Lee Ritenour

Gibson met up with jazz great Lee Ritenour during the guitarist’s recent tour in Asia. Prior to staging a concert in Hong Kong, Ritenour spoke about his influences and his history with Gibson instruments. “I was given a 1959 Les Paul by Wes Montgomery when I was 15 years old,” said Ritenour. “He’s been a great influence on my music. I also studied guitar with Joe Pass when I was a teenager.” Ritenour went on to point out that his ’59 Les Paul Reissue and his legendary L-5 Signature Gibson have played key roles in his career. “I’ve worked with lots of musicians with my ’59 Reissue,” he said. “[Later] my music led me to Mike McGuire, head of the Gibson Custom Shop at that time, where my L-5 Signature guitar was made.” As a souvenir of his trip, Gibson presented Ritenour with an ONKYO X6 Bluetooth speaker. “I love Hong Kong,” he said. “[The city] resembles my music—a fusion of various cultures and life, with great energy.”

Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour