Brian Moore I88.13

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Brian Moore

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Posted By Bill North (12505)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 1/17/2004, Bill North (12505) posted:
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Price: $510.00
Where Obtained: eBay (SOCIETY HILL LOAN, Pittsburg,PA)
Features:
Hand Crafted in China (from headstock)
Mahogany Body with flame maple cap
Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
22 medium fret 15" radius bolt-on neck
2 humbucker pickups
1 piezo pickup
1 magnetic pickup volume and tone
1 piezo pickup volume
1 midi output volume
1 13 pin guitar/midi interface connector
1 midi/up/down selector
1 piezo/both/magnetic pickup selector switch
Book matched flame-maple cap
Transparent purple finish
Fixed bridge with string-thru contoured body
iMoore Brand tuners
Playability:
This guitar plays like butter. It came with action lower than I'm accustomed, and have adjusted my techniques accordingly, along with the action of my other guitars. I've found that I get less hand fatigue now. The neck is thin and wide, yet is extremely stable. I can change between the Brian Moore and my Fender Stratacaster with very little variation in feel. The Brian moore has faster action in my opinion. It's construction is one piece flame maple with a rosewood fretboard. The frets are medium highs and allow bends easily and cleanly. The 25 1/2 " scale allows for a full rich harmonic complex sound for the pickups. The neck is 15 " radius adding to the ease of expression without bottoming out on the neck. The neck finished in a satin coat that remains fast under gigging conditions. I sweat a lot on stage and this neck remains clean and without becoming sticky. It has abalone fret markers for the full 22 fret scale with side markers to match.
Sound Quality:
This model was made before they started putting Semour Duncan pickups in the iGuitar series, so they were the iMoore Alnico-2's. They sounded a little thin for my taste, so I replaced them with a Gibson Clasic '57 at the neck and a Gibson BurstBucker at the bridge position. This made this guitar sing and sound top notch and compliments the tone woods.

The bridge transponder is a RMC piezo with individual string output. There's a 9 volt battery in the back of the body to power the piezo pre-amp and guitar/midi interface. The piezo is a pretty convincing acoustic guitar sound but tends to be a bit brittle and ice pickish. Nothing a little post EQ can't cure, though.

I haven't gotten a guitar midi interface yet, so I can't comment on that feature, yet. I'll update the review when I get the hardware and sort out the details.
Durability:
I really can say yet, but the components are good quality. The switches and pots are smooth and solid feeling. I'm going to change the tuners to Sperzle locking tuners and I'll pretty match the hardware of the i2000 series. I replaced the strap locks with locking type because I really don't want to drop this puppy. The bottom strap lock is on the rear of the guitar so that it locks the rear body jack (guitar cord), and is tucked away. The 13-pin jack is at the bottom of the body which will be in the way when you put the guitar downn with the 13-pin cable plugged in.