Gary Moore Signature Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster!

Gary Moore Signature Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster!

Here at GAK, we were fortunate that Gary Moore was one of our regular customers, we were his local guitar shop. Hearing him try out guitar, amps and pedals in our store was always a treat- and he would usually demo stuff at a really unsociable volume. Not ideal if you are trying to make a phone call but nobody minded as he was such an amazing player! And a nice guy to boot.

Gary Moore Signature Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster

So we’re really pleased to be able to offer one of the very limited John Cruz reproductions of Gary’s ’61 Strat. Since 1987, when he first joined Fenders production line, Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz has dreamed of creating a reproduction of Gary’s famous Fiesta Red Stratocaster. John Cruz has been a huge fan of Gary Moore for many years and sees this run of his guitars as being “the ultimate tribute to the man and his fans”. When he was offered the chance to analyze Moore’s original instrument and create this peerless reproduction, he enthusiastically obliged. Cruz experimented endlessly with the notoriously variable Resta Red colour, matching the precise shade on Moore’s guitar, and lovingly reproduced every hard-won battle scar on the guitar. Moore’s instrument was close to “stock,” including the original-spec low-output pickups and traditional 3-way pickup switch. The only modifications were the addition of copper shielding in the cavity and jumbo frets. Cruz’ masterful replica accurately reflects these modifications—even going so far as incorporating a 10″-radius rosewood fingerboard that reflects the original after many years of hard play and multiple re-frets. The pickups are Cruz’ own “Bonetone” design, hand wound by Josefina Campos, and packed full of soulful, authentic Fender tone. Highly articulate with punchy dynamics, these low-output, hand wound pickups reproduce every note with pristine, bell-like clarity.

The Custom Shop’s boundless attention to detail even extends to the included accessories. The guitar comes with a custom Cruz-designed Anvil case with Moore’s logo stencilled on it, adding tour-worthy protection for the remarkable instrument and housing the included documentation. It also includes two recreations of Moore’s preferred straps: the studded leather strap he used with the guitar early on and the DiMarzio strap with white clip locks that was added later in the guitar’s tour of duty.

Gary Moore Signature Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster

Known for his fierce, take-no-prisoners virtuosic guitar playing that encompassed every style from jazz-fusion and progressive rock to heavy metal and blues, Irish guitarist Gary Moore set the world afire every time he took the stage or entered a studio.

Since 1987, when he first joined Fender’s production line, Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz has dreamed of creating a reproduction of the 1961 Fiesta Red Stratocaster Moore, his favourite guitarist, favoured in the ’80s, as “the ultimate tribute to the man and his fans.” When he was offered the chance to analyze Moore’s original instrument and create this peerless reproduction, he enthusiastically obliged. Cruz experimented endlessly with the notoriously variable Fiesta Red colour, matching the precise shade on Moore’s guitar, and lovingly reproduced every hard-won battle scar on the guitar.

Gary Moore Signature Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster

Moore’s instrument was close to “stock,” including the original-spec low-output pickups and traditional 3-way pickup switch. The only modifications were the addition of copper shielding in the cavity and jumbo frets. Cruz’ masterful replica accurately reflects these modifications—even going so far as incorporating a 10”-radius rosewood fingerboard that reflects the original after many years of hard play and multiple re-frets. The pickups are Cruz’ own “Bonetone” design, hand wound by Josefina Campos, and packed full of soulful, authentic Fender tone.