|Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 6:33 pm: |
I am getting an early Destroyer and was wondering if they had a model # prior to "serialization" or where they always the "Destroyer"?
|Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 6:49 pm: |
I can't find an earlier catalogue picture than 1976.
Harry, is there such a thing as a pre-serial Destroyer / Explorer copy?
|Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2007 - 2:15 pm: |
hi there, i believe there is. i had a guy beat me to a factory sunburst one. i don't think owner was able to date it for me. so it's possible.
|Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 4:34 pm: |
Yes they did make them. I own a one and have also seen about four others over the last three years. The 75 (no #) and the 76 Destroyers are made the same. The 77 and 78 versions seem to have less space between the bridge and the pickup plus the pick-guard is not as true to the original 50's Gibson Explorers like the 75 and 76's Destroyers are. Still, these are all great guitars! I saw that Sunburst Destroyer on ebay last year and was very curious to know if it was indeed a factory finish or the owner had it painted.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 - 9:15 am: |
i saw that one too. that was not the one i missed. mine was in lexington, ky. i called the guy who placed a for sale ad. he had to go on a business trip. so we met up 7 days later. he couldn't locate the guitar. when he asked his wife, she said "oh the guy came and got it" i said no i didn't. her reply was "who are you? "
on the phone he said it was sunburst. some i guess it was factory. i saw a 2617 that was factory b-sb also.
|Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 8:36 am: |
Hi. I "stumbled" on one around a year ago. Posted pics last year:-
and inside pics:-
Summary of what I heard from here is that the knobs may/may not be original (though I saw an indentical one on ebay), and it's made of many more peices that the later destroyers. Also the pots were changed.
I've had this guitar pro-set up and i love the damn thing. Not sure if just me, but it's very very toppy BUT with tone on 2 has a thick creamy lead tone that makes me shut my Gibson cases. It's going nowhere now.
Not sure if anyone noticed this but a serial number explorer just sold on ebay for $2,600. That's more than a Gibson Historic 58 reissue.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=0 01&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=1101 24250480&rd=1&rd=1
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