Gibson has launched its new Mod Collection, a constantly-upated set of unique guitars that offers various non-standard alternatives to its range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars.
Instruments that are part of the Mod Collection come fitted with some non-standard features, either purely aesthetic or some alternative hardware or electronics. Their core specifications remain familiar to fans of Gibson’s standard collection – body, neck and fretboard materials don’t deviate too much from what you’d find elsewhere in Gibson’s ranges. However, they live up to the “Mod” in the collection’s title, with changes similar to what a keen tinkerer could achieve with their finishes, electronics and hardware.
The changes range from subtle to more extreme. For instance, at the moment there is an SG Special for sale which offers some subtle changes to nickel hardware, Kluson Deluxe tuners with black Keystone buttons, an aged P-90 neck pickup, and black top hat knobs. While an SG Standard, now sold, featured the addition of an entirely new Bigsby Vibrato bridge.
Another SG Special also featured a modified body route for dogear P90 pickups, rather than the standard soapbar P90s.
A more dramatic aesthetic example would be the Les Paul Standard ‘50s, which has been finished in the eye-catching Intergalactic Crackle – very much a non-1950s approach to guitar finishing.
These interesting combinations are the core appeal of the Mod Collection, a way for Gibson fans to grab guitars like no others – without having to break out the soldering iron, router or spray gun.
You can see the guitars currently on offer over at gibson.com.