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Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar  

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The Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG takes the raw, unrefined power of Gibson's classic BFG and matches it with the look of Moore's personal and sto...Read More

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Rough, raw, and extreme just like the artist whose name it bears.

The Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG takes the raw, unrefined power of Gibson's classic BFG and matches it with the look of Moore's personal and storied Les Paul Standards from the late 1950s, resulting in a beautifully radical Gibson Les Paul that secures Moore's iconic status among the world's finest guitarists.

Surface Texture and Satin Nitrocellulose Lemon Burst Finish
In almost every respect, the Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG is not an ordinary Les Paul—including the surface and texture of the body and neck. The most powerful, radical Les Paul guitar 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 guitar 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 while allowing the wood to breathe and age naturally and properly over the course of its life.

Gibson's Burstbucker 3 and P-90 pickups
The Gary Moore Signature Les Paul 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 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 esteemed P-90 black soapbar single-coil introduced in the early 1950s, offers the soulful, classic tone that only a P-90 pickup can. It delivers more warmth than a standard single-coil pickup, for high output and sweet treble response. Together, they are one of the most powerful pickup combinations on any Les Paul.

Gibson's '50s Rounded Neck Profile
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than those employed on the Gibson models of today. The more traditional '50s neck profile—which is found on the Gary Moore Signature Les Paul BFG—has the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the 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 yet traditional feel.

Chambered Body
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.

FEATURES
  • Body Style: Les Paul BFG
  • Body: Chambered mahogany Back
  • Top: Carved maple
  • neck
  • Neck: 1-piece set, mahogany with an angled headstock
  • Neck Profile: '50s Rounded
  • Neck joint location: 19th fret
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with nickel and steel alloy fret wire
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • No. Of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
  • Knobs: Black
  • Tuners: Grover tulip
  • Neck pickup: P-90
  • Bridge pickup: BurstBucker 3
  • Controls: 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector near volumes, "kill" toggle switch near bridge
  • selector
  • Finish: Surface Texture nitrocellulose Lemon Burst

Own an instrument that's as raw as your music.

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GibsonGary Moore BFG Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stunning....

By Dale Smith

from Florida

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

I LOVE this guitar! It's a fitting tribute to Gary Moore - surely one of the finest players ever. OK, so - in this "Barely Finished" form - it's not all glossy and glitzy, but it's rawness has a special beauty all of it's own. A friend likened the texture of the top to "Aligator", which is actually a pretty good description of the roughly-hewn finish.

This is my first Gibson guitar - having played an Epiphone Les Paul for a number of years - and I'm blown away by the action and tone of the guitar.

I've rated it a 9 here because, like some other reviewers, I'm not sure I see the functionality of the "kill" switch and am considering re-wiring the guitar to the traditional, two volume knobs/two tone knobs and toggle switch configuration. Other than that, I couldn't be happier!!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent sounding/playing guitar

By james magrini

from chicago

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

I have read other reviews where the finish was criticized, the bare rear humbucker pick-up was criticized (the aesthetics thereof), the sharpness of the body was criticized - but nowhere was the quality, sound, and playability of the guitar an issue - to me, such inconsequential critique might be likened to purchasing a double cut-away (after viewing it and having foreknowledge of the guitar) and then complaining about it having one cut-away too many!!! This is an incredible sounding guitar for rock and blues - it literally screams in the bridge-pick up setting. The neck is comfortable, and a bit slimmer than I had anticipated. It's a really fast fret board. This is one of my favorites guitars I have ever owned, and i have owned several Gibson Les Pauls in the past - in fact - this studio version is of better quality overall than any of my previous Les Paul "standard" models I have owned. I highly recommend this guitar in Gibson's great (and ever-expanding) studio model line of guitars.
Love pick-ups. Love "kill-switch." Love tuners. Love neck.
For price - the model that was sent to me was "fantastic."
For price - value is exceptional.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sublime!

By Big G-z0JrT

from Florida

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

10
This is not your daddy's Les Paul. And, although it may not be a true replica of the guitars Moore played, it certainly embodies the spirit, the spit n fire, of the man that I consider to be the best blues-rock guitarist ever. The combo of a P90 at the neck and a Burst Bucker 3 at the bridge is brilliant! The P90 holds down the jazzier, fatter tones, whilst the BB3 is not wax-potted and wails with the airy, open, cutting tone that wax-potting steals. Used together, and w vol/tone pot adjustments, the tonal spectrum available is about as good as it gets. The thicker '50s neck adds to the great sustain of this beauty, and I find it endlessly playable and comfortable (with no gloss to get stuck on). Oh, and certainly not least, the traditional combo of a maple top and mahogany body. If I had Gibson make me a special order guitar, it would be very close to this one, so it's gotta be a 10 all-around for me!

As to the finish (or lack of finish - Barely Finished Guitar = BFG), I absolutely LOVE it! The flat nitro lemon burst is a thing of beauty, w the black P90 and the zebra BB3 (as well as the rosewood fretboard) introducing just the right amount of offset to the lemon, and the two different amber top-hat vol knobs (one matches the single tone knob) sort of a natural color but darker than the lemon burst. AND, and this is killer - there is no binding per-se, but the natural lighter edge of the maple top stands out as a "natural" binding against the medium-brown body, and that natural maple edge color is extended on the back of the neck. Just beautiful! (If you gotta have a gloss finish, check this one out anyway. It might just win you over!) And one subtle detail: the "Gary Moore" on the truss rod cover is of shiney gold - very classy, indeed! (I'm so glad they didn't just etch it or stamp it in the usual white letters. I'd like to think the designers were truly giving something extra in recognition of a great guitarist.)

The only con I can come up with is that the first three strings were not intonated properly (but not terribly far off). About 10 minutes of my time solved that. Action was superb right from the box. I may never use the kill-switch, but it's cool that it's there and that the pup toggle is in the place of the missing tone knob...not gonna find that on many other Les Pauls, eh!

An outstanding tribute of a guitar to Gary Moore, that is closer to a price the working man can afford. I think ol' Gary would have liked that - a lot. Thank you, Gibson...thank you, Gary!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Own this 2 years now

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar for 2 reasons: 1) I'm a tone junky and thought this LP would sound great with the chambered body and unfinished surfaces. I don't care about the looks, it was all tone I was looking for. 2) It was a great deal with nice components. Overall, I will admit that the playability and tone of this guitar surprised me right out of the box. It was and still is everything I hoped for in that it has great crunch, clean tones, and a nice growl when pushed, with lots of room for pushing. I continue to play this guitar quite a bit. The kill switch is rather useless, but good for the Pete Townshend switching effect, which gets old real quick. My one gripe, which is why it gets an 8 overall, is that the P90 pickup cavity is missing the mounting hardware. The pickup was actually floating loosely in the cavity. Albeit an easy fix with a couple of wood shimmies, it was kind of odd. I bought this guitar used from MF and could not find any other flaws, so perhaps this is why it was discounted?

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the king is gone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

just listen to shapes of things to here my favoriite guitar solo of all time we will miss you gary your tone your kindness you inspired me to play from the heart i plan buying this soon. i loved you man you made the world a better place

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5.0

GREAT ROCKER

By JOHNNY GEETAR CASTELLO

from Clinton New York

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

It's funny that Gibson is bringing back The Nighthawk and for the price of the Nighthawk, I woould get the Gary Moore. Gibson quality in both, but why spend the extra cash for something that does not look like a LES PAUL?

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

BFG - Prepare

By McLovin

from ak

Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

This guitar is a decent guitar, but I've had some major problems with mine. I had to basically re-adjust the bridge because the 2nd string on the guitar had some huge clanking and muting problem running into it. I just honestly hate the set up to this guitar because it just doesn't seem to have the same mathematical set up as a Les Paul should. It has been a pretty good disappointment thus far, but the good side is that the pick ups sound nice, the tuners are spectacular, you can shred out some hard rock tunes with this guitar, and you get that classic Les Paul sound with good sustain. The guitar also looks cool, but feels cheap. Other than the set up and the muted 2nd string, this could have turned out to be a great and possibly a favorite guitar in an expensive collection.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A modified hot rod Les Paul

By player

from Houston, Texas

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Comments about Gibson Gary Moore BFG Electric Guitar:

Guitar came set up perfect and to spec. Fret work is very good no dead spots or buzz anywhere. The fret ends were filed smooth, so no sharp edges can be felt on your hands. Intonation was right on, and stays in tune very good. The rough feel of the unfinished neck I thought might be a problem, but after playing it.For several hours you get use to it, and is less sticky and feels just as fast as my SG standard. The neck size feels equal to my SG Standard. Good feel, a little on the fat side.Sound is outstanding acoustically. Very loud compared to my SG and Fender Strat.Plugged in it?s a hot rod. Sounds great for all classic rock. Very good blues sound with the P90 pickup in the neck. This is not a pretty guitar. But I always liked the look of a striped down hot rod car, andI think that was the vibe Gibson was taping into. The kill switch is useless, but I guessIt?s something you might see on a modified rocker like this.Bottom line: the neck, components and materials are top notch. If you can get past itbeing unfinished you should get it. It really rocks!

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