Gibson L-6S Solid Body Electric Guitar (1975)

Gibson  L-6S Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1975)
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Gibson L-6S Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1975), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 491481, black lacquer finish, maple body and neck, ebony fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

The L-6S is one of Gibson's better 1970s creations, a fairly short-lived model but actually a very nice player's instrument. The concept was to create a new solid-body line apart from the SGs and Les Pauls with what were considered more up-to-date features at the time. The L-6S has a wide but thin-rimmed contoured body of laminated maple and a slim 3-piece maple neck with a dot-inlaid ebony fingerboard. The headstock is a subtle variation on the 1920s "Snakehead" design instead of the traditional Gibson style, fitted with Schaller/Gibson tuners.

The two pickups are Ceramic-magnet humbuckers with no polepieces, mated to a 6-way rotary selector giving different phase and parallel/series combinations...an obsession at the time. This model was the first collaboration between Gibson and Bill Lawrence, who designed these newer humbucking pickups. The ebony livery on this guitar is less common than the natural finish but still made in decent numbers; just under 1000 shipped in 1975. This is not an exceptionally rare guitar but a well-designed and nicely made one; certainly one of the best new designs to come out of Kalamazoo in the '70s.
 
Overall length is 39 7/8 in. (101.3 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

This is a nicely original guitar with some wear but no alterations. There are mostly minor dings and dents overall, most heavily to the back with a fairly sizable scrape on the front of the headstock below the low E tuner. The strap buttons look to have been replaced but all else remains original. The very top tip of the truss rod cover has chipped off. The frets have been crowned down and have some light wear but were enormous to begin with, so there is still a decent amount of wire remaining. The guitar plays well and has a very versatile sound. The original case has a lot of external wear but is still fully functional. Excellent - Condition.