Gibson Exclusive Run Limited Edition Moderne Electric Guitar with Case

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The Gibson USA Moderne captures the look, feel and sound of the original, and puts it in the hands of players today. Moderne, 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.

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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Gibson Exclusive Run LE Moderne Electric Guitar with Case Specifications
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Frets: Medium - Cryogenically Treated
  • Nut Material: Tektoid
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • End of Board Width: 2.26"
  • Inlays: Acrylic Dots
  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer 
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Bridge: Aluminum Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Keystone
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Control Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
  • Switch Tip: Black
  • Neck Pickup: 57 Classic
  • Bridge Pickup: 57 Classic +
  • Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones & Toggle Switch
  • Case: Included

Customer Reviews

Steve Milligan Submitted: 4/15/2019
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Always wanted one of these!!!
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This guitar caught my interest years ago, I contemplated getting a used one, but when I saw the advertisement for limited run, I had to get it, the wife got mad about ordering it. When it arrived I got a quick look, fantastic guitar, included strap and tools, beautiful case. I made slight bridge height adjustment to lower the action. BTW my wife really likes it too, can't wait to start using it onstage!
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Christopher A. Submitted: 4/7/2019
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Almost five stars
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Workmanship on this guitar is excellent, with the exception of the fret ends. They are noticeably sharp and unfinished. I'm guessing this is why is was sold as a blem, because everything else is up to Gibson quality standards. The '57 classic pickups nicely bring out the warmth of the mahogany body. Strangely, the gold plating on the pickups is a bit lighter than the bridge and tailpiece. But, the price was right, and I've purchased a fret end finishing file specifically made to remove the burrs without damaging the fretboard. Thank you AMS for bringing back the Moderne!
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Deano Submitted: 3/31/2019
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Head Turner
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I like the odd shape and my back appreciates the light weight. Mine is well made. The only flaw that I found is a small scratch by the input jack. This scratch was in the wood before the finish was applied so I don't understand why they didn't find it and fix it. One star off Gibson!
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Jeff Submitted: 3/25/2019
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Not as great as I hoped
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It was ok but the quality of the finish was not up to my standard for a Gibson. I returned guitar and bought a 40th anniversary The Paul
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djBe Submitted: 2/25/2019
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Moderne Love
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Feels like a nice Epiphone, not a Gibson. That’s my initial impression after deciding to pay triple the price for the real thing and kind of wondering why. Mine is too light, but looks nice. If the Epi had come with Gibson pickups I’d have got it, but when you add the price of swapping, and the case which is not included with the Epi, I figured get the Gibson and have the real USA deal. No flaws except I got the bridge down almost as low as it goes, not a lot of adjustment left. Fretboard was dry. Gold hardware, as always, looks cheap, like on Epi Customs. Balance is good, the 57s do not sound as warm or sustainful as on heavier LPs. Still... I’ve got one and it’s gorgeous to look at, fun to play and own. Easy payments thanks AMS, great investment - of that I have no doubt.
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Jon Anderson, Jonthebassist57@gmail.com Submitted: 1/16/2019
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Been hoping for a different finish than natural.
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I ordered on Monday night, and it was waiting for me Wednesday afternoon when I got home from work.Very securely packed, and almost in tune! Needed minor bridge adjustments, but intonation is spot on. Fit and finish are flawless. Love the aged cherry and tortoise pick guard! I had one of the early ones with the gumby headstock,and weird string trees, but this version is much more user friendly. Not to mention it holds tuning much better. Nice weight distribution as well. Sounds excellent through my 2204 50 watt Marshall, Peavey tweed Classic 50 watt 4-10 and Fender Vaporizer. Plus it just looks so cool with my Explorer in cherry, and Flying V in aged cherry. Extremely happy. AMS was quick and easy. Next up.....Firebird 1 in Frost blue....
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Bryan Myers Submitted: 12/22/2018
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Excellent playing guitar
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I love this guitar. Out of the box it required tuning, but I expect that. The action and intonation are spot on. The tone is awesome from each pickup position. The Moderne has the Les Paul sitting in the case. If you want a unique body style with classic tone, get one while you can.
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Charlie Pivonka Submitted: 10/12/2018
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Great guitar. plays very well.
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Setup on the guitar was terrible. I set it up and now it play fantastic. Volume controls are fair. No volume at all until you get the control up to about 1 1/2 or 2. Will not go into a good overdriven signal drive until between 8 to 10.
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Randy Cormany Submitted: 10/6/2018
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A pleasant surprise
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Looks stunning, plays & sounds great. Also a beautiful case.
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Dave R. Submitted: 9/27/2018
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Really good, but not great.
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I hoped when Gibson reissued the Moderne in 2012 that it would have the original "Gumby" headstock. Bummer. Well, I've made my peace with the split style headstock and American Musical's free financing sealed the deal. So, I bought one. Overall the guitar plays great, sounds good and has the retro 50s styling that originally drew me to it. The downsides are the fit and finish and bridge pickup. There are small chips in the fretboard around some of the frets. The edge of the nut is roughly finished. There is wood "fur" around the edge of the rear control cavity that was finished over. An indication of a dull router bit. These issues are unacceptable in a $750 guitar let alone a $2,000 guitar. Very disappointing. The bridge pickup is advertised as a 57 Classic PLUS. Mine has a regular 57 Classic in the bridge. Either Gibson or American screwed up. I didn't return it despite the flaws because it is light and the wood has nice figure. Gibson needs to do better.
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