Okay, guitar nuts cannot see the words “Gibson” and “Moderne” without raising an eyebrow, and this Gibson Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom Electric Guitar will be no exception.
The original Moderne is the stuff of legends. Supposedly developed in 1957 along with Flying V and the Explorer, Modernes have been “sighted” but never documented. Likely, the only models from 1957 were prototypes. People have been looking for the Moderne ever since. They are the holy grail of collecting: if you find an original, call an accountant and Soethby’s.
Curiously—okay maybe not since Gibson is in the business of selling guitars— the company “reissued” the Moderne, which is quite ironic since they likely never issued them in the first place.
Fast forward to present time and former Ozzy wild man Zakk Wylde slaps his name and signature black and whites (though lines, not bullseyes) on a numbered Moderne of Doom.
Seller says this axe is #96 of 250 made and is in great shape having been played only a few times. (Even in those few outings it has managed to acquire a small dent in the case and a small nitro stain (seller thinks) on the bottom of the neck. Seller doesn’t say when or where she was made but I’m guessing America (her case say Gibson USA) and recently. To nail that down, ask seller.
She has a Maple top over a Mahogany body, EMG 81/85s and a Floyd Rose. Seller writes she’s a smooth playing, amazing guitar.
So there you have it, a Phoenix-like rebirth of a guitar that was likely never made in the first place all with a little silhouette of Zakk Wylde on the rear headstock. The world is a curious place.