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Gibson Wes Montgomery L-5 CES Vintage Sunburst #11307001

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GIBSON Wes Montgomery L-5 CES Vintage Sunburst #11307001

Wes Montgomery Signature Hollowbody Electric Guitar from the Gibson Custom Shop Crimson Division

John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery, who died far too early in 1968 at the age of 45, is one of the most influential and well-known jazz guitarists of all time. With his unique playing and the soft, expressive sound he gave jazz standards and original compositions an individual character, and influenced an infinite number of guitarists, among them Lee Ritentour, Pat Metheny as well as Jimi Hendrix and Joe Satriani.

All his life, Wes Montgomery swore on archtop jazz guitars from Gibson and first played an ES-175 before finally switching to the Gibson L-5 CES. This jazz guitar with its 25.5" scale length and the large maple body with spruce top and a humbucker on the neck offered him the perfect basis for his characteristic sound.

Gibson Wes Montgomery L-5 CES VS 11307001 Front

The Wes Montgomery L-5CES is an authentic reissue made by the Crimson Division of the Gibson Custom Shop.

Gibson Wes Montgomery L-5 CES VS 11307001 Korpus
A hand-carved spruce top and a'57 Classic Humbucker deliver expressive jazz sounds.

premium hardware

With the Wes Montgomery L-5 CES, the Gibson Custom Shop's Crimson Division, which specializes in high-quality archtop guitars, now presents an authentic reissue of Montgomery's beloved guitar down to the smallest detail.

The classic 17" Hollow Body electric guitar does not compromise on solid premium hardware. In addition to the famous Gibson L-5 tailpiece in gold-plated and nickel-plated design including model engraving, a Gibson Floating ABR-1 is used, which is mounted on a rosewood base. The tuning mechanisms for the Wes Montgomery L-5 CES were world-famous M6 tuners from Schaller, a traditional German manufacturer.

Gibson Wes Montgomery L-5 CES VS 11307001 COA
The crimson-bound certificate identifies the Wes Montgomery L-5CES as a product of the Custom Shop Crimson Division.

Wes Montgomery L-5 CES: Construction & Sound

The back and sides are made of heavily grained, solid curly maple, while the hand-carved top is made of solid spruce and is responsible for the vibrant, transparent sound of the Wes Montgomery L-5CES. The neck is also made of strongly figured maple and carries a noble precious wood fretboard with 20 frets and mother-of-pearl blocks to mark the layers.

The pickup is a Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker on the neck, which delivers authentic PAF sound. With its moderate output and warm transparency, it is the ideal companion for expressive jazz lines that are transmitted to the amplifier with natural dynamics. Last but not least, volume and treble can be controlled by volume and tone controls.


  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Series: Custom Shop Crimson Division
  • Design: Hollow Body
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Maple
  • Solid Centre Block: No
  • Binding: 7-lagig, W/B/W/B/W/B/W
  • Neck: 5-ply, Maple/Walnut
  • Neck Construction: Bolt-on
  • Neck Profile: Rounded
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fretboard Inlays: Block
  • Scale in mm: 648
  • Pickup: H
  • Manufacturer pickups: Gibson
  • Neck Pickup: '57 Classic Humbucker
  • Piezo Pickup: No
  • Active pickups: No
  • Coil-splitting: No
  • Control: Vol, Tone
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Bridge: Gibson ABR
  • Tailpiece: Gibson L-5 Tailpiece
  • Tuners: Schaller M6
  • Strap Button: Standard
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Factory Tuning: Standard E
  • Gigbag included: No
  • Case included: Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
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