Gibson LE Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom Electric Guitar w/Case
With its sleek design, Mahogany back, top and neck the Gibson LE Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom Electric Guitar’s Pin Stripe finish will be sure to catch your attention. Unique to the Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom, is the toggle switch displays on the upper horn. A Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut and Grover Kidney tuners, EMG 81 + 85 combo and Rosewood fingerboard round out the guitar. The Moderne of Doom includes a hardshell case for extra protection. The Moderne 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 LE Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom Electric Guitar
- Zakk Wylde design with Maple Top and Mahogany Back
- Maple Neck with Richlite Fingerboard
- EMG 81 and 85 Active Humbickers
- Floyd Rose Tremolo with Locking Nut
- Includes Hardshell Case
From his own band Black Label Society, to tours and recordings with Ozzy Osbourne and a wide variety of solo outings and collaborations, Zakk Wylde has established himself as one of the fiercest players in rock. With a tone and visual style as unique as his incendiary chops, Zakk has wreaked his havoc on a series of Gibson guitars—from Les Pauls, to Explorers, to Flying Vs—but this new take on a near-mythological retro-modern Gibson is perhaps the best suited of all to this artist’s uncompromising individuality.
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. Or was, until now. "New" from Gibson USA, the Moderne captures the look, feel and sound of the original, and puts it in the hands of players today.
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