VINNIE MOORE GUITARS - Pre DeanVinnie signed with Dean guitars in 2007 - this page focuses on all guitars pre-2007
This page is all Vinnie's related, pre-Dean Guitars:
Music Man "Silhouette" Special
Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez Vinnie Moore Signature VM1SH
Ibanez Roadstar DX Series
2004 Interview: Then and Now.
Tell us about your collection of guitar gear, and which pieces were used on the tracks for Defying Gravity.
Another guitar I use a lot is a Music Man Axis. I have a Music Man Albert Lee model I used on one of the tunes on the new record called “Emotion Overload.”
I also have a 1960 Reissue Les Paul that was used for some of the tracking. I have three Strats, late-’80s models, an early-’90s Tele and an old Danelectro that I used a little bit on the new record and on the Maze record. I don’t know what year it was made, but it’s pretty old. A friend found it at a garage sale and paid $5 for it, then gave it to me. It’s one of the ones like Page used to play. It’s got a unique sound and I used it for some rhythm parts on different tracks.
For acoustic work, I have a 24-fret Washburn Stephens extended cutaway, which has a special cutaway that allows you to get all the way up on the neck. It was made by Stephen Davies and Washburn came out with it in the ’80s. It has a pickup in it, but I always mic it when I record because I think it sounds better.
Amp-wise, I used a Marshall JCM 800 50-watt head for a lot of the tracks. It’s one of the two-channel models with reverb (model 2205). That’s an amp that sounds great when you record, but if you crank it up, it sounds too bright and trebly. I also have a Boogie Dual Rectifier and a Carvin Legacy that I used on some of the tracks.
The amps all have their own unique tonal characteristics, so they were selected on a part-by-part basis, depending on what was right for the part. As far as effects, I’m using a Roland 1680 Digital Studio Work Station and that has built-in effects. So when I’m recording, I pretty much use the delays and reverb and everything I need right from the Roland itself.
I have some outboard gear, and one thing that’s really important is a Daking 52270 mic pre-amp. It’s a new design modeled after the old Trident and Neve models, so it’s got a real vintage sound. I run everything through that before I go to my digital recorder. I also have an ART Pro VLA tube compressor, which for acoustic guitars is pretty much a necessity.
I still have some stompboxes, like a Dunlop Crybaby wah, a Boss OC-2 octave pedal, a Boss DD-3 digital delay, a T.C. Electronic chorus and flanger.
Another thing I used on the record was a Digitech 2101 preamp/processor. When I was doing my demos, I’d use it to put down fake keyboard patch sounds. But I ended up keeping a lot of those tracks on the record that you might think are keyboards, like on the song “Out And Beyond.” There are no keyboards on that song at all – it’s all guitar. There’s also a lot of guitar/fake keyboards on “If I Could.”
HSS Fender Strat was used for the Out of Nowhere release,
thereafter the EBMM association before settling down with Dean today.
Seymour Duncan posting in 2006
About this thread. This is my first time here.
Vinnie didn't record with this guitar, having just completed 'MELTDOWN', Vinnie did however
use it on the MELTDOWN video and also took the TALON out with him on tour.
By the time the following album (Out of Nowhere) was ready
to record Heartfield had ceased to exist, so Vinnie used his HSS Fender Strat for that album.
The company was a joint operation between the American and the Japanese branches of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Guitars were manufactured in Japan. Heartfield produced four models of guitars, each with various sub-model categories. The core models consisted of the RR, Elan, EX, and Talon. The RR series was one of the first to offer retro styling while the Talon was a more mass-produced line targeting metal and hard rock guitarists. Some of the models had active electronics, including built-in effects.
The Talon line of Heartfield guitars is a 'superstrat' design invoking a double-locking Floyd Rose Tremolo, a combination of single and humbucker pickups, jumbo frets, thin radius neck, and was aimed primarily at the heavy metal and hard rock genre. Despite a reputable build quality for having been made in the same factory as the Ibanez JEM guitar line, the Talon series incurred high sale prices that discouraged overall sales. At the time, sale prices for the high-end Talon V guitar were listed at $1169.99 USD. The lack of sales was compounded by the failing value of the Yen in the early 1990s compared to the US Dollar. Add to this the overall decline in popularity of 'superstrat' guitars through the early 1990s (attributed to emerging non-metal genres such as grunge and alternative) and Heartfield was forced to end operations in 1993.
(Second from left in above photo)
1991 Floyd Rose Quiz Advert
The above feature appears in the Fender Frontine No. 4 magazine and this
along with the 'Fender Heartfield Demo' in Australia can be viewed HERE
Click on the above images to view
For an amazing source of all Heartfield guitars...
THIS POSTED ONHEARTFIELD GUITARS forum posted DECEMBER 2012
A while ago I discovered Vinnie Moore on Facebook. I messaged him:
Another addition in reposnse to the posting:
Nice work Cronos
you can READ and look up other related Heartfield guitars HERE
...visit the HEARTFIELD CENTRAL website
AS ADVERTISED ON e-bay (Jan/Feb 2016):
This guitar is a RARE RARE RARE One of a kind signed Fender/Heartfield Talon V Vinnie Moore custom Contest/Giveaway from 1992 in Mystic White.
There was only 1 of these made and was given to a local Fender dealer who has now been in business for 50 years as of 2015 and the largest around the area. The owner's son of the store received this one and the head guitar instructor also received a STOCK one at that time as part of a Fender/Heartfield Promo. Guess it didn't hurt to have a little pull with being one of the top Fender dealers in the state too.
As seen in the Heartfiled contest ad in the auction...this is a Vinnie Moore Custom signature model that never materialized for production and found out that Fender/Heartfield were known to do a lot of contest and promo's via Fender Frontline and the other guitar magazines and gave away quite a few instruments but nothing like this.
Since this is a VM Custom Heartfield Talon....You will not find any Talon with 22 frets/sharkfin with only 2 humbuckers and only one control knob with input jack on the front of the body not on the side.Someone asked me to reluctantly take off the pickguard to see the routing hence you can see that it's factory custom routed for 2 humbuckers only with numbers written inside the routing.
It's in superb condition and actually sat in the music store for over 20 years.....
The owner has a picture of Vinnie signing the guitars that's floating around in the building somewhere but could not find it. If he ever finds it....I will mail it out to You.
When I purchased the guitar,I so much wanted Vinnie to get some pics and see what info. he had about these guitars......so pics of the guitar were then sent to Vinnie via Rich Karsmakers...an awesome guy who runs the Heartfield forum along with a couple of other top guitar sites and Vinnie replied that the sig on the guitar is definately his and that he may have even posssibly owned it at one time but can't exactly remember and that there were in fact a bunch of Fender/Heartfield giveaway/contest at that time but I'm pretty sure Vinman is playing the actual guitar for a few seconds in the MELTDOWN video. On Y.T...punch in the video and go to the second one which is much clearer (about the 10th video down) at the times of 1:36 with Vinnie and Greg Smith and then at 2:17 with Vinnie by himself getting down. If You blink....You will almost miss it so I've Taken some screen shots of the guitar in the Meltdown video.
THIS RELATED AND WAS POSTED ON the HEARTFIELD FORUM:
December 16th 2014:
Fender/Talon / Vinnie Moore Prototype
Hey Guys, Happy Holidays and Proud to be a new member. This is a rather long post so bear with me.
I did see Vinnie Moore a couple of times in the 90's and I'm a massive fan... Once with Shotgun Messiah in Pittsburgh (Vinnie headlined) and once with another band but can not remember who the band was. He always played his blue Talon through the entire shows and he also had a red talon I believe.
SITE ADMIN: Dec 31st 2014
I contacted Vinnie. His response:
SITE ADMIN: Jan 3rd 2015
I am doing a site update at the moment,and will also add the axe to the galleries. I was thinking about which gallery and I'm going to put it in with the Talon III. The reason? It's a Talon III body (it needs to fit a Floyd Rose Pro tremolo and it needs to have the neck pickup in a position for a 22-fret neck). Talon IV and V bodies have the neck pickup more towards the bridge, and they need a 24-fret neck. So my conclusion is that it's a Talon III minus the middle pickup, minus the tone control, with different fretboard inlays.
Originl poster: FEB 25th 2015
Thanks Guys, You are finally noticing.
The Ibanez VM1, also known as the Ibanez Star-4, is a signature guitar model of American guitarist Vinnie Moore. It is the only Vinnie Moore series model Ibanez made. It only appears in the 1989 catalog but production presumably started as early as 1987.
The VM1 is based on the 1986 Roadstar model, a shape Ibanez abandoned for regular production models after 1987. It has an ebony fingerboard and DiMarzio pickups. Unique feature is the Edge II tremolo, a non-locking version of the original Edge. It was the first signature model featuring the All Access Neck Joint.
The VM1 was available in two finishes: white with a black pickguard and a more flashy "Splash" finish with a white pickguard.
Vinnie Moore is one of the most famous guitar players and also one of the hardest working guitarists today. His unique style and magnificent proficiency have granted Vinnie a ticket into the Ibanez signature artist family. His signature guitar looks very much like his signature strat, it`s flat, solid and double-cut. Body is made of mahogany in it`s entirety and it is paired with a maple neck. White and Splash color schemes are assigned to this model. They are both finished in high gloss. Bridge on this model is a non-locking variant of the Edge tremolo system. Pickups are DiMarzio passive humbuckers in both the bridge and neck positions. Maple neck is made of a single piece of wood and it`s topped with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.
1987/88 - Ibanez Guitars Advert
1988 - Ibanez Guitars Advert
VINNIE MOORE - IBANEZ - PROMO PHOTO
Ibanez SML Super Metal Pedal
The Ibanez SML Super Metal Pedal made in Japan. This is the same model of pedal that Vinnie Moore used to record his classic Mind's Eye album in 1986. These pedals are becoming very rare now 30 years later - a vintage piece of 80s shred guitar gear.
Runs on battery or 9v DC adaptor.
1988 - Ibanez Guitars Advert
1988 - Vinnie with his Fender Telecaster
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