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Gary Moore sound

Hal Sharon (188)

Guitar Equipment Forum · 8/21/2005 12:22 PM
In the past year I "discoverd" Gary Moore and absolutely love his sound (on his blues recordings).

My Washburn (as much as I like it) just can't quite recreate that "Still Got the Blues for You" sound... I'm now thinking of aquiring a Les Paul to try and recreate something that comes close.

Would a Gary Moore Les Paul do the job? (rare,hard to find and expensive!)

And, If I should be so lucky as to actually find a Gary Les Paul, (not the signature series), what would be a reasonable purchase price for a good -- to mint condition axe?

OR..has anyone been able to get that Gary Moore live blues sound with less expensive equipment?

A big thanx to all who respond!
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Re: Gary Moore sound

8/21/2005 11:20 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Hi Hal,

Well, I would imagine any decent Les Paul would sound very close to gary's sound, keeping in mind you also have a decent amp. All you need to do is listen & start tweaking the knobs until you get a very close tone.

You MAY try going to GuitarGeek.com and typing in his name, and looking at what gear he uses (IF they list his name). Or try going to his website, and seeing if there's a "GEAR" link?

I probably wouldn't go so far as to buy Gary's signature Les Paul....Not to mention, he uses Peter Greene's Les Paul, anyway! And that's usually the one he uses most often.

Now, seeing how you like his blues stuff, if you're into anything a bit heavier, PLEASE check out his stuff from the early 80's. He did some serious shredding stuff back then, and he was up there with some of the best! He was one of the best shredders from that era, and was VERY underrated!

Some songs to check out:

Hiroshima, White Knuckles, his cover of "Don't let me be misunderstood", Military Man (With Phil Lynott), and his album "Victims Of The Future"...OMG, THAT STUFF ROCKS!

Chris

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8/21/2005 11:22 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

PS: And whatever you do, listen to "Parisienne Walkways"....WHOAH! You won't be dissapointed!!!

Chris



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Re: Gary Moore sound

8/21/2005 11:57 PM

Edd Robins (6260) wrote:

The live "Monsters of Rock" cd is a good one, too. He does have a sound of hs own. Brash!!
Later,Edd

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8/22/2005 1:46 AM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Hal,

I hate to be a wet blanket, but achieving someone else's sound is a goal that is most often pretty unlikely to be attained. I have known many guitar players who have tried in vain to do so, and in the trying have spent many a year and wasted many a dollar.

A friend of mine named Pat had a '58 Strat, which he played through a JC120. One time at a gig, he had a guy come up to him that absolutely had to buy his guitar, not because it was a vintage Strat, but because he thought that by possessing Pat's guitar, he would also possess Pat's sound.

Pat finally got it through the guy's head that the guitar was not for sale, but told the guy he could play it for a while while the band was on break. The guy then got on stage, obviously expecting a rare treat, and proceeded to play. After just a few notes, however, his expression turned from one of glee to one of consternation. For some reason, he sounded nothing like Pat, and instead sounded just like himself.

In our search for gear to make ourselves sound a certain way, we often forget about one of the major factors in our sound, which is our hands. If you were to get five guitar players in a room, and had them play the same guitar through the same amp, chances are you would hear five different sounds coming out of that amp, even if none of them touched any of the controls. I think this is a good thing, and it has everything to do with their touch on the guitar.

I can tell you many stories regarding this, one in which a local guitar player played an LP Junior through a Bassman he himself had hot-rodded. Many guys wanted his sound, and so went out, bought Bassmans, and had this guy hot-rod them. All were disappointed, and my point was really driven home when this guy strapped on one of his customer's Strats, played through the customer's amp, and still got "that sound" everyone had wanted.

Again, sorry to be appearing to discourage you. It's just that I have seen a number of people spend tons of money trying to achieve a ceartain sound, and never getting there. I would save you this pain, if possible.

Kelly



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Re: Gary Moore sound

8/22/2005 2:29 AM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Hey Kelly,

It's so true!

I could play thru Eddie van Halen's rig, and STILL sound like Chris Pinto! (for the most part)

It's OK to try and achieve a tone that you like, but you're always going to sound like yourself, no matter what you do.

I absolutely love Yngwie Malmsteen's tone, and while I try (to a degree) to get a "similar lead tone" thru my own rig, I still have my own sound, my own playing style & my own tone.

You could buy all the gear in the world, and it'll be all for nothing!

Chris



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Re: Gary Moore sound

8/22/2005 3:56 AM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Chris,

I am so glad you agree with me on this one! I'm a complete newbie here, but am an old hand on WN's sister site, AB.

Obviously, you have been around a long time over here, and I'm very glad I did not offend you. I just felt I had to speak out regarding this.

Please forgive me again, but perhaps more to the point, if Eddie were to play through your rig, he would still sound like Eddie!

I could study a player all my life, and learn similar phrasing and note choices, but in the end, I would still sound like me, and as I have said, I think this is a good thing!

Kelly



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8/22/2005 5:21 AM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

but perhaps more to the point, if Eddie were to play through your rig, he would still sound like Eddie!

ya know, I could see Eddie dropping by Chris' place for a little improptu jam. I'll give Ed a call tomorrow, see if we can set something up.





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8/22/2005 9:54 PM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Chris,

That sounds like fun! Let me know what Eddie says, willya? My schedule is pretty open for the next week or so.

Kelly





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8/25/2005 1:26 AM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Hey Chris,

If Eddie "actually" showed up at my place, I'd have a cow!

But, if you know the guy, tell him I'm home next Tuesday & Thursday, and looking foward to this "jam session"! (hint hint) LOL

Chris



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8/22/2005 7:21 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

hehe, not only have I been around HERE (Wholenote), for a long time, I've been playing for over 26 years...And believe me, I've done it all. And so has every other guitarist at one time or another...At least to some degree.

Chris



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8/22/2005 9:59 PM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Chris,

Well, not to brag, but I've been playing one thing or another for about 44 years now, and have played bass (semi) professionally since 1981. So I definitely understand your comment about having done it all.

;)


Kelly





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8/22/2005 10:19 PM

Bill North (12498) wrote:

Lots of us have Kelly.
Bill~~~







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8/25/2005 4:33 AM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Bill,

Of course lots of us have. Life goes on. However, on most sites like this, I think were a poll to be taken, we'd be in the minority, to vastly understate the case.

;)

Kelly





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8/22/2005 10:24 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Rock on! 44 years of playing! That's cool!

Chris







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8/23/2005 1:53 AM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Wow! I'm an old bastid, and people respect it! Woo Hoo!

Truly, I am not being sarcastic, and I really do appreciate it.

Kelly







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8/23/2005 2:07 AM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Eh! Age means nothing! As long as you're still playing, and having fun, that's all that matters!

Chris





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8/25/2005 1:34 AM

Mike Smith (9737) wrote:

you young people.............full of such promise you make me feel old...............wait a minute i am old.

mike





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8/25/2005 1:41 AM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Hell, I'm the one who should be feeling old!

Last 2 years I've been BLESSED with having Kidney Stones, I was in the hospital for anxiety attacks, and recently fell in the shower (hit my head and sprained my lower back) and was out of work for 2 weeks! Then on the DAY I had to go back to work, my CAR BROKE DOWN!

Hmmmmm, I hear a "Country & Western Song" here!

Chris







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8/25/2005 1:47 AM

Mike Smith (9737) wrote:

you feel old i had to laugh when the king said at 61 im the youngest member of the band.......

mate remeber what i said before dont drop the soap in the shower...............lol

mike









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8/25/2005 10:08 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

LOL, yeah, I remember.....Luckily, I'm not in prison, and I live alone!

Chris







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8/25/2005 4:47 AM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Chris,

Oh man, kidney stones! Had 'em twice, don't want 'em again. My doctor told me that mothers had told him that between childbirth and kidney stones, the kidney stones were the more painful.

BTW, they tell me if you play that "Country & Western Song" backwards, life becomes wonderful.

And before any of you country players take offense, I played in various hat bands for many years. Around here, many jazz players used to play country so they could work. All they had to do first was learn to play a straight triad!

;)

Kelly









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8/25/2005 10:11 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Yeah, I too, was told that they're worse than childbirth...(More painful, anyway)

I have had 12 stones, so far, and I'm SURE I'll get some more.

Unfortunately, once you get them, I have read that, you're more prone to getting them on a more frequent basis. Not everybody, but in many folks who have had them.

Anyway, luckily there's Percadan! YEAH BABY!!!

Chris









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8/26/2005 12:14 AM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

dilodid. i think thats how ya spell it. it also spells serious relief.

germ









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8/27/2005 10:38 PM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Chris,

What I have learned is that if you are properly hydrated, you have a much lower chance of getting them again.

Kelly









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8/27/2005 10:47 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Yeah,

That's true....I have been drinking TONS of water, but, you can still get them from many crappy foods, (especially chocolate, ice cream...etc) AND some foods that are good for you...Including Broccolli, many "greens", and some fruits, even! GO FIGURE!!! LOL

Chris







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8/25/2005 5:16 AM

Mike Smith (9737) wrote:

thought i would ask were the hospital anxiety attacks before or after you dropped the soap in the shower.................lol

mike







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8/25/2005 10:21 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

hehehe, no, I've actually had Anxiety Attacks for almost a year. Started when I lost my Grandfather last year, and they come & go.

Many things cause them, diet, lack of excersize, workplace, shallow breathing...etc...But, man, they're no fun if you get them.


All joking aside:
I thought I felt a stroke, or heart-attack coming on, and completely passed out one night during band rehearsal.

Luckily, my friend noticed I was not looking good, and I had stopped playing guitar in the midst of a song, and so he dropped his guitar quickly on my sofa, and ran over to prevent me from smashing my head on my coffee table. Apprently he saw me looking weird, grabbing my chest,and he called my name but I didn't hear him...That's when he rushed over to me.

So, they all rushed me to the hospital after I woke up (20-30 seconds later), I felt numb, arms hurt, had chest pains, and was dizzy. Luckily, I lived across the street from the hospital!!!

I went thru 3 weeks of testing, heart monitors, blood tests, MRI's, CT Scans, man, I was scared to death, only to have ALL the doctors tell me "We can't find a damn thing wrong with you...Your heart is working great, no signs of ANY heart problem, and it's basically stress attacks"

Man, if that ain't enough to scare the CRAP out of anyone, I don't know what is!

Chris







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8/26/2005 12:14 AM

Mike Smith (9737) wrote:

yeah mate i understand..........some time ago i started to feel depressed about everything and nothing seemed to matter anymore.

now im not depressed but hey the only things that mean anything to me now is my family and my music.

mike





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8/25/2005 4:35 AM

Kelly Marsh (390) wrote:

Eh? What's that you say? You young people, always mumbling!

;)

Kelly



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8/22/2005 10:43 PM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

And believe me, I've done it all

show us some pics? hehehe

germ



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8/22/2005 11:31 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Sssshhhhhhh! Don't tell anybody about those!

Chris



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8/23/2005 5:40 AM

Chris Russell (3044) wrote:

ROTFLMAO!!! oh, my side....



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8/25/2005 2:05 AM

Mike Smith (9737) wrote:

so which is you dont want us to see........the animal ones..............lol

hey guess what canadians have found two new uses for sheep

meat and wool............lol

mike



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8/26/2005 12:14 AM

Edd Robins (6260) wrote:

I am going to Vancouver this coming week. I'll have to check the sheep thing out. Should I ask them about it when I reach the border crossing? Edd



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8/26/2005 1:45 AM

Mike Smith (9737) wrote:

just make sure you have been dipped and wormed mate also look out for blow flies and crutch rot.

mike

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