Anybody know the deal on the old Gibson Explorer basses? What are the differences between the original Gibson and the new Epiphone? I tried an Epi and really liked the neck, but the pickups sounded too "soft" and nasaly when soloed. IMO the center position with both pickups on was the only usable sound. Maybe the Epi's sound could be made more aggressive with a pickup replacement. My old EB-3 had a much more aggressive sound than the Epi Explorer, so I'm really wondering if I would like the Gibson better.