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.
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 available in your choice of Antique Natural or Silverburst finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, a traditional finish known for encouraging resonance. The glued-in Grade-A maple neck is carved to a fast, slim profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The Antique Natural L6S is topped with a Grade-A maple fingerboard while the Silverburst version features a fingerboard made from baked maple, an extremely hard-wearing, heat-treated tonewood. Both models have 24 medium-jumbo frets and 12" radius for easy, choke-free bending. The classic pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece keeps 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.