|The Starlite Wranglers|
Around that time Phillips got word that a kid in Nashville was looking to record a single and Phillips asked Moore to listen to him sing. Scotty Moore was blown away and suggested that Phillips book a session, which was meant to be an audition for Elvis.
|Scotty, Elvis and Bill Black|
Because Elvis sounded Black, and these were the days before civil rights, Bill Black commented,"Damn. Get that on the radio and they'll run us out of town."
Elvis and the group followed up with a rockin’ version of the Bill Monroe song, Blue Moon of Kentucky. For a brief time Scotty Moore was Elvis’ manager.
|Elvis and the original band|
|Elvis is drafted|
In 1958 Elvis was drafted into the U.S. Army. During Elvis’ Army years Scotty Moore kept busy at another studio called Fernwood Records. In 1960 Moore backed up Elvis in sessions at RCA studios in Nashville and Moore also served as production manager for Sam Phillips Recording Service.
|Elvis, Bill, Scotty, Sam Phillips|
|The Guitar That Changed The World|
|Scotty with Gibson ES-295|
Though Scotty Moore is best known for using his 1952 Gibson ES-295, he has owned and made use of at least seventeen guitar throughout his career.
|Scotty Moore Signature Model|
|Scotty Moore's 1952 Esquire|
Moore’s first professional electric guitar was a 1952 Fender Esquire. He purchased this guitar and a Fender Deluxe amp upon leaving the Navy in 1952. At some point a Stratocaster pickup was added to it. Moore stated that he did not like the small body and traded it for his first Gibson ES-295.
|Scotty with ES-295|
In 1953 he purchased the ES-295 through the OK Houck Piano Company of Memphis Tennessee and played it during his first years in Presley’s band.
|Scotty Moore's 1954 L-5|
In 1955 Moore went back to this same music store and traded the ES-295 for a Gibson L-5 CESN. The L-5 was a very expensive guitar even in those days. The music store charged Scotty $629.28 for the L-5 and $52.56 for the case but gave him a credit of $225.00 for his Telecaster. Scotty Moore used this guitar through 1957 on many Elvis recordings, including Mystery Train. He also used it on stage for Presley concerts.
|Moore's Super 400|
He wound up giving it to recording engineer and record producer Chips Moman. In April of 2000 Moman put it up for auction at Christie’s and it fetched £58,000.
|1963 Super 400|
By 1963 Moore ordered another Gibson Super 400 CES directly from Gibson/Chicago Musical Instruments. This time the guitar cost $472.00, with the case included. He traded in a Gibson EB-6 bass and was given $235.50 for the bass with its original case. This version had a Florentine cut-a-way instead of the Venetian (rounded) cutaway that was on his 1955 model.
|Elvis with Scotty's Super 400|
Here is a famous picture of Elvis playing Moore’s Super 400.
|1938 Epiphone Masterbuilt Spartan|
The fret markers were notched mother-of-pearl blocks. The headstock was also bound and had a Doric column inlay below the inlaid Epiphone logo. A vintage DeArmond pickup was added. The guitar had a single volume control was mounted on the pickguard. Moore purchased this at a guitar show.
|Scotty with 1976 L-5 CES|
The next day Moore came back with an old Gibson and Magnatone amp as payment for the guitar. It seems Scotty’s favorite Gibson guitar is the L-5 and he frequently played this one at his home.
|1981 '59 ES-335 reissue|
During the 1990’s Scotty made another visit to Guitar Network and while there purchased a blonde 1981 Gibson ES-335. He gifted this guitar to a friend in 1994.
|1983 Super 400 CESN|
In 1987 Scotty purchased another Super 400 CESN from Cartee Music.. This one was a 1983 model that cost him $1500. Scotty used this guitar on a 1992 recording with Carl Perkins and on tours. Moore had this guitar modified by having a Nashville luthier install a sound post. This guitar resides in the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville.
|Gibson Country Gentleman|
The body was finished in “Country Gentleman Brown”. The pickups were specially designed and built by Ray Butts. When Moore went back to touring and playing in 1993 he used this guitar.
|Scotty with 2nd Country Gentleman|
After an airlines nearly lost Scotty’s Chet Atkin’s Country Gentleman prototype, Moore purchased another one. This one had the same modifications done to it as the original.
|Yamaha AEX 1500|
The saddle and nut were made of bone. The strings were attached to a trapeze tailpiece. Moore had put a mute behind the bridge.
|Custom Shop '52 Esquire|
Mike Elred went on to become the manager of the Fender Custom Shop. In 1997 Elred presented Scotty Moore with a custom made Fender Esquire guitar. Scotty did not like the feel of the neck since it was too wide. Eldred had it redone and sent it back to him with the neck plate engraved with the phrase, “Custom buit for Scotino.”
|Scotty with Tal Farlow|
|'02 L-5 CES|
During the winter of 2002 and 2003 Scotty was ill. As a get well gift Gibson president Henry Juszkiewicz sent Moore a 2002 Gibson L-5 CES. In 2004 Moore donated this instrument to the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.
|Gibson L-5 CT|
The fret position markers were made of spectacular abalone as was the truss rod cover. The inlaid flower pot emblem was specially made with a g-clef coming out of it. The trapeze tailpiece was custom etched.
|Fender Deluxe 5B3|
He used the Fender Deluxe until 1955 when he purchased an EchoSonic custom built amp, built by Ray Butts.
|Scotty with EchoSonic amp|
The EchoSonic was purchased and financed through the same music store. This was the same amplifier that Chet Atkins was using. This amplifier put out 25 watts of power. The unique thing about the EchoSonic amp is the tape delay unit that was housed in the bottom of the amplifier.
Much like the Echoplex delay, the Echo-sonic utilized a tape recorder that featured an adjustable sound-on-sound feature that recorded the players track and immediately replayed it milliseconds later. The length of delay was adjustable by moving one of the tape heads. Ray Butts played accordion in a band in Illinois, but tinkered with electronics. He had only built two amplifiers before Scotty ordered his. Ray Butts amplifiers are extremely rare finds since they were custom made. Scotty used this amp through 1968.
|Gibson GA-77RVT Vanguard Amp|
|Gibson Super 400 Amplifier|
|Magnatone Victory Amplifier|
|Fender Dual Professional Amp|
The reverb control included dwell, mix and tone controls. The amp also featured a vintage style tremolo section. The Dual Professional weighed 70 pounds. Moore used this amplifier through 2001 when he purchased a much lighter Peavey Classic 30.
|Peavey Classic 30|
Though he did not take it on the road, Scotty owned a Gibson Super Goldtone GA-30RV amplifier. It had an output of 30 watts through a 10” and 12” Celestion speaker.
|Magnatone 213 Troubadour|
In early photos of Elvis performances one thing that stood out for this observer was an old tweed Fender Bassman amplifier, which I thought was Scotty Moore's amp. It was purchased by the group for use as a P.A. System. Elvis had one microphone and the other was placed in front of Bill Blacks Kay string bass.
Links to the sources for all the pictures can be found by clicking on the caption or clicking on the links in the text.