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Do Explorer basses balance well? (ARIA ZZB estimate?)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by iplaybasstexas, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    and does the upper, back point get in the way of thrashing/jamming/headbanging?

  2. I'll take a shot at this since my Dean Z Explorer is my main bass. It balances pretty well, if you let it go it will slide down to about 9 0'clock, so I dont consider that bad. My Spector Rebop would go straight to the ground when let go, the Explorer is much better.

    Ive played alot of the standard style basses and I think my Explorer is the most comfortable of the bunch. No horns to get in your way and the rear horn seems to be a great place to rest your arm. I think, because everythings out of the way, it makes a great stage bass. I play thrash so Im movin around too. Shape wise, I think its great. It would be nice if a company made one that was a little nicer quality and finding a case for it only took my three years........but the shape I like.

    Of course theres porn

  3. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    My Gibson Explorer balances perfectly. It stays it the angle I set it to and doesn't move from there. I like a pretty steep angle, but I have experimented with different ones and it always stays where I put it.

    My Alembic Exploiter balances the same way. It has an Explorer sort of body style.

    The Gibson came with a case, a case for the Alembic was $600 several years ago so I adapted an 88 key keyboard case to use with it.
  4. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Never seen John Entwisle have balance problems :D
  5. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    that comment just made me want to buy one more.
  6. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    They are one of the sexiest shapes!
  7. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    What's an "Expoler", is that like a "Robster craw"?;)
  8. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    I have a old Ibanez Destroyer and it isn't the best in terms of balance but that has a LOT to do with it has a very light basswood body and big old school tuners. But also the thing is so light it isn't really a issue. and as for thrashing/jamming/headbanging just look out for walls, amps and things, if you look at most old Explorer shaped bass/guitars you will notice almost every one has had that back fin whacked good at least once.
  9. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    so if someone was selling an Aria Pro ii ZZB Deluxe that is in used condition( you know,stratches that all 20-30 basses would have) with the original case,

    what would you offer?

    the only thing wrong with the bass is a "hairline" crack from the E tuner to the right of the headstock:

    what would you offer them vs. what it is worth?
  10. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    i need to know what i should offer! :/
  11. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    Is it a finish crack or a crack in the wood itself? If it's a finish crack I wouldn't sweat it, but if it's in the wood...well, I'd think twice if I wasn't handy with wood/glue/epoxy...

    As far as price goes I really wouldn't have a good idea, but I wouldn't drop more than I could afford on it...maybe 2 bills...
  12. +1.... see how the crack is..... ;-/ big crack....run -or at least see if it cab be fixed easy (thru wood) Li'l crack...play! ;-)
  13. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    i believe its a finish crack...we'll see when i get it.

    i just hope my drop-tuning won't affect it :/
  14. Balance? Depends on how you hold the bass and what angle you expect the neck to stay. If anything, I'd guess something with the headstock hitting the ground might have cracked it.
  15. I'd go for $200 tops. They're not sought after vintage rarieties even though they might be old - they're just old basses that the average person finds ugly and "dated" looking. Offer $175 but be willing to go a little higher? Corse, if he wants a lot for it, he pobably won't go that low, but IMO they're not worth much. Not sayin theyr\'re bad basses, jsut not collectible.
  16. pyrohaz


    Apr 28, 2009
    Cheshire, UK
    How much would you charge shipping to UK....
  17. I imagine that that Aria would feel/balance something like my Hamer Blitz and that's easily my most comfortable bass. I could wear that thing all day long, wouldn't budge an inch. The neck and headstock stick out quite a ways...kinda feels like having a pike strapped to your gut. Makes you feel metal as hell, but you have to develop an awareness of how much it sticks out.

  18. Hell,he never moved!!!

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