Friday, June 21, 2013

SPOTLIGHT: Gibson Gary Moore Les Paul Standard Tribute

In tribute to blues rock legend Gary Moore, Gibson has created a Les Paul Guitar that encompasses all the distinct and classic Les Paul traits as well as is decked to Moore's preferred specifications.

Main Features
  • Mahogany body with figured grade-AA maple top
  • Mahogany neck with rounded ’50s profile
  • Granadillo fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • BurstBucker Pro pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Orange Drop tone capacitors
  • TonePros™ Kluson green-key tuners with 16:1 ratio
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.

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.  A classic combination, maple as a top adds crispness to the mahogany, but the lows and low-mids of the mahogany still being apparent.  This gives the guitar the well-known 'smoothness' in sonic profile that Les Pauls are known for.

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
Gibson paid just as much attention to the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard Tribute's electronics as they did to its aesthetics. Beginning with Orange Drop capacitors, every part of its internal signal path is designed to give you absolutely dead-on '59 Les Paul tone. Of course, it's next to impossible to find genuine '50s PAFs (even for Gibson). Instead, the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard Tribute sports a pair of Gibson's BurstBucker Pro humbuckers with historically unmatched bobbin windings.

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.


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