The Gibson L6S was originally released in 1973, and whilst it’s fair to say it didn’t take the world by storm, it did pick up some notable fans including Carlos Santana.
Actually I was probably too unfair in my opening comment, Gibson did produce 12,000 of the original L6-S Custom, and over 5,000 copies of the variations including the Midnight Special, and Deluxe.
Now that the original gigging guitarists, with whom it found favor in the 70’s, are heading toward retirement, it seems like the timing of this reissued version could see some success for Gibson.
Based on the Gibson L5S solid body Jazz Guitar, the L6S features a body, neck, and fingerboard, all made from Maple.
It also has a slightly unusual, for Gibson at least, 6 position ‘Pointer’ pick-up selector:
- Both pickups in series
- Neck pickup only
- Both pickups in parallel
- Both pickups, parallel but out of phase, with the neck pickup’s bass response restricted thought a series capacitor.
- Bridge pickup on its own
- Both pickups in series but out of phase.
It was the first Gibson to have a 24 fret two-octave neck, however the reissue strangely comes with only 22 frets (I can’t see how the extra 2 frets would have broken the bank).
The neck pickup is a Coil-tapped 490R (Alnico II), and the bridge pickup is a Coil-tapped 498T (Alnico V).
The Gibson L6S comes in two colors: Silverburst and Antique Natural.
The MSRP is $2,599, but I’m betting it will be selling for under $2,000 at online retailers within a couple of months (probably less).
For more information see the detailed L6S product page at Gibson.