Pretty much every guitar manufacturer has a wide range of models that range from affordable to astronomically expensive. Brian Moore is no exception, but their i81, with its comfort-contoured, bookmatched figured maple top sure doesn’t look or play or sound like a budget electric.
Wait, did we say “bookmatched figured maple top?” Sure did, and at first (or even second) glance you’d think you were looking at an instrument that lists for several times the list price of the i81. In fact, we’ve seen guitars that carry price tags in the thousands that don’t have maple tops as nice as these. How the heck do they do it? Part of the company’s i1000 Series, the i81 also has that unmistakable Brian Moore sculpted headstock, along with a mahogany body and a 22-fret maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and pearl fret markers. Equipped with a pair of classic iM humbucking pickups with Alnico magnets, there’s also nothing about the sound that says “budget.” Big, fat and punchy pretty much sums it up. Another cool feature is the unique, recessed output jack, that’s actually inset into the mahogany back. Hey, where was this guitar when we were shredding our fingers on yesteryear’s “starter models?”