Gary Moore – Hamer Explorer
Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, he has played with artists including Thin Lizzy,Colosseum II, Greg Lake and the blues-rock bandSkid Row as well as having a successful solo career. Among many cameo appearances over the years, he performed the lead guitar solo on “She’s My Baby” from The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
The Guitar Details, History and Prominence
According to Hamer’s records, this guitar was completed and shipped with a natural finish Standard #0731 to Gary Moore on 31/08/84. It could be assumed that the pickups were Hamer Slammers, built by DiMarzio, and since the guitar was sent to Mr. Moore, the neck pickup was probably wired with reverse polarity. Steve Matthers, an expert on Hamer says “Hamer Standards in Natural with the matching flame headstock are rare (I’d guess no more than two or three were made)”.
This Hamer guitar was purchased directly from Gary Moore through his guitar tech Graham Tilly.
I’ve confirmed that we did indeed build and ship a “Natural Finish” guitar serial # 0731 for Gary Moore. It was invoiced on August 31, 1984 and shipped via air freight to Dirk Sommer in England. Dirk was handling the logistics of Gary’s equipment purchases. Gary purchased and paid for this guitar (our invoice # 18917) as is our usual practice with artists. Gary was pictured with it in a number of photos including the now famous poster with Phil Lynott.“Jol Dantzig”