2012 GIBSON L-5 CUSTOM WES MONTGOMERY
Stunning L-5 electric model produced in 2012 by Gibson’s Custom Shop, faithful to the instruments famously played by jazzman Wes Montgomery.
This guitar takes after the specifications of those produced in the early 60s, with a very peculiar configuration since it has only one humbucker pickup in the neck position. However, L-5CES were originally offered in the catalog only with two pickups, one in the neck position and one in the bridge position, and it was only on special order that one could obtain them with the single pickup setup. This offers all of the round, warm tone typically sought for jazz, and with one less pickup route in the carved top we can also expect increased acoustic qualities for this instrument. It is likely for these reasons that Wes Montgomery chose this model, and it can be seen in his hands on many album covers or live sessions filmed in the mid 1960s.
The guitar itself is in excellent condition, solid spruce top, back and sides made of beautiful figured maple, the neck has a good profile and is perfectly comfortable. All of the aesthetic elements of the L-5 – which has always been among the most high-end models offered by Gibson – are present: engraved tailpiece, gold hardware, large block inlays on the fingerboard, flowerpot-style inlay on the headstock which sends us back to the early days of the L-5 and it’s introduction as the top-of-the-line Master Model in 1924… total luxury!
Complete professional setup done in our workshop, in perfect playing condition. The guitar comes with its Gibson COA and documentation.
Sold in its original hardshell case.