See Gary Moore’s Guitars - Up-Close and In Action

See Moore's longtime guitar tech take his 1963 Stratocaster, 1959 Les Paul Jr. and 1964 Firebird for a spin.
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A selection of Gary Moore’s guitars, amps, cabinets and pedals went up for auction back in 2016.

When the Belfast-born guitarist died in 2011, he left behind a wealth of gear. While some of the more important pieces - such as a 1959 Gibson Les Paul - were retained by his estate, much of the gear went under the hammer, eventually fetching $190,000 in total.

Moore’s longtime guitar tech Graham Lilley spoke with Guitarist magazine at the time about the gear and filmed a video for the publication in which he shows and demos several of Moore’s guitars that went on the auction block. 

The video, presented above, shows a custom Gibson Les Paul - “Collector’s Choice Number One, Artist Proof Number 3” - made for Moore and modeled after the famed 1959 Les Paul he purchased from Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green in the Seventies (now owned by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett). Other guitars shown include Moore’s 1963 Stratocaster with a stripped body refinished in clear lacquer, his 1959 Les Paul Jr. and his 1964 Firebird.

The video also includes a demo of Moore’s second 1959 Gibson Les Paul, used on his 1990 album Still Got the Blues, which didn't go up for auction.