Gibson Custom Shop L-5 Wes Montgomery archtop guitar

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If you play guitar, or ever wanted to, sooner or later you're going to want to own a carved archtop jazzbox. You might play blues, or country, or rockabilly, fusion or even jazz on it, but you'll want that inimitable archtop mellow plus the full-bodied feel of draping your picking arm over sensual, ...more


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    If you play guitar, or ever wanted to, sooner or later you're going to want to own a carved archtop jazzbox. You might play blues, or country, or rockabilly, fusion or even jazz on it, but you'll want that inimitable archtop mellow plus the full-bodied feel of draping your picking arm over sensual, resonant curves of the archy's lower bout. Wes Montgomery's expressive, quick, fleshy style was captured often by his special Gibson L-5 that was ordered without a bridge pickup. With only the neck pickup mounted close to the edge of the top in a relatively non-resonant area, the arched soundboard resonates freely for a warm, rich, amplified tone that also cuts through acoustically. The neck is sufficiently slender to feel fast, but deep enough to feel meaty in your hand. The re-issued Gibson Wes has just enough inlay ornamentation to look special but is tasteful and restrained. You can get it natural, sunburst and even tobacco burst, but none of these are as graceful as the super-suave Wes in luscious Wine Red. This is a multi-generational instrument made in USA.

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    • ArchtopMaker
      I made a guitar for a client (I make archtop guitars) and he said he would like it "old violin" color, the same as another guitar that I had showed him. Today, I discovered that it was Wine Red. When I applied the color, I went automatically to the tone that I really liked. I searched for wine red archtops in the web and found your opinion... sure, I agree, wine red is a killer! Sorry for my English, I am from Spain.
    • ArchtopMaker
      I made a guitar for a client (I make archtop guitars) and he said he would like it "old violin" color, the same as another guitar that I had showed him. Today, I discovered that it was Wine Red. When I applied the color, I went automatically to the tone that I really liked. I searched for wine red archtops in the web and found your opinion... sure, I agree, wine red is a killer! Sorry for my English, I am from Spain.