New guitar range celebrates Gibson’s “legacy of innovation” with modern features. Gibson has launched the brand new Modern Collection, which is designed to blend Gibson’s classic guitar designs with various modern features.
“The Modern Collection reflects a new era of innovation, something Orville Gibson started in 1894 and Ted McCarty fueled in the 50s and 60s,” explains Gibson Chief Merchant Officer, Cesar Gueikian.
Many of these features will be familiar to the fans of the weight-relieved bodies, compound radius fingerboards and push-pull pickup switches seen on previous Standard model guitars live on in this range.
“It incorporates many contemporary updates that players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P-90 sounds, innovative slim-taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability.”
The exemplar of this is the new Les Paul Modern, which sports a lighter weight body, slim taper neck, ebony compound radius fretboard, contoured heel, Grover locking Rotomatic tuners, clear top hat knobs and Brust Bucker Pro and Brust Bucker Pro+ pickups.
The guitar also features four push-pull pots to offer both humbucker and P-90 sounds at the flick of a switch.
The Les Paul is joined by the familiar Studio and Classic models, which have more traditional looks but more modern necks and humbuckers. On the SG side we have a similar three-level approach, with the quilt-topped SG Modern joined by the Standard and Tribute models.
Guitarists after some stripped-down thrills will be drawn to the Les Paul Special Tribute DC with either single or double P-90s, and the range is further expanded with a new ES-235 and modern versions of the ES-335, Flying V and Explorer B-2.
As with the Original Collection, the Modern Collection also features a number of acoustics, in the shape of Hummingbird, J-45 and J-15, as well as a Parlor model.