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Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Quartersawn Mahogany Neck, Granadillo Fingerboard, 2 x '57 Classic Humbuckers, and a Hardshell Case - Transparent Amber

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The Famous Guitar that Never Was!

The infamous Moderne returns with Gibson's Moderne XI, a solidbody electric guitar that can best be described as way, way ahead of its time. Far from a straight 1958 reissue like the coveted Moderne models released back in 1982, this modern captures the spirit of Gibson's black-sheep guitar, but provides you with exciting new twists that make the Moderne XI a unique instrument in its own right as well. A body of grade-A mahogany combined with a quartersawn mahogany neck and a gorgeous granadillo fretboard give you rich harmonics and excellent sustain, all of which are brought to life via a pair of '57 Classic PAF-style humbuckers. Whether you're looking for retro or futuristic, you'll get what you want from the Gibson Moderne XI solidbody electric guitar.

Gibson Moderne XI Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Too cool for '58, but perfect for the 21st century
  • Slim Fast neck profile gives your fingers wings
  • '57 Classic humbuckers deliver period-correct PAF tone
Too cool for '58, but perfect for the 21st century

To understand this unlikely Moderne XI guitar, you have to go back to 1958, when Gibson was actively pushing the limits of guitar design by coming up with wild new body styles. The original Moderne was presented along side the first ever Flying V and Explorer models. Suffice it to say, it was not as well received as its litter mates, and that's why you don't see a dozen flavors of Moderne guitars floating around these days. Was it too cool for 1958? Perhaps. Once you've got the Moderne XI electric guitar in your hands you'll be free to judge for yourself. We at Sweetwater think you'll enjoy this fun and rare instrument. We do.

Slim Fast neck profile gives your fingers wings

Here's one of the greatest ways in which the Gibson Moderne XI differs from the original '58 Moderne electric guitars: the neck. Rarely found on even the most performance-driven Gibson guitar models today, the Moderne XI's Slim Fast neck profile is... well, both slim and fast. In fact, it measures just .8" at the nut and tapers just a hair to .85" at the 12th fret, and yet it somehow manages to be comfortable for even players with massive hands. Go Gibson! Made from quartersawn mahogany, you can feel free to pull of neck bends, without fearing for the life of your axe. And what's waiting for you up at the head but a dead-on and truly funky split-top headstock - just like the original. Oh, and the icing on the cake is a rare granadillo fretboard, which looks amazing and plays like butter. Give this Moderne XI a shot and you'll never look back.

'57 Classic humbuckers deliver period-correct PAF tone

On the more authentic side, the pickups that Gibson outfitted the Moderne XI with are as true to the sound of the original unreleased model as it gets. That's because Gibson originally engineered their '57 Classic humbuckers to capture the warmth, smooth playing dynamics, and overall character of their breakthrough PAFs. When you think of the sound of classic rock, you're the tone you hear in your head comes from a pair of these amazing, vintage-style humbuckers cranked through a high-gain full stack amp. You may buy your Moderne XI it for its off-the-wall looks, but you'll keep it forever because of its incredible sound.

Gibson Moderne XI Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A rare, cool, and unusual electric guitar based on the 1958 Gibson model that was never released
  • Unique space-aged body looks cool and is surprisingly comfortable
  • Combination of a mahogany body, a quartersawn mahogany neck, and solid ZAMAK hardware provides manageable resonance and excellent sustain
  • '57 Classic humbuckers give you the sound of Gibson's original PAF pickups
  • Cool-looking and granadillo fretboard feels great and maintains a steady sound all across the neck
  • Thin Fast neck carve provides the performance-driven action you need to tear out fast grooves and solos
  • Split-top headstock captures the look of the original Moderne perfectly
  • Hardshell case included
Get a new take on Gibson's most infamous axe with the Moderne XI solidbody electric guitar!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number DSMDTAGH1

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