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    Hey does anyone know if the Epiphone Korina Guitars are solid Korina or just vaneer? What is vaneer? is it like korina? will it have the same tonal qualities and lightness of Korina? thanks
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    Default Re: Epiphone Korina Flying V & Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGuru88
    Hey does anyone know if the Epiphone Korina Guitars are solid Korina or just vaneer? What is vaneer? is it like korina? will it have the same tonal qualities and lightness of Korina? thanks

    Korina is Gibsons trade name for a finish, the wood is called limba, and no the Epiphone's are NOT solid limba...do a search on the forum, this has been talked about several times
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    Default Re: Epiphone Korina Flying V & Explorer

    Are you asking what a veneer is? This may answer your questions:

    ve·neer Pronunciation Key (v-nîr) n.
    1. A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material.
    2. Any of the thin layers glued together to make plywood.
    3. A decorative facing, as of brick.
    4. A deceptive, superficial show; a façade
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    Default Re: Epiphone Korina Flying V & Explorer

    Quote Originally Posted by nahfuten
    Are you asking what a veneer is? This may answer your questions:

    ve·neer Pronunciation Key (v-nîr) n.
    1. A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material.
    2. Any of the thin layers glued together to make plywood.
    3. A decorative facing, as of brick.
    4. A deceptive, superficial show; a façade

    Exactly. A veneer, when talking about guitars, is just a thin piece of wood (often 1/16" or 1/8") glued down over the surface of another wood for a more pleasing visual effect.

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    Default Re: Epiphone Korina Flying V & Explorer

    Maybe this will answer your question.





    Epiphone 58 "Korina" Explorer with the finish stripped and sanded off and the veneer removed, all at much labour by yours truly.

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    Default Re: Epiphone Korina Flying V & Explorer

    Here's the same picture editted so that the grain is easier to see.


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    Here's the guitar with a new finish sans veneer.





    I need to take new pictures some time. The guitar is no longer in my posession, the guitarist in my band bought it from me for time and materials the first time he played it. We both love the guitar, especially with the finish stripped down to the sealer on the neck. The tuners are functional, and the stock neck pickup is nice though not as complex sounding as I would like. It's very warm and full and mellow, which can translate as muddy. The bridge pickup just didn't work through my amp. It was really boomy; Whenever I tried playing power chords, I just got this huge wave of bass in my face. I replaced it with a superdistortion and the problem went away entirely.

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    Oh, as far as the wood grain goes, it has very evident growth rings but is also speckled. Compare it to a limba guitar like this:



    Or a mahogany guitar like this:



    It's speckled, but it doesn't look like limba to me. It looks like mahogany, except for the growth rings. Lower quality mahogany does have those rings though, but at first I thought it was alder. The speckles decide that it's mahogany, but compare it to an ash or alder guitar like one of these:









    Ash has the rings and is speckled, but it doesn't sound like ash and I don't think epiphone uses ash in their guitars. Alder doesn't have the speckles, at least not from what I've seen. Maple is again, too plain looking and too bright to be what's in the guitar. The neck is maple, btw, which is why I was able to get away with such a thin finish on it. My conclusion is that either I don't know alder when I see it, or that the body is made from low-grade mahogany.

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