The stingers are a real surprise. I just went back and watched the Leon Russell Homewood Session video in the Don Preston's Sick Explorer thread and and the stingers are clearly visible starting at around the 12:25 mark.Amazing Explorer thanks for sharing! Besides the neck tenon “stingers” I also noticed the pickguard seemed to be cut higher from the bridge pickup, exposing some wood, than other 1958 Explorers I’ve seen pictured. Unless that may have been shrinkage, but I’m not sure. I’m not the most knowledgeable about Explorers so maybe someone here may have a better answer or has seen something like this before..?
Also the neck pickup doesn’t look “centered” with the fretboard. For reference look at picture 6.