The Gibson L6S is designed as a slim, solidbodied take on Gibson's great "L" series archtop jazz guitars. It capitalizes on the properties of a tonewood that is rarely used as a solid timber by this v... Read More
The Gibson L6S is designed as a slim, solidbodied take on Gibson's great "L" series archtop jazz guitars. It capitalizes on the properties of a tonewood that is rarely used as a solid timber by this vaunted guitar maker. A body and neck of solid Grade-A maple give the L6S unprecedented sustain and clarity, along with a chimey depth that is further enhanced by this model's overall design. This single-cutaway solidbody is given an Antique Natural finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, to bring out the timeless beauty of the wood, while encouraging unbridled resonance. The glued-in Grade-A maple neck neck is carved to a fast, slim profile. It is topped with a Grade-A maple fingerboard fingerboard with 24 medium-jumbo frets and 12" radius for easy, choke-free bending. The classic pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece keep it all solid at the body end, while a set of great Grover kidney button tuners assure smooth efficiency north of the PLEK-cut Corian nut.
In the electronics department, the L6S goes for a blend of classic Gibson and contemporary versatility. Two genuine Alnico-magnet humbucking pickups with four-conductor split-coil wiring”a 490R in the neck and a hotter 498T in the bridge”give you everything from smooth, vocal warmth to crunchy rhythm and snarling lead tones. But it's all taken over the top with a deceptively powerful control array: a six-position pickup switch taps selections for bridge humbucker, bridge single coil, both single, both humbucking, neck single, and neck humbucking for an unprecedented array of alternative voices, while the master volume control is accompanied by two genuine EQ pots for Treble roll-off and bass-roll off, giving you more tonal control than ever before.
One of the more intriguing new models to emanate from Gibson in the mid 1970s, the L6S was favored by Carlos Santana and Rich Williams of Kansas, along with several other notable players of the day, and quickly proved its power born from a marriage of Gibson tradition and a sleek, efficient, modern design ethos. To bring all that toneful goodness and succulent playability back to the table, Gibson USA introduces the newly reissued L6S, a performance tool that's still primed to carry today's rock, blues, and fusion guitarist wherever he or she wants to go. With its dual humbucking pickups, resonant maple construction, and versatile controls, the L6S brings back a great voice that's all Gibson, yet something a little different too.
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