Fantastic Gibson signature model archtop from 2014. Made in small numbers by the Crimson Division of the Gibson Custom Shop, The Wes Montgomery L-5CES built today is made to the same specifications as the instrument used by Montgomery in the 1960s.
Today's Wes Montgomery model features a body crafted with a high-grade spruce top, and high-grade maple back and sides. The body is then adorned with multi-ply black and white binding on both the top and back, with single-ply white binding around the f-holes. The gold hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge with a base made from ebony, and Gibson's period-correct L-5 tailpiece. The 25-inch scale length neck is a five-piece neck made primarily from high-grade maple, with two streamers made from high-grade walnut, resulting in one of the most stunning neck designs in the history of Gibson Custom. The eye-catching neck is topped by a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black and white binding, then hand-fitted with Gibson's traditional ES-rounded neck profile. The single pickup is Gibson's legendary '57 Classic, which faithfully captures the unique and subtle variations between coil windings of the original "Patent Applied For" humbuckers of the late 1950s, and delivers a warm and full tone with a balanced response. Other appointments include Gibson's traditional flower pot inlay on the headstock, and Schaller M6 tuners.
This superlatively made instrument is a great example of the craftsmanship of the Gibson Custom Crimson Division - the specialists who are chosen to build the finest Gibson archtops and hollowbody electrics. The label on this L-5 CES has been signed by supervisor James Culberson after meticulous inspection.
The guitar is in excellent overall condition complete with its original Gibson hard case and Crimson-bound certificate.