Gary Moore Signature Models

The guitar most associated with Gary Moore is his 1959 Les Paul Standard (The Holy Grail), once owned by Peter Green. So it's no surprise that his signature guitar models have echoes of this holy grail model.

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GIBSON COLLECTOR'S CHOICE #1 1959 LES PAUL STANDARD

The Gibson Collector's Choice #1 1959 Les Paul Standard is an exact replica of the legendary 1959 Les Paul owned by Peter Green, Gary Moore and Melvyn Franks. This guitar combines the  historically accurate details of a Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Custom with the unique features of the "Holy Grail" like the deep-amber finished highly figured maple top, reversed neck pickups, missing silver inserts on the top two "Top Hat" control knobs and Bumble Bee tone capacitors.

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GIBSON COLLECTOR'S CHOICE SERIES

The Gibson Custom's Collector's Choice series, launched in 2010, are faithful replicas of one-of-a-kind historic (mainly 1958-1960s) Les Pauls. Gibson contacted some of the world's most prominent collectors of rare instruments and convinced them to share their unique guitars, giving players and collectors a chance to own a close copy of a vintage era Les Paul. The Collector’s Choice range is a mixture of Les Pauls played by famous players and other non-famous guitars that are simply stunning examples of Les Pauls that legendary era.

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GIBSON GARY MOORE SIGNATURE LES PAUL BFG

The Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG is a stripped-down Les Paul, with no body or neck binding. This model has an uncovered Zebra Burstbucker 3 humbucker in the bridge, with a single-coil P-90 in the neck, all controlled by two top hat style volume controls and one tone knob. The traditional toggle switch has been wired to act as a kill switch, and a smaller toggle pickup selector switch in the place of the missing tone knob controls pickup selection.

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GIBSON GARY MOORE LES PAUL STANDARD

The Gibson Gary Moore Les Paul Standard is a reissue of the 2000-2002 Gary Moore Signature Les Paul model. It was introduced in 2013, two years after the death of Gary Moore. This model has no body binding, an AA flamed maple top finished in lemon burst (inspired by Moore's Peter Green Les Paul), a 1959 profile neck and an unbound granadillo (cocobolo) fingerboard. It has two Burst Bucker pickups, on this model the pickups are covered unlike the first Gary Moore LP.The neck pickup is reversed in its mounting, in recognition of a similar modification to Peter Green’s Les Paul.

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EPIPHONE SORRENTO

The 1962 50th Anniversary Epiphone Sorrento was a limited edition thinline archtop reissued in 2013 (1,962 were made). It was based on the original Sorrento first produced at the Gibson & Epiphone factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1962, the same factory that produced the Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson SG, and the 335.

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SHAW

Rick Shaw builds custom guitars in his workshop near Waco, Texas. Shaw offers solid body, semi hollow and hollow body guitars and basses. Styles can be a redesign of an existing model or a completely unique creation. According to Shaw:

GIBSON Q SERIES (ALPHA SERIES)

The Gibson Alpha Series was a range of superstrats made in the mid to late 1980s period. These were Custom Shop models made at a time when Wayne Charvel was involved with the Gibson Custom Shop - and possibly he had an influence on these Alpha Series designs.

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Fender Jaco Pastorius Jazz Basses

Jaco Pastorius was a legendary bass player who played with Weather Report and Joni Mitchell. Jaco's best known bass was his sunburst-finish fretless 1962 Jazz Bass nicknamed the Bass of Doom, originally fretted but Jaco removed the frets. Pastorius finished the fretboard with marine epoxy to protect the wood from the round wound Rotosound Swing 66 strings he used.

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AVON

The Avon brand was used by UK distributer Rose Morris in the 1960s and 1970s. Avon was the Rose Morris entry level brand and Avon guitars and basses were typically made in Japan. Shaftesbury was the Rose Morris higher end brand.

COLUMBUS

The Columbus brand name was used on Japanese and Taiwanese made guitars and basses imported into the UK in the 1970s and 1980s. They were budget instruments, but were playable and are fondly remembered by many UK guitarists who started out on a 1970s Columbus Les Paul or Strat copy. Some Columbus badged guitars were made by the Japanese Matsumoku and Tombo companies.

SAMICK S-7 EC (CHAMBRAY) #unknown

Philipp Krosigk Germany

Both build in 1989 wit solid cedar top, ovangkol or rosewood back and side laminated, fredboard ebony and mechanics Schaller. Both are great guitars with a fantastic smoth sound, light construction and swinging top. The S7-EC has a fault...can you see it.

Otherwise this guitar will never be for sale.

Both build by S.Yairi sametime he manufactured for Lowden.

SUMMERFIELD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Summerfield Musical Instruments Ltd was established by Maurice Summerfield - son of Charles Summerfield of the CSL company. Summerfield MI Ltd are now one of the UK’s leading distributors of musical instruments and accessories serving music stores in the UK and Ireland. The Summerfield family have been been musical instrument distrbutors for over 50 years and recieved a NAMM Milestone Award recognising its contribution to the industry.

B.C. RICH ST III (U.S. Series) #unknown

1986 Model, Dimarzio's, Gotoh Bridge logo'd as BCR, Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Board, Gotoh Tuners

JAY TURSER FUTURÉ SERIES

The JAY TURSER FUTURÉ SERIES was a group of 3 radically shaped electric guitars: Spectré, Spirité and Stiletté; as well as the Scarabé bass introduced around 1999. The Futuré models were produced in limited quantities and are relatively rare.  Gibson did as similar thing in 1957 when they introduced three radical designs: the Flying V, Futura and Moderne - which caught on eventually. Unfortunately these intersting Jay Turser models did not last beyond 2002.

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Music Man Axis (Van Halen) Series

The Ernie Ball / Music Man Eddie Van Halen signature model was introduced In the early 1990s and Eddie used on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance albums. When Eddie left Ernie Ball/Music Man in 1995, the company was made to keep the guitar in production pretty much unchanged as the Music Man Axis model. All of the design, including the neck, pickups, and woods used are the same, but there were a few improvements made.

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LTD JH-600 EC

The LTD JH-600 EC is the LTD version of the ESP Jeff Hanneman EC (Eclipse) model, built to Hanneman’s specifications. It features neck-thru-body construction at 24.75" scale, an alder body with arched top, a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, and 24 XJ frets. Components include EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 85 (neck) active pickups. The LTD version does not have the EMG SPC Control found on the ESP model. The LTD model has Grover tuners and a Kahler Hybrid tremolo (compared with Gotoh tuners and Kahler 2315 on the ESP).

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