Gibson Montana Parlor Avant Garde Mahogany Left Handed In Light Cherry Burst

The Gibson Dreadnought design is slimmed down and kitted out for 2019's Parlor offerings!

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Sam Beattie

Despite its name, the Gibson Parlor isn’t actually a Parlor-style guitar. Many see it as a combination of the Jumbo, Dreadnought and Grand Auditorium shapes, but with a number of unique appointments that set it apart from the crowd. It’s thin body and pronounced curves offer an ergonomic feel without compromising that full-bodied Gibson tone.

Body & Neck

A Mahogany body allows for hefty low-end projection and a dynamic midrange, the sound that helped define the Gibson acoustic formula. Despite this, the guitar remains lightweight due to its thin construction and carefully calculated curves.

A multi-piece Sitka Spruce top balances the Mahogany’s broad sound with a tame clarity, helping to ensure that the tone isn’t boomy and clouded – it’s resonant and rich. The neck continues the Mahogany theme, but the Avant-Garde tweak means you’ve got an advanced response profile and Richlite fretboard for a smooth feel and excellent durability.

Hardware & Electronics

As with many of Gibson’s 2019 range, the Parlor AG features an onboard LR Baggs pickup and preamp. In this case, it’s the VTC, a soundhole system that mirrors the resonance of the Spruce top. This means a totally natural, dynamic tone that’ll respond to whatever style you play.

Hardware-wise, this particular model comes with Mini Grover Rotomatics – a familiar appointment for Gibson guitars of all shapes and sizes. You’ve also got a Richlite bridge for excellent tuning stability and the subtle Avant-Garde pickguard to add a dark contrast to the Parlor’s curves and organic aesthetic.



  • Orientation: Left handed
  • Body Style: J-165
  • Back & sides: Mahogany
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Bracing: Traditional Hand-Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Binding: Multi-Ply Top, Single-Ply Back


  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Advanced Response
  • Nut width: 1.725”
  • Neck joint: Compound Dovetail Neck-To-Body Joint
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Number of frets 19
  • Nut: Tusq
  • Inlay: Mother-Of-Pearl Single Parallelogram
  • Binding: None


  • Bridge: Traditional Belly Up, Richlite
  • Tuners: Mini Grover Rotomatics
  • Plating: Gold


  • Pickup: LR Baggs VTC
  • Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Case: Gibson Hardshell
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