Dating a gibson melody maker
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At some point circa 1967, Peter took out the neck pickup, and played the guitar only using the lead (bridge) pickup.
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.
Gary Moore is most often associated with playing Gibson Les Paul guitars.
It previously belonged to Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower, who appeared with the Les Paul on numerous occasions until 1970.
[Skid Row (Gary Moore) – An Awful Lot Of Woman / Unco-Up Showband Blues – Live, 1971 (Remastered)] Based on few visual clues the guitar seems to be a modified early 50s goldtop.
The pickups are P90s with black plastic covers and a matching toggle switch cover, and the guitar is fitted with three 50s barrel knobs and one reflector knob.
The finish on the body look amateur-ish red sunburst refinish, since the red seems to fade much closer to the center than on factory models.
The most promising clue to give us the exact dating of the guitar is the trapeze tailpiece.
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As said, Gary used this guitar very briefly and it pretty much disappeared after mid 1972.