Wes Montgomery - Gibson L5
During his entire career Wes Montgomery played almost exclusively on a Gibson L5 (cutaway electric spanish) from 1963. He wasn't really interested in equipment. In his own words: 'I got a standard box. I don’t never want nothing special. Then if I drop my box, I can borrow somebody else’s.'
Gibson produced this guitar since 1922 and is still in production today. It was the favorite rhythm guitar in big bands. The L5 was the first Gibson guitar with f-holes.
Gibson made 3 custom guitars for Wes Montgomery, but they only had 2 differences compared to standard L5's: 1 pickup instead of 2, which was placed upside down.
Wes Montgomery used heavy gauge flat wound guitar strings.
1963 Gibson L5 - Dark Sunburst