THE MOOG GUITAR > Paul Vo Collector Edition

“The guitar is on the drugs, not me, I swear! Here you try it, Officer!” I was trying my best not to sweat or stutter. The excitement under my fingertips was too much to control.List Price: $6,495.00

“The guitar is on the drugs, not me, I swear! Here you try it, Officer!” I was trying my best not to sweat or stutter. The excitement under my fingertips was too much to control.

“That is the coolest thing I’ve ever come across in 20 years on the beat. You’re absolutely right!” he retorted in amazement. He paused, looked me in the eyes, and cracked his lips with a selfish grimace as he said the worst thing I could have expected. “We’re going to have to take this from you now.”

Of course, this never happened, but I’m sure it will as more people get their hands on this revolutionary instrument. Different sounding styles, makes and models of guitars appear on the market every day claiming originality. The profound draw to this six-shooter is found in its electronics, which isn’t surprising considering the effect the Moog Company has had on professional audio instruments since the early 1950s. Bob Moog left the company in 1977, but the idea of an advanced guitar technology was demonstrated shortly before he left with the Gibson RD Artist. This collaboration between Bob Moog and Gibson (both owned by Norlin at the time), sported active circuitry, compression, expansion, and a switchable bright mode. Various models ran between ā€˜77 and ā€˜79.

Moog engineer Paul Vo carries on the Moog legacy with the first official Moog Guitar. The technology harnessed in the custom-patented pickups builds on the idea of complimentary guitar electronics and trumps it with stunning allure. No guitar in history has had the ability to produce infinite sustain, which is achieved in a surprisingly organic fashion. The best way to explain it is that the pickups both listen to and control the string simultaneously. Moog calls this their Harmonic Control System. It is not to be confused with common sustain technologies. Dependant on which mode is selected, the pickup has the ability to stimulate each string individually or stifle their resonance, like a dampener. The ability to infinitely sustain or mute the strings allows for a palette of textures and sounds never before achieved with a guitar.

The power supply/foot pedal allows for even more control, attaching via a five-pin XLR. The black knobs and switches control the common guitar features, such as pickup selection and volume. The various Moog modes are all controlled by the gold knobs and switches. The learning curve is fairly quick.

There are three different “modes” on the Paul Vo. Full Sustain allows for infinite sustain, anywhere on the fretboard and on any string. In Controlled Sustain, you can play sustained single or polyphonic lines without muting. And in Mute Mode, all energy is removed from the strings which allows for an array of staccato articulations. This mode has never, ever been heard on any guitar until now; it’s unbelievable.

The strings have a specific metallurgy that is used in combination with the pickups. They are available in 9-46, 10-52, 11-52 and bulk individual sizes .012, .016 and .042. Ordinary strings do work in emergencies, but the Moog strings are recommended.

Aside from the electronics, the guitar itself is built by Zion guitars. It has a premium swamp ash or mahogany body, an ebony fingerboard, and a AAAAA maple top available in an array of colors.
Words simply do not do this guitar justice. It truly must be played to feel the potential it harnesses.