We are restoring my 1981 gibson explorer E2. This is the guitar that I spent my highschool and college years learning on and playing. I have loads of memories with this guitar...I spent hours each day practicing and countless highschool parties were rocked with it..haha. I won battle of the bands freshman year in highschool, played the galaxy in somerdale nj and opened for Cinderella while bon jovi was watching my jr year of highschool. Had girls cuffed to it, recorded with it, lugged it all over boston, played the berklee performance center with it...it was my only guitar at the time and was such a huge part of my young life. It's pretty wild when I think about our history together...anyway, I fucked it up in the early 90s when I painted it white. It was originally clear natural wood. Then I started to make money and bought other guitars and put this one away for 20 years. So here it is at the beginning of the project on Saturday : Today after some stripping and sanding. My son mocked it up. We are going to clear it with nitro laquer back to its natural wood color.