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Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic Guitar has a classic Gibson L-00 body and custom herringbone top trim, recalling the instruments played by some of ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A legendary body shape that echoes the look and sound of the early 1900s.

The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic Guitar has a classic Gibson L-00 body and custom herringbone top trim, recalling the instruments played by some of the first blues artists in the Deep South of the United States. The custom neck shape and wider nut width give the Bluesmaster guitar easy playability. Tonal enhancements are created by a customized thinner top made of Adirondack red spruce for singing tone and sustain.

The Keb' Mo' acoustic guitar's carved French heel neck shape means easy finger reaching up the neck for those high notes and vibrato. The 12th fret is joined to the guitar body for a warmer resonant tone and added playing comfort. Gibson gives the Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster guitar a special darker vintage antiquing of its authentic nitro-lacquer finish. Other embellishments include a Keb' Mo' Signature truss cover and L.R. Baggs Element pickup with soundhole volume control. Includes case.

Body Wood
The top of the Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster is made from 2 pieces of solid Adirondack red spruce, a rare and highly prized tonewood that featured in the tops of many instruments from the golden age of the flattop acoustic guitar. The instrument's back and sides are made from solid mahogany.

The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster is made in the image of Gibson's small-bodied L-series guitars, such as the L-00. Its solid spruce top is sanded to a custom thickness and is supported by an X-brace pattern formed of scalloped spruce braces, all of which optimize its resonance and tonal richness. In the tradition of many small-bodied finger-style guitars, the Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster carries no pickguard, a feature which also further enhances the top's resonance.

Tonal Characteristics
Despite its small body dimensions, the Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster has a deep, rich, multidimensional tone, and a volume that belies its size. Its thin, lightly braced top aids its superb projection, while its solid mahogany back and sides add excellent definition and a velvety high-end shimmer to its tone.

The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster is available in either antique natural or vintage sunburst.

The Keb' Mo' Signature Bluesmaster is hand-finished in a process that demands several coats and many hours. Unlike many other manufacturers who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time. That way your guitar's wood can breathe and age beautifully.

Neck Wood
The neck is made from quartersawn solid mahogany. The quartersawn grain orientation produces superior strength and resonance, and is preferred in the necks of high-end acoustic guitars.

Truss Rod
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of their guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.

The guitar's neck is carved to a custom Keb' Mo'-designed sculpted V profile.

Headstock Shape and Angle
The headstock is carved in the style of Gibson's Advanced Jumbo with tapered edge, and is pitched at the vintage-correct 17-degree back angle.

The Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of the Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster's headstock, which also carries the traditional mother-of-pearl crown inlay. The truss rod cover is further engraved with Keb' Mo's signature.

The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster's glued-in neck is attached with a compound dovetail joint, positioned at the 12th fret. This neck/body joint results in a bridge placement further into the center of the guitar's rounded lower bout, which perfectly hits the top's "sweet spot" for improved resonance and sustain.

Tonal Characteristics
The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and sustain from the neck, while the deeper bridge placement-a result of the 12th fret neck/body joint-increases the guitar's overall sonic depth.

Fingerboard Species
The neck carries a fingerboard of East Indian rosewood. Rosewood is both hard wearing and sonically superlative, adding sweetness and depth to the guitar's overall sound.


The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster is built to a 25" scale length, and its fingerboard has a 12" radius. Combined with its 1.805" nut width, these dimensions offer plenty of room for popular traditional and contemporary blues styles with a string spacing that finger-style players in particular will appreciate, and no "dead' or "choked" strings during blues bends.

The fingerboard carries 18 narrow, vintage-style frets in total, with 12 frets clear of the body.

The fingerboard is inlaid with vintage-style 1/4" mother-of-pearl dot position markers.

Nut Material
The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster has a genuine bone nut for optimum resonance and sustain.

The width of the nut is approximately 1.805", the preferred width for flattop blues guitars.

The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster carries a built-in L.R. Baggs Element pickup with a single volume control mounted inconspicuously in the edge of the sound hole and a standard 1/4" end-pin jack. The Element is an advanced unit from one of the world's leading acoustic-guitar pickup manufacturers, and it offers a broad, natural projection of the guitar's natural tone without interfering with the vibration of the top and bridge when it is played unplugged.

Tuning Keys
The headstock carries vintage-style, open-back nickel tuners with an efficient 14:1 ratio for excellent tuning stability.

The Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster carries a traditional "belly down" bridge made from solid East Indian rosewood with traditional bridge pins and a solid bone bridge for enhanced sustain and resonance.

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

Includes case

This signature guitar of a contemporary blues master is drenched in history and legend.

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GibsonKeb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Balanced Tone & Great Neck

Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is considered by some to be expensive. While not cheap, I do believe you get what you pay for here. The neck is about the best I have played on any acoustic. I have a custom made guitar which costs twice what I paid for the Keb Mo and for me the Keb Mo is a better instrument in terms of comfort and sound. The tone is well balanced from lows to highs. A perfect voice for finger picking and it projects better than you might expect from a instrument this size, this may have something to do with the 12th fret location at the body joint. If you are looking at these types of instruments you should give this a try. An inspiring instrument.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


True Love

By funkvontubin

from Connecticut

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Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Just got the Keb Mo. I expected alot. I got more. When I first picked it up I thought, wow, no volume. After a few hours, I have developed a profound respect for this box. I have Martin and Gibson high end dreads, and yeah, they are louder. what I like to do most is fingerstyle blues and I don't think I could dream up a better tool than this one. I have a custom shop koa Advanced Jumbo and I thought another custom shop for blues would be nice. OMG for once I was right. These custom shop Gibsons to me are a work of art I get to play. I noticed a smidge of glue and don't care. It plays like butter and sounds like an angel. I can only hope to play a the level this guitar deserves. Thank you Keb and the wonderful people in the Gibson Custom Shop. A keeper for life. And BTW, Musicians Friend may be big, but they are really great, in my experience.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great Blues Guitar

By Strung Out

from Schenectady, NY

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Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If you want to channel the great blues guitarists, this guitar will do it for you. Impressive volume and projection for a small bodied guitar. Crisp trebles and a solid bass blend for great tone- the Adirondack spruce top is really alive. The L.R Baggs electronics do a great job of amplifying the guitar's sound without coloration. A slightly wider neck well suited to finger picking and a low action make the guitar very playable. Set-up was spot-on. Visually the guitar is stunning. Of all my guitars, this is the one I pick up the most often. Highly recommended.

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Best blues guitar Gibson is making!!!!

By Dr. Dave-rp4Ic

from Ho.TX.

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Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I play this guitar all the time it will be on the stand and alot of others will be rotated in and out to fit my stile or mood
The Gibson line old time blues insturments have mostly all the same wood and bracing. The K/M is trimed out with binding none of the others have, making it very attractive. I think that may be distractive to some hard core blues men, but over all it adds to the guitar in a pleasent way. I like the way a 12 fret bridge is placed lower on the body I think that adds lower end.
My K/M playes better than most. The neck set is as good as any guitar I have seen. Frets level and even, no blimishes in wood or finish. Well made old time open tuners.
As with all you have to pay to play. This may have been a copy of a cheaper guitar when Gibson started (Epie) but thay dressed it up very nice and I can't complane about the price (to much I paid it)

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Big Sound from a small body guitar

By guitarfrog

from New York

Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Just purchased the Keb Mo Bluesmaster acoustic/electric guitar to complete my collection-it's like owning 2 guitars! I have 2 great acoustic guitars but wanted a small body/Parlor guitar for fingerstyle playing for a different sound; this is one I will keep! It is very well made but the action was a too high for me but once lowered I think this will be a perfect couch guitar that will get played a lot. For a small body guitar it has a deep, rich sound but when plugged in (L.R. Baggs pickup is awesome) it sounds like a jumbo body guitar. I feel that it is well worth the investment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Great Warm Mid Range Guitar

By Al

from Chicago

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Verified Buyer


  • Comfortable to play
  • Great for finger picking
  • Great Warm Mid Range
  • Perfect Blues Box


  • Finish A Little Sticky

Best Uses

  • Blues Fingerstyle

Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been looking for a small body 12 fret guitar with a wide neck for sometime mainly to complement my bare finger style of playing of the Delta Blues classics. The Keb Mo Bluesmaster was on my short list, but I was not able to locate one near to play. So reluctantly, I order one online after receiving a great coupon deal through Musicians Friend. My thinking was, if I didn't like it, it would go back. It is not going back, it's perfect. It's comfortable to play, great mid tone, and loud enough though I have a heavy attack when it comes to bare finger picking. The only negative I have is the finish is a little sticky, and that's probably because it's new. I'm looking forward to breaking this puppy in, and playing it for may years to come.

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My desert island guitar

By Natty

from Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Comfortable
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


    Best Uses

    • Channeling Your Inner Artist
    • Finger picking
    • Getting to Know a 6-String

    Comments about Gibson Keb' Mo' Bluesmaster Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I own 7 acoustic guitars - Guild, Martin, Gibson, Fender, Ovations. This is the guitar I would pick if I could only choose one.

    Holds tune like a beast, fine action, strong projection, an attractive EQ balance making for full bodied tones, a nice wide nut for finger picking though I also use a pick from time to time, and as a parlour size guitar it sits easy and comfortable.

    I use it for developing my tools, extended solo play, writing, and song playback . Much more than a blues guitar: I use it for expressing melody in whatever genre I find myself in.

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