Return Of The L6S

Gibson reissues 1970s guitar used by Carlos Santana   02-Nov-11

Return Of The L6S

One of the more intriguing new models to emanate from Gibson in the mid 1970s, the L6S was favoured by Carlos Santana and Rich Williams of Kansas, along with several other notable players of the day. Gibson USA has now reissued theL6S, and describe it as a performance tool that's still primed to carry today's rock, blues, and fusion guitarist wherever he or she wants to go. They say that, 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. Here's how Gibson describe the guitar in their own words...
Designed as a slim, solidbodied take on Gibson's great "L" series archtop jazz guitars, the L6S 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 that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. It is topped with a Grade-A maple fingerboard fingerboard with 22 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. Check out the newly reissued L6S today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and discover the unparalleled power of this modern classic.
Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
  • Solid grade-A Maple body with Antique Natural nitrocellulose finish
  • Maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Maple fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Four-conductor split-coil 490R and 498T humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Grover kidney button tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
Pricing and Availability:
$2,599 msrp
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