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I want to get an Explorer style bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by redhawk, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. redhawk


    Oct 8, 2005
    Where is the best place to get one? And, what are some brands that make them? I really am looking for a white one, and I would like to play one before I buy, but I dont' think any music stores anywhere near me carry them. Any information is appreciated.
  2. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I don't know of any Explorer style basses still in production. There used to be one from Ibanez and the ever famous Hammer, but neither is still made. Your best bet would be watching EBay, local stores and classified sections looking for a used one. If you want new you would probably have to build a Warmoth or other parts bin bass, or go custom shop.
  3. BassGyver


    Jun 29, 2004
  4. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Warwick's Cruiser is probably the closest, but not cheap. Alembic's Spyder.... Dean probably makes a Z bass still, but if not the older Dean Z basses rocked.

    Warwick's Buzzard, Spector's Rex, Ibanez's Iceman, and of course the classic T-bird are all Explorer-"ish"...

    And, Epiphone was still making Explorer basses as redcently as a couple years ago I think.
  5. hasadari

    hasadari Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Alembic will make the Explorer-style "Exploter" as a special order. They are often available used either on the Alembic website under "Alembic Club" or on eBay. Awesomely built instruments.
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  7. Well, you're a sick twisted individual who needs some kind of drastic therapy. :D

    Just kidding. Dean still manufactures the Z bass. and from the looks of it, are still doing a damn fine job of it. here's the link to the Z Tour:


    They also have a more budged oriented model with a basswood body and a PJ pickup configuration, for those who like passive pups, or style on the cheap. Your call.

    Personally, I'd think about the Dean Cadillac too, but that's just me.
  8. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If this bass is as good as my Dean Edge was (it is, I'm sure) then it's a hell of a good bass. I'd go there if I were looking for an Explorer style bass.
  9. L-1329


    Aug 8, 2004
    This man is wise. ;)
  10. Eisenmann


    May 12, 2004
    played the epiphone explorer bass a month or 2 ago.
    that thing was really cool. ok, it was not like w00t-totally-kickas*, but pretty nice for the money.
    solid rock-tone.the build quality seemed to be ok.action and handling was good, too.

    i suggest you check out the natural finish.über-sweet :)