Gary Moore’s 1955 Gibson Les Paul Junior

Gary was first seen using this guitar during the Thin Lizzy 1979 Black Rose Tour. According to Gary, the guitar used to belong to Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. [Gary Moore at No.73, 1987]

Snapshot from Gary Moore at No.73, 1987, YouTube

Unfortunately at this time, not much is known about the guitar. Gary likely got it between mid and late 1978, when he shared a stage a number of times with Steve and The Greedy Bastards. If you happen to know more, be sure to leave a comment below.


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2 years ago

I may be wrong, but is that the guitar Steve Jones using in this video: Gary Moore playing besides him. The Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, UK; July 29, 1978

1 year ago

Maybe it is the same guitar he plays here….

Pete Cummins
Pete Cummins
10 months ago

In 1972 I was the tour manager for an American tour with Irish rock group Skid Row, Gary Moore was the Guitar player in this 3 piece. Cincinnati was one of the cities on the tour. When we were there Gary saw an ad for a Gibson Les Paul Junior somewhere about 50 miles from the city, he asked me to drive him there and I did. We went to a private house in a rural location and Gary went into the house while I waited outside, about 15 minutes later Gary emerged with the guitar and a battered case. That was certainly his first Les Paul Junior.

Last edited 10 months ago by Pete Cummins