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1975 Gibson L6-S Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson L6-S in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. The L6-S is often credited as one of the most underrated solid body guitars in Gibson's history and was the very first collaboration between Gibson and Bill Lawrence, who designed the ceramic magnet pickups used in this model. Weighing 8lbs 6oz, the L6-S has a contoured maple body that closely resembles a wider, thinner Les Paul, with a more generous Florentine cutaway. This guitar has plenty of punch and sustain strummed acoustically, with a tone that is very evenly balanced across the frequency spectrum. These qualities translates well through the epoxy-potted, Bill Lawrence-designed "superhumbuckers.” Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this guitar features 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with full shoulders in every register and more heft further up the fretboard, measuring .810" at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The two octave ebony fretboard sports pearloid dot position markers and jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat, leveled and crowned and currently showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock boasts a gold Gibson logo and original chrome-plated Schaller-made and Gibson-branded tuning machines with metal tulip buttons.

 All of the electronics function as intended, and the rotary switch works as follows:

1. Both pickups, in series
2. Neck pickup
3. Both pickups, in parallel
4. Both pickups, parallel out of phase, with the neck pickup's bass response restricted through a series capacitor.
5. Bridge pickup
6. Both pickups, series out of phase.

The wiring harness features untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date to the 41st week of 1975. Hardware includes the "harmonica" bridge and stopbar tailpiece, both of which have gleaming chrome plating along with the humbucker covers. Original plastics are also all intact, with a trio of black speed knobs, a chicken head rotary knob, and four-ply black pickguard which exhibits some scuffing across the strum path.

The gloss Ebony nitro lacquer finish shows some finish checking surrounding the input jack, light buckle wear on the back south of the belly carve, and  some concentrated small dings on the lower bout. There are various additional scuffs and marks from use on the instrument as a whole, and a sliver of wear through the finish along the back lower bout body edge.

The original form fit black tolex case with red plush interior is included. The case is notably clean, retaining its original handle and functional latches.