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Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar

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In the Wes Montgomery, Gibson has created a guitar with inherent quality, versatility, and a rich, impressive appearance. It has gained the highest a...Click To Read More About This Product

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    A legendary guitar named for a legendary guitarist.

    In the Wes Montgomery, Gibson has created a guitar with inherent quality, versatility, and a rich, impressive appearance. It has gained the highest acclaim from professional musicians. Like the legend whose name it wears, it is destined for history. Guitarists everywhere have sung the praises of the comfortable neck, fast easy action, and quick response. Just like its predecessor, the L-5 CES, the Wes Montgomery has a carved spruce top with highly figured maple back, rims, and a 5-piece maple neck. This model features a '57 Classic reissue humbucking pickup placed in the neck position so that anyone playing it can achieve the Wes tone.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    FEATURES
    • One '57 Classic reissue humbucker
    • Gold hardware
    • 25-3/4" scale
    • Ebony fingerboard
    • 20 frets
    • Trapeze inlay
    • Custom multi-ply black/white/black binding
    • Carved spruce top
    • Maple back, sides, and neck

    The ultimate jazz guitar. Order today.

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    Gibson CustomWes Montgomery Guitar
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Un Classico Magnifico!

    1. Features ~ Ah, the sounds of perfection! The look and feel of this guitar are so close to perfect that one can almost taste the guitar's sheer power to play. The one...Read complete review

    1. Features ~ Ah, the sounds of perfection! The look and feel of this guitar are so close to perfect that one can almost taste the guitar's sheer power to play. The one pickup delivers one of the most crisp yet rich jazz tones I have ever personally heard. The hardware and bridge are exceptionaally beautiful and retain all of the elements of the L-5 while increasing the complexity and beauty of the guitar's overall tone. Because the pickup is placed ideally at a hard part of the top, it delivers a brilliant tone without eliminating much mid tone, overtone, or eliminating resonance, a lone issue I have with the two-humbucker L-5 CES.2. Quality ~ With a name as grand as Wes Montgomery gracing this model with its presence, how could the quality be anything less than brilliant?3. Value ~ Although some may disagree with me about this, but one receives what one pays for. It is indeed a sharp price tag or some of those musicians who are attempting to get started, but at a certain level of professionalism and experience one forgets about the cost of an instrument and concentrates on the bond that can be formed with it formatively and experientially. For a truly great jazz box, one cannot pay the price needed for a Dean acoustic.4. Overall, this is the best playing Gibson I own and my 2nd favorite Gibson overall (I own a Custom Shop Citation that I received from a VERY good friend). This guitar has the feel of a master's craftsmanship and the legacy of one of the greats (if not the greatest) electric guitarists of all time. Therefore I suggest that anyone who seriously wants to pursue a career in jazz take the time to save up some extra money and purchase this triumph of luthiery.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pretty but does play good?

    I have been recording and touring for 27 years. I've endorsed Gibson for ten years. During the endorsement I have owned over 20 Byrdlands and 35 L5s.Every new Gibson I acquired new and direct...Read complete review

    I have been recording and touring for 27 years. I've endorsed Gibson for ten years. During the endorsement I have owned over 20 Byrdlands and 35 L5s.Every new Gibson I acquired new and direct from the Custom Shop had to be re fretted due to the neck not being straight. In my opinion the Gibson Custom shop should take some luthier lessons from the company in Japan that makes the Epiphone Elitist line. To hear sound clips and see my extensive discography, put Steve Laury in the search engine with google or yahoo. I highly recommend the Epiphone Broadway Elitist. I give it 6 stars! Sincerely, Steve Laury

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Un Classico Magnifico!

    By Gigio

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    1. Features ~ Ah, the sounds of perfection! The look and feel of this guitar are so close to perfect that one can almost taste the guitar's sheer power to play. The one pickup delivers one of the most crisp yet rich jazz tones I have ever personally heard. The hardware and bridge are exceptionaally beautiful and retain all of the elements of the L-5 while increasing the complexity and beauty of the guitar's overall tone. Because the pickup is placed ideally at a hard part of the top, it delivers a brilliant tone without eliminating much mid tone, overtone, or eliminating resonance, a lone issue I have with the two-humbucker L-5 CES.2. Quality ~ With a name as grand as Wes Montgomery gracing this model with its presence, how could the quality be anything less than brilliant?3. Value ~ Although some may disagree with me about this, but one receives what one pays for. It is indeed a sharp price tag or some of those musicians who are attempting to get started, but at a certain level of professionalism and experience one forgets about the cost of an instrument and concentrates on the bond that can be formed with it formatively and experientially. For a truly great jazz box, one cannot pay the price needed for a Dean acoustic.4. Overall, this is the best playing Gibson I own and my 2nd favorite Gibson overall (I own a Custom Shop Citation that I received from a VERY good friend). This guitar has the feel of a master's craftsmanship and the legacy of one of the greats (if not the greatest) electric guitarists of all time. Therefore I suggest that anyone who seriously wants to pursue a career in jazz take the time to save up some extra money and purchase this triumph of luthiery.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson L5 Wes Montgomery

    By guitarsurfer2010

    from Hawaii Island

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    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    The binding: exquisite
    the wood: stunnung
    the tone - to die for
    the finnish: perfecto
    the 25 1/2 scale length heavenly
    57 classic pickup
    solid carved maple and spruce
    25 1/2 scale length
    ebony fretboard pearl block inlays
    visually beautiful
    sounds fantastic
    The new Wes Montgomery L5 is not only visually stunning, it is the best sounding Jazz
    guitar I have ever played. The wormanship is impecable. The design is perfection.
    The woods are so beautiful, the top is clear and close grained, the back has
    deep shimmering flame, as does the 5 piece neck.
    But the tone is the best feature. Single note lines come out warm and fat.
    Chords are beautiful and complex with overtones. you can hear each note in a chord,
    as Opposed to my ES175 where the chords are fat but you don't hear the individual notes.
    If you are a serious jazz player, I highly reccomend this guitar. The price is high,
    but I think it is worth every penny to me,
    This guitar has the quality where even playing simple stuff sounds beautiful on it.
    Every lead note is full and authoritartive. I just love this guitar.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ideal jazz guitar

    By some dude-_hGLs

    from Chicago

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    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    After much delaying due to gigantic price tag I got one and have been very impressed by it. It really does sound better than other guitars. I compared it to an Eastman john pisano, Epiphone broadway elitist and a gb 10. It was easily way ahead of the other three. If your looking for a jazz guitar with great tone and feel this is it. It is expensive but you won't need to buy any more hollowbodies, this guitar will beat them easily. Easily the best guitar I've ever owned.

    (4 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing versatility!

    By sicyrudedude7

    from Pa

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    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    While this Beauty is widely renown as an amazing Jazz Guitar, It also works well for me. I play Cow Punk Death Thrash. Structurally it stands up well to the flying stage smashes and the Hand rubbed Nitro cellulose Lacquer finish easily deflects the many hockers that are spat up from the audience on a nightly basis. I just hose it off in the back yard and I'm ready for the next show! The Tone is great for Howling feedback. This thing rules and I highly recommend buying one!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wes Montgomery Axe

    By JazzGtr

    from PA

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    This guitar plays itself. The workmanship is second to none. This guitar should be played and not stored behind a glass case. If I had to have just one guitar, this is the one.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Your fingers will thank you

    By Tyrone Meyers

    from NYC, NY

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    Amazing quality. This thing is fast! If you are into metal then believe it or not, this would be the perfect guitar for you. This thing can shred like it's nobody's buissiness. I play in a jazz club in New York City and this thing really knows how to get the job done RIGHT. Gibson really outdid themselves this time.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The best.

    By aage jensen Cobenhagen

    from Denmark

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    This Guitar has the perfect jazz sound.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great

    By WildmanNick

    from Savage, MN

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    All I can say is WOW! This guitar plays great!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bad to the bone.

    By GIBSMAN777

    from TX

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    Excellent sound and the best feel ever.

    (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A real disappointment compared to my 1984 L-5.

    By Super V

    from Sterrett, AL

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    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    I had hoped for something special. The set-up leaves a lot to be desired and the overall fit and finish are what you might expect from this guitar, not one costing more. The acoustic tone is very muted for a carved solid instrument. It might get better with age, but it is starting out a long way from the tone that I was expecting.

     
    5.0

    Plays Like Butta

    By Killer Joe

    from Chicago, Il.

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    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    I've had hand made archtops. This one is inspirational. I have a '97 "heart model". It's a Gibson and plays great! This is an heirloom player that will get better with age and is a looker! Good blues sound, too.

    (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Pretty but does play good?

    By STEVE LAURY-3NbnA

    from Az. and CA.

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Gibson Custom Wes Montgomery Guitar:

    I have been recording and touring for 27 years. I've endorsed Gibson for ten years. During the endorsement I have owned over 20 Byrdlands and 35 L5s.Every new Gibson I acquired new and direct from the Custom Shop had to be re fretted due to the neck not being straight. In my opinion the Gibson Custom shop should take some luthier lessons from the company in Japan that makes the Epiphone Elitist line. To hear sound clips and see my extensive discography, put Steve Laury in the search engine with google or yahoo. I highly recommend the Epiphone Broadway Elitist. I give it 6 stars! Sincerely, Steve Laury

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