Think metal guitars can’t handle jazz? Cecil Alexander just shredded a set of Wes Montgomery classics on a Jackson Soloist – and his tone has guitarists raving

Cecil Alexander and Wes Montgomery
(Image credit: Cecil Alexander Instagram / Getty Images)

Cecil Alexander is proving that you can play jazz on a metal guitar and the internet is losing its mind.

The Muskegon, MI-born jazz guitarist has been touting a black, solidbody Jackson Soloist across a series of recent Instagram posts. The tone he's getting out of it, as he winds his way through Wes Montgomery tunes and bebop improvisations, is unreal. Close your eyes, and you'd believe he was playing a semi-hollow guitar built to jazz, not djent.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.