Gibson USA unveils signature axe dedicated to late great blues rock legend
By Alex Baker
From the mid-Seventies until his death in 2011, Gary Moore was a towering figure in the world of rock and roll guitar. The Belfast born guitarist played with Thin Lizzy at various points in his career and as a solo artist, he collaborated with the likes of Phil Lynott, George Harrison, Ozzy Osborne, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, B.B. King, and the Beach Boys.
Throughout his long and storied career, Moore’s primary guitar was the “Peter Green” Les Paul; a ’59 Les Paul with a distinct “honking” out of phase tune, the young Moore acquired from his idol, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green.
For the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard, Gibson went to great lengths to reproduce many of the distinct features of the Peter Green Les Paul; including mismatched volume and tone knobs, a Fifties profile neck, and a mahogany body with a figured AA-grade maple top. The Gary Moore Les Paul Standard comes equipped with a pair of BurstBucker pickups, orange drop capacitors, and TonePros Kulson tuners.
With a list price of $3582, the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard is a reasonably affordable facsimile of one of rock’s most legendary guitars.
This is Gibson’s press release on the 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 honors 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 man himself.
For more information, visit Gibson.com.