Brian Moore, MC/1 Custom Shop Guitar, 1994


Brian Moore
MC/1 Custom
Serial Number: 
Trans Green
Quilted Maple
Seymour Duncan
The Story Behind


About the Maker:

Brian Moore was founded in 1992 as a manufacturer of high end, custom made electrics guitars, blending art with technology. The first instrument design was the MC/1, a joint design effort between Brian Moore and Patrick Cummings, that featured an ergonomic neck thru design. It blended the strength and sustain of advanced composite material with the tone and beauty of wood.

Brian Moore was Ned Steinberger’s right hand man, reportedly in charge of the moulding of the graphite resin parts. He broke away in the early 90’s and started making his own line of high-end guitars, launching with the above mentioned MC/1.

It uses a single carbon fibre/resin ‘monocoque’ floorpan, to which the headstock facing, fingerboard and exotic wood body front are all attached, creating a chambered, curved and very modern-looking solid body guitar. It also has an innovative jack socket bevelled into an inconspicuous point high on the rear of the body at a very cable-friendly angle.

The company had a tough time in its early years – the instruments were very expensive considering their apparent ease of manufacture and their quite radical design didn’t seem to appeal to players.

All the earliest examples were hand signed by the maker, and this is a very early serial number (number 25).

Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), of whom TYS has two guitars in the vault, describes the MC/1:

"Only a limited number of these fine instruments are custom made each year. The Brian Moore Company came to me in their first year of production, and asked for my advice on their instruments, and for my endorsement. So for starters, I had this one built to my personal specifications - I left my '63 Strat with them for several weeks, explaining which characteristics I wanted them to hone in on and emulate, and gave them some other ideas to pursue as well. They did a great job. The pickups are extremely sweet and responsive; having said that, its treble pickup will bite hard if that's what you want ...and the space-age-material body is virtually indestructible! This MC/1 is, in my opinion, quite the 21st century instrument. The future has arrived. The serial number is 450 - not because it was the 450th guitar, but because they asked me if I'd like to choose a serial number, and since 9 is my lucky number ...well, do the math.”

After the MC/1 the all wood C-series design came next and echoed many of the unique design elements of the flagship MC/1 such as the comfort contoured top, sculpted headstock and the highest figured maple wood tops available.

Brian Moore continues building electric guitars today.

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 About the Guitar:

This is a Brian Moore MC/1 Custom solid graphite guitar with a quilted maple top in Trans Green color. It is hand signed by Brian Moore. Serial number 25, one of the very early ones.

This comes from the private collection of Ed Roman, guitar guru from Las Vegas.

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