Everybody knows that when the 35+ Allen Collins Explorers hit the market in 2003, they were $11,000.00 and only went up from there. We've had two in the last 14 years and both were strong performers. The rarity and coolness factors were definitely in effect and I'm sure both are tucked away in private collections, safe and sound. That said, when we first saw this guitar, its uniqueness was immediately apparent, but we still weren't quite sure what exactly we were looking at. After some slinky sleuthing, the story has been revealed and the truth has set us free.
This '58 reissue Explorer was custom- ordered in 2008 with the following requirements: The body had to have the rear selector switch cover plate and tuners just like the ones on the AC Explorers. It obviously features the more- desirable stop tailpiece and it is not relic'd. I guess one could play the guitar, but I would imagine that if you are a collector of rare and one- off Explorers, this piece would be an absolute cornerstone to your collection and whenever you and your buddies got together to compare your Korina guitars, one of them will invariably step up to claim that they have the rarest one. It's at exactly that moment when you kick the door in with a cloud of smoke behind you and basically put the smackdown on everybody in the room. Trust me- this Explorer will be the rarest one in the house, no doubt about it.
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