Vinnie Moore

Vinnie Moore was born on April 14, 1964 in New Castle, Delaware. Vinnie is a guitarist and currently part of the English rock band UFO. He is known as one of the most influential guitarist's of the "shred era".

Vinnie Moore began playing clubs and bars at the age of 12. Eventually Mike Varney from Sharpnel records heard about Vinnie while reading a magazine. Upon discovering this young talent, Vinnie played in a Pepsi commercial in 1985. His hands were the only part of him shown in the commercial, but it did feature his guitar playing. Following the commercial, Vinnie began recording his first solo record, "Mind's Eye", and released it through Shrapnel Records in 1986. The album featured Tony MacAlpine on keyboards and was very well received by critics. "Mind's Eye" has sold over 100,000 copies as well as winning a number of awards from guitar magazines.

The guitarist played with the band Vicious Rumors on their break out album "Soldiers of the Night". Vinnie's skills can be heard in his solo on the song "Invader", receiving many comparisons to Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption". During the late 80's, Vinnie remained with Shrapnel Records, but also played with known hard rock legends such as Alice Cooper on his album "Hey Stoopid". Later, Vinnie released a guitar instructional video.

Vinnie Moore endorsed Music Man guitars until 2007, when he began to promote Dean guitars. In 2008, Dean released a Vinnie Moore signature model guitar. The guitar is known as the Dean VM-2000 and has "ShredHead" humbuckers in the bridge of the guitar. Moore also endorses Engl Amplifiers.

Guitar Lessons:
Vinnie Moore Guitar Lessons

Vinnie Moore Official Website

Vinnie Moore Official MySpace Page

Vinnie Moore Tablature Links:
Vinnie Moore Tab

Vinnie Moore Gear

Guitars & Pickups
Music Man "Silhouette" Special Fender Stratocaster
Gibson Les Paul
Dean Vinman VM-2000 signature guitars
USA Dean Z guitar
Ibanez Vinnie Moore Signature VM1SH
Ibanez Roadstar DX Series

standard .10 with good balance between slinky and not too slinky
.11's when down tuning

Marshall JCM-2000

Engl Special Edition

Fulltone choralflange
Arion chorus
Boss PH3 Phase Shifter
Dunlop Crybaby wah
Ibanez TS9 pedal
MXR Carbon Copy
T-Rex Replica delay
Teese RMC4 and RMC5 wah pedals
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+

Practice Habits
Plays 30 minutes before the show begins, but no more. Show last ninety minutes. On days off Vinnie practices about 15 to 30 minutes.

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Vinnie Moore Discography


1986: Mind's Eye
1988: Time Odyssey
1991: Meltdown
1996: Out of Nowhere
1999: The Maze
2000: Live!
2001: Defying Gravity
2006: Collection: The Shrapnel Years
2009: To the Core