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Gibson Limited Edition Moderne Electric Guitar, with Case

The Gibson Moderne uses excellent tonewoods and electronics to recreate the late-'50s Gibson classic that never was. (1) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
'57 Classic humbucking pickup Vintage PAF feel; warmth, depth and distinct edge
Slim profile neck Comfortable design; easier chording at lower frets
Granadillo fretboard Distinct "bell-like" tone, similar to rosewood

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.

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.

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

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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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Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great guitar, and a steal at 1299"
Sound: This guitar is very responsive to the touch. The sound is very good, and the sustain is comparable to my Les Paul. Feature: The overall quality is excellent, as expected from Gibson. Value: At $1299, the Ebony is a great deal. I guess people have strong reactions one way or the other to its looks. I like it, and if other people don't and that prompted zZounds & Gibson to lower prices, I think that's fantastic. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to contact Gibson about this product. The Wow Factor: I like the looks. You won't see many of these around, which is cool. Overall: I bought the Ebony, both for its lower price and simply because I prefer it to the other finish. This is a very fast-playing guitar, due to the very slim neck. This also improves your effective reach. That's a big deal for me. The Moderne requires only a very light touch, and is faster in this respect that either my Les Paul Flood or my Firebird X. This guitar itself is very light, especially compared to the Les Paul.
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