Originally Posted by pghjeeper
She would eliminate the IV because it's worn and get the epi because it's the cheapest and blingiest of the bunch
And as a result, would be making the right decision.
If you want an Explorer, get a nice model, not a cheap Epiphone. Gibson Explorers can be had used for well under $1grand. For slightly less than that, you can find a great Hamer Blitz. For a good deal less than that, you can have an Aria ZZB, which is far better than any new $300 Epiphone.
The Gibson IV is dated and ugly. A good example of a vintage bass that is not cool or desirable.
The EB-13 is the way to go.