Gibson L6-S

Gibson L6-S

The " Gibson L-6S" was a cheaper descendent of the very fine L5S jazz solid body electric guitar. It was the same shape - very much like a wide Gibson Les Paul, but with a 24 fret two-octave neck - the first Gibson guitar to have this.

Model history

It was designed by Bill Lawrence (Gibson employee) in 1972, with the remit to make a "multi-sound system" under a very tight budget. The final production guitar was somewhat different from the Guitar he had in mind but "even with these changes, the early production L6-S was still an excellent performer"

The popularity of the L-6S dropped rapidly after 1974, despite high profile endorsements from the likes of Al di Meola and Carlos Santana. All models were dropped from price lists in 1979. No model has ever been reissued.

The L-6S came in three variants; all were maple-bodied with twin super- humbucking pickups.

L-6S Models

L-6S Custom 1973-79

The best known version with total production of over 12000 instrumentsMaple body, and set neck with a choice of maple or ebony fingerboard. Controls include a six position pickup selector, master volume, midrange and 'treble roll-off' controls

L-6S Midnight Special 1974-79

The least known version with total production of around 2000 instrumentsMaple body, and bolt-on maple neck with a maple fingerboard. Controls include a pickup selector, master volume, and tone control. Strung through the body

L-6S Deluxe 1974-79

Still less popular than the Custom, but more popular than the Midnight Special. Total production around 3500 instrumentsThe Deluxe had a set maple neck, with a rosewood fingerboard. Controls include a pickup selector, master volume, and tone control. Strung through the body

Notable L6-S players

External links

* [http://www.vintageguitars.org.uk/gibsonL6S.php Gibson L-6S] – Information, statistics and schematics for the Gibson L-6S.


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