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Piezo Explorer?

Piezo Explorer?
« on: September 09, 2008, 11:40:13 PM »

Anybody ever heard of the existence of such a thing?  Looks great to me---I wonder how it sounds?

Dave W

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Piezo Explorer?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2008, 12:08:16 AM »
Uwe has one in a solid red finish.

Piezo Explorer?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2008, 03:04:05 AM »
Hopefully he comes in soon and tells me about it physical and sonorous qualities.  I wonder how loud it can get, its frequency range, ease of playing, etc.  It looks like an interesting guitar.  I wonder how many were made?

Piezo Explorer?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2008, 03:57:29 PM »
"Hopefully he comes in soon and tells me about it physical and sonorous qualities."


"I wonder how loud it can get ..."

It's active and quite loud, much louder than a reg pup Explorer. Volume can be adjusted also in the control department, both string to string and overall.

"its frequency range ..."

You probably know these skimpy and sterile sounding Ibanez and EBMM Stingrays with piezos. Think nothing of the sort here. This bass has ooomph, mids and presence galore, it roars, the only tell-tale piezo effect you have is that the sound jumps at you a bit too much, i.e. its almost 3D quality.

"ease of playing"

It's a medium scale Explorer like any other of the period. Given the piezo picking up the signal at the bridge you shouldn't play too hard in very close proximity of that or the bass will sound brittle and even cut out. E string is more "there" than on the Grabber pupped siblings.

"It looks like an interesting guitar. I wonder how many were made?"

They were called Shadow Explorers after the name of the piezo component provided by a German supplier. From how often you see them, I'd say not more than 50 to a 100 were produced. This one is overpriced though by a stretch unless you want it for that ultrarare black-on-white (rather than white-on-black) stripey fin.


Piezo Explorer?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008, 01:58:03 AM »
Once again---the Thunderbird comes through!

Thanks a bunch---I figured the $1500 was too steep.  If it were $900, I might be interested---but definitely want to try one out after your description.  I play pluck the strings close to the end of the fretboard, so playing seems no problem for me.

Explorer Shadow..........
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 09:50:54 PM »
yes that is the official Gibson name.  Only produced in '85 and '86 and not too many made.    

I have a Ferrari Red one ('86) to go with my Alpine White standard '84 Explorer.  The piezo bridge/pickup is not a very robust design and it makes changing strings a delicate process.    

The one I snagged 2 years ago I purchased on Bay for $550 - sans case.


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