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Gibson Limited Edition Moderne Electric Guitar with Case

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Product Description

The Moderne is perhaps the rarest and most elusive Gibson guitar ever created. Or was, until now. The Gibson Limited Edition Moderne Electric Guitar captures the look, feel and sound of the original, and puts it in the hands of players today. The Limited Edition Moderne from Gibson USA is sure to turn some heads with its unique looks and undeniable vibe, and will set you apart from the crowd.

Gibson Limited Edition Moderne Electric Guitar Features

  • Solid Mahogany body in nitrocellulose lacquer finishe
  • Mahogany neck with slim, fast neck profile
  • Granadillo fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
  • Features a pair of powerful ‘57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • Vintage-style, pearloid-button tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
The Gibson Moderne reissue is made to the precise ‘pre-space-aged-retro’ shape that made the original so eye-catchingly hip, with elements of the Flying V's look, but with an asymmetrical lower bout that makes the guitar much easier to play sitting down. Gibson USA dresses the Moderne in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer, with the gold-plated hardware that helped the Modernist series stand out in the late '50s.

Body and Neck
The body of the Gibson Moderne reissue is crafted from solid Grade A mahogany, with a solid quarter-sawn Grade A mahogany neck glued in with Gibson's acclaimed deep-set neck joint. The neck is carved to a slim, fast profile that measures .800 inch at the 1st fret and .850 inch at the 12th, and topped with a fingerboard made from exotic granadillo. The Moderne's headstock follows the rare split-top design, as also seen on the extremely scarce Explorer models from the first year of production.

Electronics
A pair of '57 Classics captures the sound of the original PAF humbuckers loaded on Gibson Modernist Series guitars of the late '50s. These popular pickups feature Alnico II magnets, vintage enamel-coated wire, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers and vintage-style, two-conductor, and braided wiring, just like the greatest humbuckers of all time.

In a variation from the majority of original PAFs, however, the '57 Classics' coils are wax potted to combat microphony and feedback squeal at high volumes so, while vintage voiced, they are suited to high-gain playing, too. All this makes the Gibson Moderne limited edition reissue an absolute tone machine!

Hardware
The timeless pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, both in gold, anchors the strings at the body end for solid sustain and precise intonation adjustment. A set of gold-plated, vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons retains the accurate look and performance of the Gibson Moderne limited edition reissue up at the headstock.

The Gibson Moderne Legend
A musical chimera, shrouded in the silvered mists of myth and legend, the Gibson Moderne has long been known as the enigmatic ‘guitar that never was’…or, was it? Designed as the third member of a trio of guitars in the new Modernist Series, prototypes of which were displayed at the 1957 NAMM show, the Moderne was originally intended to be the sibling of the Flying V and the Explorer, but never made it off the launch pad the way the other two then-futuristic classics did.

Although they are iconic symbols of rock guitar today, even the Flying V and Explorer were too far ahead of their time in the late '50s, and fewer than 200 units of both types were made in their original three-year run before deletion from the catalog in 1960. Perhaps Gibson foresaw that a third Modernist was pushing it just too far? Or did a poor early reaction to the guitar lead to its demise? Ted McCarty, president of Gibson at the time, has said a number of Modernes were made; other tales tell of prototypes and raw bodies being burned in a bonfire at Kalamazoo after early showings failed to set the guitar world alight. Whatever the real story, and perhaps it is lost forever to the mists of time, the Moderne is perhaps rarest and most elusive Gibson guitar ever created.



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Product Specifications
Gibson Limited Edition Moderne Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body:
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck:
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Profile: Slim, Fast
    • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    • Joint Angle: 5 degrees (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck Fit:
    • Joint: Mortise and Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 inch
  • Fingerboard:
    • Species: Granadillo
    • Frets: 22
    • Radius: 12 inches
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260 inches
    • Scale Length: 24.75 inches
    • Inlays: Acrylic Dot
  • Nut:
    • Material: Corian
    • Width: 1.695
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock:
    • Logo: Gold ‘Gibson’ Logo
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell with ‘Moderne’ Engraving
  • Tuners:
    • Model: Vintage with Perloid Buttons
    • Plating: Gold
    • Tuning Ratio: 14:1
  • Bridge:
    • Type: Tune-O-Matic
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Gold
  • Tailpiece:
    • Type: Stop Bar
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Gold
  • Hardware:
    • Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
    • Pickguard: 5-Ply with Black
    • Pickup Mounting Rings: Black Plastic
    • Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
    • Toggle Switch Washer: Black with Gold
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
  • Pickups:
    • Neck Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
    • Bridge Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
  • Electronics:
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 1 Tone Control
    • Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    • Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Black Plastic Tip
    • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4 inch
  • Finish:
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
    • Process: 1-1.5 mils
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Love this guitar!
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The guitar is perfect and came to me from AMS when it was 6 days old (according to the inspection tag). The fretboard is gorgeous. I was a little worried about it not being rosewood, but granadillo is a more expensive wood and looks a lot like rosewood. It was setup to play perfectly out of the box. The case is top notch as well.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
EASY TO PLAY SITTING DOWN - I actually forget I'm playing some odd shape at home. I really love this guitar. I mainly play old r&b, funk and some rock and jazz. The guitar is fantastic. It sounds like an SG but much bigger. Think of the warm SG sound with the girth of an Explorer. I don't use distortion but it sounds amazing clean. Sometimes I use a Klon Centuar and it sounds huge. I have seen a YouTube video about the strings popping out of the nut - total BS. It doesn't happen.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Awesome! Like a warm SG or LPC but with a huge sustain and tone ala an Explorer. Just gorgeous!
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Perfect. The stock pictures do not do it justice. It looks more like a Korina V. The gold hardware (normally I dislike) looks great as well. I would have liked the raised Gibson logo on it, but aside from that no complaints.
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