1964 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom Modified Left Handed


The Gibson Barney Kessel was produced from 1961 to 1974 and was used by many renowned jazz guitarists, including Herb Ellis, Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.

Available in two models, the standard and a more luxurious version like this guitar: the Custom model.

Only around 740 Customs were produced over the twelve years of production, making this a fairly rare guitar on the market.

Here is an originally right-handed copy, modified by one of its former owners to be left-handed.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Curly maple
  • Sides: Curly maple
  • Sleeve : Curly maple 3 pieces
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Width at nut: 43 mm
  • Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 20 jumbo frets
  • Scale: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Profile: Slim C
  • Pickguard: Black
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Pickups: 2x 1970's Humbucker
  • Controls: 2x Volume / 2x Tone / 3-position switch
  • Country of manufacture: United States, Kalamazoo
  • Year: 1964
  • Finish: Cherry Burst
  • Decorations: White mother-of-pearl key markers in “bow tie” shape, white mother-of-pearl inlay on the head in the shape of an eighth note
  • Details: Right-handed to left-handed modification / Re-varnished table / Microphones changed for others from the 1970s

This guitar has very good playing comfort, particularly pleasant with a low action and a standard set of flat wound strings.

It has a warm, soft and dynamic sound with good sustain, proving perfect for what it was designed for: jazz.

Delivered in a hard case.

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