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As said, Gary used this guitar very briefly and it pretty much disappeared after mid 1972.
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Gary Moore is most often associated with playing Gibson Les Paul guitars.
His main guitar in the early years was a 1959 Les Paul acquired from Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, which he owned for more than 40 years before selling it in 2006.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1970 Peter borrowed the guitar to Gary, as he was sort of a mentor to him in the early years.
Gary kept using the guitar for some time, and eventually agreed to buy it from Peter respecting his personal wish that the guitar would have a good home with Moore.
The guitar is pretty much stock, except for the neck pickup magnet which was reversed on one of the pickups – a feature now famously known as a “Peter Green mod”.
This was allegedly done accidentally in the Gibson factory when the guitar was first assembled in 1959, as was concluded by Jol Dantzig who had a chance to examine the guitar in the 80s.
It previously belonged to Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower, who appeared with the Les Paul on numerous occasions until 1970.
He apparently got the idea from listening to Eric Clapton.
The pickups were strong, but I took one of them off. I heard him play one night, and he was on the treble pickup all night long. It takes a lot of genuine practice and worry to get a sound like that.
This guitar was used briefly by Gary during his tenure with Skid Row until 1971.
It can be seen on couple of videos recorded during the band performance on German TV music show Beat Club.
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Since 1979 Gary focused entirely on his solo career, during which he released a number of highly successful albums, including “Still Got The Blues” (1990) which became one of the fan’s favorites.