Our second 1982 Moderne in as many days! This one is just about immaculate and is a real stunner. Go on... you know you have always yearned for two Korina Moderne guitars....
This product is currently on hold.
No, the acid hasn’t kicked in yet, its a 1982 Gibson Moderne Heritage Series and this is one of two examples we currently have, both with ‘A’ serial numbers.
Designed as part of the Modernistic tryptic with the Flying V and Explorer, the Moderne was due to be introduced at the 1958 NAMM show but never made it. Whispered of in secluded corners, it has become a Shasquatch-like figure in guitar lore, with claims that original examples (of which only 6 prototypes are said to have been made) have surfaced all over the United States including one in the collection of a certain Reverend Billy Gibbons. What is certain is that it never made the production line and remained an idea until it was released in limited numbers between 1981 and 1983.
Condition wise, this guitar is nearly immaculate, the Korina grain showcased wonderfully under its tinted lacquer. There is no damage to the finish and it looks like this guitar has only been lightly played in the past 38 years.
Some interesting factory markings under the pickguard to have a look at. The neck is in great shape, the finish is still glossy and no fret wear at all.
Hardware does exhibit some very slight wear which again suggests very little use.
Plastics are in great shape as you’d expect.
Electrically none of the solder joints look to have been disturbed with the pot codes reading 45th week of 1981 and unmolested Tim Shaw humbuckers dated 1982.
The guitar comes with its correct brown hardshell case with pink lining, the handle has broken but it is inside the case pocket.
Once you’ve figured out comfortable way to hold the guitar (possible suggestion would be to skip the sitting down and stick it on a strap, one foot up on the monitor) we’re in familiar Gibson territory, especially to those of you who’ve wrangled a V or Explorer. With easy access to the whole neck, the humbuckers delivering a solid rock tone with the Korina yielding a slightly lighter timbre than its mahogany cousin.
A fabled guitar made reality of a reissue to far, this guitar will certainly be the talking point of any collection. They don’t turn up very often so if you’re looking to complete the set then look no further.
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