I couldn't help myself. I called up and got myself a new Gibson Moderne today. They're a limited edition which probably means they're going to make them after this like the Reverse V but I'm still excited.
I always wanted one and just never got around to buying one of the reissues due to cost. It's not correct to the 80s reissue with the different headstock, mahogany body and fretboard material (which IMHO is great as I have played an old guitar like that once and thought it was rosewood) but I think it will look cool on stage.
Pics to follow but it will be a while.
Oh, I made sure it comes with a HSC before ordering as that would be a nightmare!
Yep! They're making them again. A limited run of 400.
I think I'm going to put some reflector knobs on mine when I get it. Plus they have 57 Classics - and I really like those. IMHO for live playing (not studio work) they're really the best humbucker out there if you want a semi overdriven, classic Gibson sound with a lot of sparkle, sustain and harmonics. They're loud but they work really well if you knock the volume pots down a little. Whenever I play my guitars with them live they blow me away. Trick is to set them as low as possible, at least for me. YMMV.
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
Granadillo is a really nice wood from Cuba. It comes from a big tree and even smells like rosewood. It's been used on instruments for many years. Years ago, I played a guitar at Ed Roman's with a fretboard and I thought it was a really nice piece of rosewood. Ed claimed it was better then rosewood but not as good as ebony but who knows! It is rated durable and is a nice change.
Granadillo, Kira Wood And Trebol are some names used for this rosewood subsitute
Here is a Taylor with it: