The "Prototype" Gibson Moderne...What's everyone's take?

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  1. tommychains

    tommychains That Guy

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    I always wondered if this guitar ever did exist. Many call it the "Bigfoot of the Guitar World"' with no real record of its existance. This raises many questions, unfortunately not many answers.

    So i turn to the SS community for your takes on this legendary guitar.

    Here are some facts i do know...

    In 1957' 3 guitar sketches were made at Gibson Guitars, these were the start of a "New Age" of body shapes' going against the traditional styles at the time. These guitars were on the drawing board as the Explorer, Flying V' and the MODERNE.

    Though the explorer and flying v were in fact put into production in 1958, they did not sell very well. Surviving examples fetch upwards of $100,000.:eek:

    But what about the Moderne?:idea:

    The moderne wasn't released until 1982, and still didn't sell too well. Many have tried to find evidence or proof of prototypes that exist, but not much has amounted. In the mid 1980's, guitar collectors offered a $1,000,000 reward to anyone who could find the guitar, but it was never found. Also, a shipment list from Gibson was shown to have "Mod. Guitars" on the label, but noone can find even a hint of them being Modernes, so many believe it was in fact Gibson Explorers.

    Sources claim Ted McCarty said there were a few prototypes made, but still no proof. Many theorys to it exist, but few are able to be backed up.


    So after all this typing...WHAT'S YOUR OPINION ON IT?
     
  2. Demiurge

    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    I suppose there would be a high value for the prototype of any famous guitar shape; since the Moderne is a little bit more infamous as it KO'ed for a reason (kind of ugly as hell), there may be high value for it but in a more limited market... kind of like a curiosity. As far as where an original prototype might be, maybe Gibson buried it in the same landfill as Atari's dumped their unsold E.T. cartridges (per the urban legend).

    If the Moderne came out of the same design batch as the Flying V and the Explorer, one definitely can't pick on them for a very strong 2 out of 3.
     
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  3. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Who cares, if it surfaces up you know it's Billy Gibbons who will snatch it anyway. :lol:
    Not a fan of the shape, that said uglier guitars have sold.
     
  4. axxessdenied

    axxessdenied SS.org Regular

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    I just looked it up and threw up in my mouth a bit :(
     
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    pushpull7 Banned

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    I remember that firebird. You'd think they had learned
     
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    It's quite obvious why the moderne never saw a public release in bulk, and why the V and Explorer did (slightly), better back then.

    [​IMG]

    I mean, seriously.

    Also, I know those are ibanez models, but who's actually paying attention? :lol:
     
  7. Zombie13

    Zombie13 XIII

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    The Moderne looks like a result of guitar inbreeding, yuck.
     
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    Uh, I would totally play this guitar:

    [​IMG]
     
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    b1gm3 SS.org Regular

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    I'm sorry but the moderne is an eyesore...
     
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    3074326 Local Astronaut

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    Bigfoot exists, and I have proof:

    [​IMG]

    From the Gibson USA (NOT Custom) factory.. less than a year old. ;)
     
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    groverj3 Biologist/Guitarist

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    Switches to turn on and off the other switches :lol:

    Also, it looks like it would uncomfortable to play in any position...
     
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    GazPots Is A Complete Idiot.

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    BIG ND SWEATY Edgy

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    i actually dig the shape more than the explorer or V
     
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    That may be something to do with this:

    Gibson.com: Gibson Moderne

    It's been reissued.
     
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    arcadia fades SS.org Regular

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    yuechhh gawd nooo :(
     
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    As much as I love Gibsons, I've always thought it was butt-ugly :p
     
  19. danger5oh

    danger5oh I'm always... hungry

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    Aside from the control layout, I'd totally play one... but buy one? No thanks.
     
  20. tuneinrecords

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    It would sit way too low on my leg. I like how a strat shaped body puts the neck up a little higher when playing sitting down. Even a Les Paul shaped body puts the neck lower when sitting down. This thing however would require a strap to keep the guitar up. Same deal with V's and other whacky shaped guitars. Lots of young kids love 'em until they start playing them and realize you can't sit down with the thing.
     

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