Gear of the Year RESULTS: Best Guitars of 2013 Revealed

What did SonicState readers and staff choose as the best guitar of the year?   09-Dec-13

4. Gibson Gary Moore Signature Les Paul

Our first thought when we saw this guitar unveiled at MusikMesse in Frankfurt this year was "hubba, hubba" - that thought still remains with us.

 The memory of Gary Moore also remains with us, after his death in 2011, and this guitar is a great testament to his life and legacy.

Gibson carefully took their time in releasing this tribute to the great man, and the attention to detail comes right down to the mismatched volume and tone knobs.

The story goes that guitarists would switch tone or volume controls with each other as a sign of mutual respect after a gig, or a jam, and there must have been a few players queueing up to switch with Gary Moore.

Contrary to common assumption, this guitar isn't based on the guitar given to Gary by Peter Green, this guitar is actually based on a guitar Gary had warmed to in his later years.

A big old beautiful mahogany body, 50's profile mahogany neck, Burstbucker pickups, and one of prettiest finishes you'll ever see on a guitar. The Gibson Gary Moore Signature Les Paul comes in at number four in the SonicState Gear of the Year Awards guitar category.

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Jordan    Said...

A Chapman ML3-RC made number 1? I'm sorry but now way. Who the $%#k is voting on these "gear of the year" surveys? The results are total BS as far as I'm concerned.

09-Dec-13 06:50 PM


Drop B    Said...

Jordan, you're not aware that no one shares the same opinions? Besides, I've got a Chapman ML3-RC as well as a few other makes such as Gibson, two from Ibanez out of Japan and a couple of Fenders, and this ML3-RC is right up there with them to say the least. It is just as good quality, especially taken into account it's South Korean made, Seymour Duncan Pick-Ups and is incredibly well put together as well as very versatile. At £599, it's an absolute bargain. There's no surprise of the results!

09-Dec-13 07:25 PM


Jordan    Said...

What a load of baloney. The surveys are BS as far as I'm concerned. People, probably from the companies involved, are spam voting to get their no-name guitars at the top of the list.

09-Dec-13 07:49 PM


Johnny Bones    Said...

I'm looking at the so-called "winners" and thinking "Yeah right…" This reminds me of what you see on Youtube in the comments section where people will post some spam comment for a porn site or whatever and then vote for it 100 times to get it to the top of the comments. Because it's so easy to skew the results in these surveys, they're completely irrelevant. Over time they'll be the laughing stock of the internet if they aren't there already. I know I won't waste my time voting or even looking at these again in the future.

09-Dec-13 08:16 PM


No Use For A Name    Said...

@Johnny Bones It seems like your missing that the top five is selected by panel. The Chapman ML-3 was voted into the final five, but it was chosen for the number one spot by the writers, not the readers.

10-Dec-13 06:42 AM


No Use for No-Names    Said...

The bogus results of these contests have just been insulting. I have no respect for this site anymore. I'm outta here!

10-Dec-13 11:14 AM


Paul B.    Said...

These were little more than advertisements disguised as "contests" and I for one was offended by the absurd results. I won't be visiting this site anymore.

10-Dec-13 11:47 AM


Recount!    Said...

I'm another one who was offended by this.

10-Dec-13 12:37 PM


billy the kid.    Said...

Number 1...yer...lol...

A Chapman ML3-RC made number 1? I'm sorry but now way. ^

10-Dec-13 12:59 PM


Zimca    Said...

Another vote for a recount...

10-Dec-13 01:19 PM


So Use For A Name    Said...

Lol, surely if people want a recount they should've just voted in the first place?

10-Dec-13 03:28 PM


Scratch M. Back    Said...

What good did it do to vote when there was under the table handshaking going on?

10-Dec-13 08:13 PM


Tom Boy    Said...

I'm not going to say these results are fake, but that is one UGLY looking guitar.

10-Dec-13 08:57 PM


Crankit Oryankit    Said...

So Use For A Name, what makes you so sure those demanding a recount didn't vote? Do you know something we don't?

10-Dec-13 09:08 PM


champ    Said...

I'm not a guitar player (do get a Moog Guitar coming today :p) Wouldn't it be cool to have a left handed Top 3 or something? Or would someone care to post his or her top 3 left handed guitars? Thanks

12-Dec-13 04:49 AM


Randy Marsh    Said...

I'm sorry but now way

06-Mar-14 09:31 PM


Randy Marsh    Said...

I'm sorry but now way

06-Mar-14 09:31 PM


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