In July of 1999 Gibson
commemorated the launch of the latest Gibson signature guitar - the
Scotty Moore model - based on the original ES 295 Scotty
played in the early '50s. Initially these guitars were ordered
from the custom shop and sold by catalog by Scotty's long-time friend
Jacques Vroom. Only 15 were believed
to have been produced. Each of 12 of the guitars ordered through
Jacques' catalog were personalized by Scotty for
the owners before the last clear coat was applied. Another was
sold to a friend of Stan Perkins and the last was donated for to an
auction for a Carl Perkins charity.
The first of the new 'Scotty Moore'
instruments, #SM001 was presented to Scotty by Gibson CEO Henry
Juszkiewicz at a party
held at Beatles producer Sir George Martin's North London Air
Studios. The signature guitars marked the start of an aggressive
campaign by the Nashville-based company to step up sales across
Europe. The guitar had been on loan and display at the Rock 'N
Soul Museum in Memphis, TN. At some point the guitar was
re-equipped with a different tailpiece and bridge to more accurately
resemble the way Scotty had modified his 1953. During the fall of
2003 it was on display at the Valley Arts Guitar store in Nashville to
commemorate his 50 years playing Gibson guitars and has since been
returned to the Memphis Rock
'N Soul Museum.
* As per Scotty's will, this guitar, when
returned to the estate, was auctioned along with other items and
proceeds distributed amongst his heirs. The guitar sold at
auction at Graceland on August 12, 2017 for $20,000.00 ($25k
including the buyers premium).
Scotty and Sir George Martin
Alvin Lee and Scotty at Air Studios - July 13, 1999
The event at Air Studio was held July 13, 1999. In
attendance that day with Scotty and DJ were, among others, Sir George
Martin, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Alvin Lee, Jack Bruce, Gary Moore and
Scotty, Alvin Lee, Ian Conningham, Pete Pritchard and Peter Davenport at
Air Studios - July 13, 1999
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