase.
The Wow Factor
There's something about having the guitar manufacturer's logo on a case that makes me feel good about lugging it around. It says the guitar inside is not some parts guitar or impostor, it's the real deal. I appreciate that extra bit of appeal.
Music Educator, Multi-instrumentalist, guitar player for 25+ years
Alternative, pop punk, emo, blues, classic rock
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