|08-19-2012, 01:24 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Valhalla, Arizona, USA
Gary Moore Heritage Signature model
I have two of these, one from each run of 75. The Amber Burst first series and the unplanned for second series of 75 Almond Burst.
I can sell them as a set, or if only one it would be the Amber from the first series.
I am offering both my Heritage Gary Moore models for sale as a set, one from each series of 75.
I don't think there are many if any collectors who have one of both from brand new.
My preference is to really keep one the Almond Burst and sell the Amber Burst.
These guitars have been well documented on this forum in particular.
My article for Gary Moore's Lord of the Strings on the history of Gary Moore and Heritage has been used by sellers before.
Please PM me with offers.
The guitars have been modified for the better and they are the best playing and in as new condition. One, the Amber was bought new by me from Manny's Music whilst I had an order in with the factory which ended up being from the second series, the Almond Burst.
It is with a heavy heart that I am even having to do this.
There have been serious events in my life since last summer and I will not go into them here, but the problems continue. Suffice to say they are grave enough for me to even have to consider parting with my most prized guitars.
They both are identically modified from 'stock', with DiMarzio stainless steel frets, leveled fret boards and properly set up nuts. They have the Gotoh Nashville bridges and stop tail pieces, otherwise are as delivered.
Neither of these guitars were ever played out and have been lovingly kept in as new condition.
Here is an excerpt from my article describing my two examples:
Now back to the story of how I managed to obtain “two” of the Gary Moore Heritage’s,
I was hot to trot to get one of the Signature models when I read the issue of Guitar World that year. I immediately placed an order with the factory for one and they explained it would be a wait to get one, I felt lucky to get one at all.
Then after I had special ordered it, I placed a call to Manny's Music in NYC and they had an Amberburst model(the first75) brand new in stock. I also purchased this, a I wasn't sure what would happen with the Heritage factory order, ect.
My Amberburst is #55 of 75. I bought it over the phone on 2/7/91, laughably on the receipt it reads Gibson Heritage Ltd. Edition #55 !!
With case $1085, I had it shipped UPS Priority Red at the time. This guitar came with the COA and in a rectangular Heritage logo-ed case.
When my second Gary Moore Heritage arrived at A-Z Music in Morrisville, Pa., I lived near the main line in Philadelphia in those days,I had put down my deposit on2/5/91.
The list price was $1550 and I paid a total of $952.94 with tax included. I still was not familiar with all the colors or the production of the second run of 75 at that time, though in retrospect on my receipts it states Almond Sunburst, and when I pulled back the tissue paper after opening the case, it was a different color than my first series.
I had spoken with Rendell Wall several times on the phone and he confirmed to me that the demand for the first 75 had been so great, they decided to produce the ssecond series of 75. My guitar is #45 of that series..I had a waiting number for my order #4027 at the time.
Here are the specifications of the official Heritage Gary Moore Signature model guitar
.The guitars had dual EMG 81 active pickups and Gary's signature in red on the 'snake' shaped headstock,which has The Heritage at the top.This is in tribute to the early Gibson headstocks from the Lloyd Loar era ,which had The Gibson written in the same way!Actually Heritage later had to change their lower bout shape and pickgaurd shape after Gibson threatened legal action!Also these guitars have beautiful maple wood pick guards which match the bodies stained colour.
The standard finish at first was Amber. The neck was of a one piece mahogany construction with a 24.75” rosewood fingerboard, with mother of pearl trapezoid inlays. The headstock had the ‘50’s vintage correct 17 degree pitch, with a black painted face. The Heritage logo is in silver with Gary Moore’s signature in red across the middle of the face. Grover tuning machines were fitted, with no pickup selector switch ring and beautiful flamed maple pickguards that matched the flame maple tops, these guards also having the cream colored binding that matched the binding on the guitar body.
The back of the headstock was painted black as well with the model and serial number stamped with silver paint. The rear of the headstock also featured what are termed ‘stingers’, which is where the black paint terminates in a sharp point .
This technique was used by Gibson to hide irregularities in this area, but are a distinct feature of these models. The conventional two volume and two tone control potentiometers are fitted.There is extra space in the rear control cavity for the 9 volt battery to power the active EMG pickups, this power is disconnected once the output cord is removed.
The guitars are quite heavy though the Grover tuners balance out the overall balance of the body with the added weight of the electronics.
Now Gary being the brilliant guitarist he is ,he can play anything very well,but I didn't like the Schaller roller bridges as they were designed so you could alter the string spacing,why?Also there was a lot of inherent sting buzzing from the bridge.So I debated with myself over and over about modifying these rare guitars.But I am first and foremost a player and not a collector so I chose to have both modified at the same time!I took them to John Zeilder,a brilliant luthier in Philadelphia who built his own guitars,including fantastic archtops.I gave him Gotoh Nashville bridges and Gotoh nickel Gibson style nickel chromed stop tail pieces.Due to the pre-drilled spacing ,an ABR-1 vintage style bridge was out of the question,plus Nashville's have the ability to stay in tune well and have great sustain.Also I could not bear the skinny frets which I was surprised that Gary did not have his trademark jumbo frets fitted.I chose a medium wide oval DiMarzio stainless steel fretwire which John loved to use.He did a brilliant job of setting them up and had to indeed plane down the fingerboard of the amber one as it was 'moving around' on the bench.These guitars are very heavy,much more so than these 7.5 to 8 lb Les Paul reissues.I use 0.10 to 0.52 gauge strings as did Gary back then.You can actually lower the action more with heavier strings, equaling great sustain.Gary taught me much about guitar technicalities, because I read every thing I could about him and his equipment ,playing technique,ect.
Later on Heritage did in fact offer Gibson style Nashville or ABR-1 bridges with the conventional stop tail pieces, so I was ahead of my time!
So one can say that my two Gary Moore’s are modified to play better and I’m sure Gary would say that given the opportunity to play one of my guitars.
The question is, does Gary actually still own any of his Heritages, this is a question for our Graham Lilley.
I did at one time have some photos from a Heritage factory tour many years ago that showed a prototype GM signature guitar all covered in dust, hopefully I can retrieve it.
Many people make the mistake of comparing Heritage Guitars to Gibson’s.
They are missing the point. Heritage of course builds guitars ‘inspired’ by the great Gibson models, but the way they are constructed and the hand built craftsmanship, is very different, even from Gibson’s Custom Shop.
The Gary Moore Heritage is extremely rare, with only 75 intended to be built, that figure ending up at 150, still an extremely low number of guitars produced.
Personally, the examples I own are among the best playing and sounding guitars of that genre, bar none.
Of course all documentation and COA's are available.
Guitars - Heritage | The Lord Of The Strings - World Wide Gary Moore Fanclub
Amber Heritage pictures by davida54 - Photobucket
Heritage Guitars pictures by davida54 - Photobucket
The last album features my Almond Burst mostly on pgs 3 and 4.
Price...$6.5K for both to break them up I am only considering selling the Amber Burst and that would be asking $3..5K to start.
|08-19-2012, 03:38 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Great Southern Land
Re: Gary Moore Heritage Signature model
Wow man really sorry you have to part with those amazing guitars. Hope everything turns out for the best for you. You probably already have but, you may want to try advertising on MLP forum as well.....