3. Gibson Moderne
This guitar was definitely ahead of its time, it looked a bit like somebody sneezed while trying to draw the body of a Flying V. It was so ahead of its time that it didn't even make it past the prototype stage in 1957, it then had a moderately successful run in 1982, but finally throwing their full weight behind it, Gibson have rereleased it once again this year.
Reaction was fairly positive when it was released again this year, it is not even known whether any were made in the 1950s, and the 80s version is popular with collectors, so a new release was always going to have its fans.
It's a thing of beauty, and now you can actually buy one brand new… if you don't mind parting with $2599.
Don't know if I can agree with your assessment of the EDS-1275. John McLauglin played it before Jimmy Page did -- many blues/jazz guys did (Earl Hooker is another that comes to mind.) After Page's custom one was built many other rock guitarists took it up as a way to get multi tones without having to switch instruments. Better pickup and amp technology has more or less obviated the need for a doubleneck, which is a huge and unwieldy thing to carry around on stage, but Gibson still makes them after nearly 50 years. So not sure anybody's getting laughed off stage for having one.
13-Oct-12 04:18 PM
I have to agree with Wayne on the EDS-1275. There is no way it's obscure. Besides being rare, obscure means that not many people know about it. Also, the Melody Maker shouldn't be on the list. What about Gibson's attempts at entering the superstrat market?
24-Oct-12 02:49 PM