Perhaps the mightiest and most extreme Les Paul to ever leave a Gibson factory, the Gibson Gary Moore BFG Signature Les Paul Electric Guitar is a beautiful and unique guitar that has classic looks with refinements from a legend.
The Gary Moore BFG takes the raw, unrefined power of Gibson’s classic BFG and matches it with the look of Moore’s personal and legendary Les Paul Standards from the late 1950s, resulting in a beautifully radical Les Paul that certainly embodies Moore’s iconic status among the world’s finest guitarists. Moore, an Irish guitarist, has collaborated with many artists over the course of his career including Thin Lizzy, B.B. King, The Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne and George Harrison. He has also influenced the guitar styles of Randy Rhodes, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett.
Gibson Gary Moore BFG Features
- The Gibson Logo
- Angled Headstock
- Adjustable Truss Rod
- Gibson’s ’50s Rounded Neck Profile
- 22-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard
- Nickel and Silver Alloy Fret Wire
- Gibson’s Set-Neck Construction
- Mahogany Back and Maple Top
- Chambered Body
- Surface Texture and Satin Nitrocellulose Lemon Burst Finish
- Gibson’s Burstbucker 3 and P-90 Pickups
- Gibson’s Tune-O-Matic Bridge
- Include Gibson hardshell case
Surface Texture and Satin Nitrocellulose Lemon Burst Finish
In almost every respect, the Gary Moore BFG is not an ordinary Les Paul, including the surface and texture of the body and neck. The most powerful, radical Les Paul needed a raw look, so Gibson’s designers decided to leave the surface carving marks on the solid maple top and mahogany body, exactly as they appear when they emerge from the rough mill. The body of the Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG is then given a Lemon Burst finish that closely resembles the finish on Moore’s historic, original Les Pauls. The neck is also given its initial finish, then hand-sanded to yield its own unique worn appearance. A smooth coat of satin nitrocellulose is then applied over the entire guitar, insuring less interference with the natural vibration of the instrument, producing a purer tone, and allowing the wood to breathe and age naturally and properly over the course of its life.
Gibson’s Burstbucker 3 and P-90
The Gary Moore BFG demanded a pickup configuration as radical as the man himself, and the pairing of Gibson’s Burstbucker 3 with the classic P-90 is as intense as it gets. The Burstbucker 3 arrived on the scene in 1990, and, like the Burstbucker 1 and 2, represents Gibson’s drive to capture and recreate the characteristics of the vintage Patent Applied For humbuckers of the late 1950s. On the shop floor of the original Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the earliest Gibson PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with varying degrees of output and tone. The Burstbucker line represents those variations, but with some modern appointments.
The Burstbucker 3 provides historically accurate PAF tone with two slightly overwound coils, creating a raw, airy tone packed with enough punch to cut through any mix. The legendary P-90 black soapbar, introduced in the early 1950s, Gibson’s truly legendary singlecoil pickup, and offers the soulful, classic tone that only a P-90 can. It delivers more warmth than a standard singlecoil pickup, for high output and sweet treble response. Together, they are one of the most powerful pickup combinations on any Les Paul.
Gibson’s Tune-O-Matic Bridge
The Tune-o-matic bridge, also known as the ABR-1, was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954. At the time, it was a true revelation in intonation, and set a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. This pioneering piece of hardware provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain. It is combined with a separate stopbar tailpiece, essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge. To this day, the Tune-o-matic remains the industry standard. It is the epitome of form and function in electric guitar bridge design, and is one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed.
Gibson’s ’50s Rounded Neck Profile
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The more traditional ’50s neck profile, which is found on the Gary Moore BFG, is the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the same neck shapes found on Moore’s personal and original Les Paul Standards from the late 1950s. The neck is machined in Gibson’s rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest, including the final sanding, is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.
There’s something about playing a guitar with raw, powerful tone, balance, and weight. One of the ways the expert craftsmen at Gibson USA achieve this equilibrium is by carving carefully mapped-out chambers in the Les Paul’s solid mahogany back using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) router before the maple top is glued on. The positioning of the routes was established after careful examination of the resonant characteristics of the Les Paul. Gibson approached this process with the awareness that every change to the formula would have repercussions on the instrument’s sound. So, in addition to relieving the stress on a player’s back and shoulder, these lighter Gibson guitars also enhance the tone palette in a manner unique only to these guitars. The results are comfortable, lightweight guitars that are acoustically louder, with increased sustain and resonance.
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