Skip to main content Skip to footer
Big Game Savings - Up to 20% off select gear
Looking for Coupons?Call us Hablamos Español
MF MD HG01 New Year's Clearance Sale  01-12-18
Gibson Custom Logo
Product J02070

Gibson Custom 2015 Wes Montgomery L-5 CES Electric Hollowbody

  • Write a Review

It's difficult to comprehend one guitar player having such a profound influence on any one musical genre, much less one as conspicuously diverse as j...Click To Read More About This Product

We're sorry-this item is unavailable.

Find a similar product below or contact our experts for a recommendation of great alternatives. Call us at 800-449-9128.

Customers Also Viewed:
Don't Forget
OVERVIEW

A signature jazzbox with the finest woods, hardware and craftsmanship.

It's difficult to comprehend one guitar player having such a profound influence on any one musical genre, much less one as conspicuously diverse as jazz music. Yet in the span of just a few years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, jazz legend Wes Montgomery was able forge a body of work that is still referred to today as the most important and influential of any music ever recorded by a jazz artist. Montgomery's mastery of the guitar is well-documented, and the enormous impact on his peers is recognized time and time again, from Pat Metheny to George Benson to Joe Satriani, all of whom claim Montgomery as the virtuoso who inspired them to reach new heights.

Montgomery began his musical journey at the age of 19, listening to the early recordings of his idol, Charlie Christian, and learning the solos note for note. His approach to playing jazz involved the heavy use of single note lines, block chords and octaves, plucking the strings with the fleshy part of his thumb instead of using a pick. His unique style and technique would eventually become known as the "Naptown Sound."

Though it all, Montgomery relied on his faithful Gibson L-5 CES guitars. His original instruments were typically stock L-5s that came equipped with either Gibson's single coil P-90 or alnico pickups. Sometime in the early 1960s, however, as Montgomery's reputation continued to grow, he ordered a custom L-5 with a rounded cutaway - instead of the sharper Florentine cutaway - and a single humbucker pickup situated at the end of the fingerboard. It is this guitar that Montgomery is most associated with, and the guitar he played almost exclusively on many of his most important recordings of the 1960s, up until his untimely death from a heart attack in 1968.

The Wes Montgomery L-5 CES built today by Gibson Custom is built to the same specifications as the instrument used by Montgomery in the 1960s - Gibson also produced it briefly as a production model during the same era. Today's Wes Montgomery model features a body crafted with a high-grade spruce top, and high-grade maple back and sides. The body is then adorned with multi-ply black and white binding on both the top and back, with single-ply white binding around the f-holes. The gold hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge with a base made from ebony, and Gibson's period-correct L-5 tailpiece. The 25-½" scale length neck is a five-piece neck made primarily from high-grade maple, with two streamers made from high-grade walnut, resulting in one of the most stunning neck designs in the history of Gibson Custom. The eye-catching neck is topped by a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black and white binding, then hand-fitted with Gibson's traditional ES-rounded neck profile. The single pickup is Gibson's legendary '57 Classic, which faithfully captures the unique and subtle variations between coil windings of the original "Patent Applied For" humbuckers of the late 1950s, and delivers a warm and full tone with a balanced response. Other appointments include Gibson's traditional flower pot inlay on the headstock, and Schaller M6 tuners. Indeed, Montgomery's talents have inspired a generation of guitarists, but his guitar and legend lives on in the Wes Montgomery L-5CES from Gibson Custom.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Hollow body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Spruce high-grade
Body wood: Maple high-grade
Body finish: Nitrocellulose
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Shape: ES rounded
Wood: 5-piece maple/walnut
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 25.5"
Truss rod: Standard
Finish: Nitrocellulose
Fretboard
Material: Ebony
Radius: 9.5"
Fret size: Standard
Number of frets: 20
Inlays: Pearl block
Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
Configuration: H
Neck: '57 Classic
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Not applicable
Brand: Gibson
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Not applicable
Piezo: Not applicable
Active EQ: Not applicable
Special electronics: Not applicable
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: Not applicable
Coil tap or split: Not applicable
Kill switch: Not applicable
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: Floating tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Trapeze
Tuning machines: Schaller
Color: Gold
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Body and neck binding
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
Country of origin: United States

Make Wes your muse. Order today.

Reviews
Loading....
See All Gibson Custom Semi-Hollow and Hollow Body Electric Guitars
You are changing the Ship-To country.

Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.