EPIPHONE 1984 EXPLORER EX ELECTRIC GUITAR
The Gibson Explorer was ahead of its time when it was released in the 50s, and still seemed like a bit a quirky anachronism in the 70s. But in the 80s it found itself at the centre of a revolution in guitar; thrash. This highly technical, highly aggressive new form of music required a guitar that could have plenty of punch, was playable, and looked badass. Certain players took the Explorer and popped a set of EMG pickups in it, and went on to create history. We’ll leave it to you to figure out who we’re talking about… Anyway, the 1984 Explorer EX pays tribute to the meeting of Explorer and EMG that helped to define the future of heavy music.
FUJIGEN (FGN) J-STANDARD ODYSSEY JOS-FM-R
Japanese plant Fujigen has been building guitars for some of the biggest names in the business for decades, but the company has branched out into making their own instruments too. FGN guitars have been available in Japan for quite a while, but they’re a relatively recent entrant on the Australian scene. The J-Standard Odyssey JOS-FM-R is a great place to start because it has a bit of the traditional and a bit of the modern.