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Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by tommychains, Jul 14, 2012.
Didn't realize that.
Okay I actually really like that.
What a waste of a tree.
Gibson has made a lot of stupid looking guitars :/
Put an explorer headstock on that...
One of my favorite guitar body shapes ever. gets a lot of shit but I love it
Too bad Gibson totally messed up the headstock on that reissue...
I think the OP is referring to the original "lost" prototype. IMO, it probably doesn't exist. As mentioned earlier Billy Gibbons supposedly acquired the original prototype but it was never verified.
I'm going to have to side with those who think they never made it out of the plant. If Ted said they were built, then they were built. He doesn't have a reason to lie, and if there would be anyone to know it would be him.
Too many have offered small fortunes to find these and have come away empty handed. Too much time has passed for it to be a single collector or collectors hoarding them from the get go.
They were probably destroyed/parted out when the model's production was cancelled. I'm sure no one had the forethought to keep them around for no reason and overtime those that did survive initially probably went to the wayside.
Though, you never know, there could be a 108 year old former music store worker that bought all six back in the 50's and has them in a display case in his basement.
These were also known as the "Gumby" guitars.
The original headstock looked cool and fitted with the shape, but it was a fucking nightmare in every other way... have you seen the number of string trees they had to use on it?
those things are so hideous.
I've never even heard of these until just now. I'm a sucker for old things, though, I wish they had some surviving prototypes.
I don't think I would like to play one, however. Aside from crazy shit like Spalt guitars, I'm totally okay with Strat, Tele, and LP shapes.
Playing a 1982 Moderne
I love the Moderne, WITH the ugly string-tree headstock. I don't know why, I know it's ugly, but I've always wanted one.
Love the body, but that headstock...
I actually have an Ibanez that I guess you can say is "influenced" by The Modern´s design:
I never realized how awesome the V and Explorer looked until it was placed next to that piece of shit
I think this guitar is like the fender "swinger" its retro/modern shape makes it kinda strangely appealing.
It's not a matter of whether it's pretty or not. it's more of a taste factor. it's obviously a non standard and the people who like standard guitars most WILL NOT like this. but i like modern looking guitars and i think with the original headstock and an actual paint finish it may be a really cool looking Item and regain a lot of popularity. i was thinking a mint green or a purple.
Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick says he owns that original Moderne. He has so many insanely expensive guitars, it could quite possibly be true.
Same is true for Billy Gibbons. If someone truly had the original Moderne, why hide it? Why hide it from the public eye?