|Ah, the legends and fairytales that surround the Gibson Moderne... 'T was
way back in the late 1950's when in the righteous empire of Kalamazoo (only in fairytales
do you get a name as stupid as that), not everything went well for the just King Ted
McCarty. The Empire of Kalamazoo had been thriving, but it faces threat from the evil
empire of Fullerton. King Leo of Fullerton had designed weapons of strange shape, had
given futuristic names such as Broadcaster, Telecaster, and Stratocaster to them, and was
out threaten the livelihood of the good and righteous people of Kalamzoo. So, our brave
and cunning leader King Ted I assembled in his quarters a motley crew of the most
imaginative and innovative designers, some of the had experience in designing the shapes
of carriages drawn by the power of cumbustion rather than horses.
They labored day and night and came up with three designs which leading poets of King Ted's empire (aka the Marketing Dept.) chose appropriate designations for: the Explorer, the Flying V, and the Moderne.
'T was in the year of 1957 when our brave soldiers assembled at a Fayre named The NAMM Show, and in preparation thereof, King Ted had examples of the three designs commissioned and brought to the show for public display. Here is where our storytellers fail to agree on a consistent recollection: what happened to the prototypes of the Moderne? Were they destroyed after the show? Were they sold for gold? Are they still hidden away somewhere? Or were none made at all? Some, albeit very few Flying V's and even fewer Explorers survive to this day, to the pride of their owners, and to the joy of their treasurers, for they continue to fetch high prices. Yet, an original Moderne has never appeared, and what happened to this futuristic design shall remain an eternal mystery...
The example in my collection dates back to a limited edition of 1983. It is finished to show the beautiful light color of its Korina body and one-piece neck. I was glad to find this one with lovely wood, so now I will venture out and find my Holy Grail: an original 1957 Moderne. (P.S. Let me know if you see one!)