Gary Moore Les Paul Standard
Gary Moore Les Paul Standard -
From his scorching playing with Skid Row and Thin Lizzy to his
incendiary solo work, Gary Moore produced some of the most powerful
guitar performances known to stage and studio from the mid '70s
right up until his untimely death in 2011. Throughout his career,
Moore virtually defined high-octane blues-rock, coining a signature
tone that thousands have sought to emulate. Across three decades of
playing, his weapon of choice remained the mighty Les Paul, one of
which was the legendary '59 Burst originally owned by Fleetwood Mac
guitarist Peter Green.
Now Gibson USA honours this certified guitar legend with the
Gary Moore Les Paul Standard, a first-class Les Paul decked out to
this demanding artist's preferred specifications. Many details are
reminiscent of the famed "Peter Green Les Paul," formerly played by
Gary Moore and now owned by collector Melvyn Franks. From its
highly flamed maple top with Lemonburst finish, to its traditional
Les Paul Model headstock with signature truss-rod cover, to its
mismatched amber and gold top-hat knobs, the Gary Moore Les Paul
Standard offers uncompromising looks. Plug in and fire up its
BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickups via Orange Drop tone caps, all
anchored with a quality TonePros™ hardware, and it rips it up with
a tone fit to carry the name, Gary Moore.
Body and Neck
The Gary Moore Les Paul Standard is rooted in Les Paul tradition,
with a top carved from figured Grade-AA maple, and a back crafted
from Grade-A mahogany. To better show of the luscious
nitrocellulose Lemonburst finish, the body carries no binding or
pickguard. It is strategically weight-relieved to render this a
superbly comfortable guitar. The neck is made from quarter-sawn
Grade-A mahogany and carved to a rounded '50s profile that measures
0.818" at the 1st fret and 0.963" at the 12th. It is topped with an
unbound Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and
traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
The two BurstBucker Pro pickups on the Gary Moore Les Paul
Standard blend the best of Gibson's hallowed PAF humbuckers with
the versatility required by today's high-gain rockers. These
pickups are made with Alnico V magnets and wound with 42 AWG
wire-with extra turns in the bridge pickup's coils for a hotter
lead sound-but are wax potted to withstand high volume levels
without microphonic squeal. The neck pickup is reversed in its
mounting, in recognition of a similar modification to Peter Green's
Les Paul. The guitar carries the traditional control layout, with
Orange Drop tone capacitors, and mismatched amber and gold top hat
knobs on the neck and bridge pickup controls respectively.
Hardware and Appointments
A TonePros™ Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece with locking
mounting hardware partner with TonePros™ Kluson green-key tuners to
comprise a first-class hardware set.
Cases and Extras
Wrap it up in a vintage-brown Gibson hardshell case with Gary
Moore signature, owner's manual, adjustment literature, and Gibson
USA's Limited Lifetime Warranty, and it's a fitting tribute to the
In Issue 17 of
Guitar Interactive Magazine we featured the 'The most valuable
Les Paul in the World,' the iconic '59 Les Paul Standard,' which
the newly released Gary Moore Les Paul Standard was originally
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