Gibson L6-Deluxe

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  1. 67tbone

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    I bought this guitar from my guitar teacher when I was in 8th grade (for $300, probably around 1981). It was my first real electric guitar, and I've managed to keep it all these years

    Seems like the L-6S is the more popular of the two models, but I'm wondering what y'all can tell me about this guitar.

    It had the Bill Lawrence pickup in the bridge position when I bought it. I guess the originals are Bill Lawrence as well. I've considered trying to go back to the original bridge pickup, but can't seem to find any. Anyone know of a modern or currently available pickup that would be a good fit?

    Tell me what you know, Gibson people. Thanks!




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  2. swiveltung

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    I've had 3 L6S's..... I love the necks on them. However, like some of Gibson's Walnut guitars, these Maple guitars are very bright. I've probably tried a dozen different humbuckers in L6S's as well as tone control schemes etc, and none of them got rid of the guitars brightness.
     
  3. 67tbone

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    This guitar is really bright too. The bridge pickup insanely so.

    So body is maple? Neck too?
     
  4. Marty s Horne

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    I had the one with the 6 position switch. It was all black and had an ebony fingerboard. I really liked that guitar and used it on many gigs and recording sessions. The neck felt great but mine wasn't bright at all.
     
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    Funny - I had a L6-S and it was completely dull sounding.

    I wanted one since Santana played one around '74 and I got one from eBay. Now it's gone for good, it's part of a dust collector collection ;-)
     
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    I have a black L6-S with the "ebony" fretboard. It was my first electric guitar.

    It had the Bill Lawrence "Superhumbuckers" and the 6 way switch. As well, the tone controls are not run of the mill tone controls. There was only one position of the 6 that I liked, the others were just muddy.

    The guitar was collecting dust, so I did the unthinkable, I refretted it, replaced those pickups with a JB/'59 and replaced the 6 way with a simple 3 way toggle. I also removed the pickguard. Now....I can use it.

    The neck is very fast and thin, not great for chording, but you can fly on it. It is a little neck heavy too. In many ways, I think it is like an SG.
     
  7. 67tbone

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    Do you know if the Deluxe had the same pickups as the S? And were those True Blues or something like that?
     
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    I've owned an L6-S for years, threads like this are very painful to me because they conjure up the bad memories of when I played it. I still have it because it has sentimental value. Anyway, I tried some different pickup and never found anything that sounded very good. The problem is that it is a very thin guitar and the pickup cavities are not very deep. I had to route the cavities a touch deeper to fit standard humbuckers in there. I did all of that and unfortunately, it still sounded like ass.
     
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    My first electric was that exact model guitar, with original pickups; liked it but didn't love it. But was playing through a crappy Crate amp in the early 80's, so not sure which was the weaker link
     
  11. 67tbone

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    Still don't know how Santana got this heavenly tones out of that thing. Just listen to the whole "Borboletta"-album.

    (part of that tone clearly was his Boogie...

    ...wish I had a Mark I!)

    :drool

    (another part must have been his then fresh ears :hide2)
     
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    I had that one also. Wish I still did (knocks head on wall). No brightness issues either.
     
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    Interesting story in the design, marketing and failure of the guitar. I am sure you can find or have found the whole history of Bill Lawrence and the L6S; he never had a problem explaining what happened . It was not the guitar he designed but the guitar that was bastardize by the exec's at Gibson. I should have bought one when you could have one for 400-600 1999-2003 or so.
     
  15. 67tbone

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    I'll have to look into that, drproyer.

    For anyone interested, I've deduced that mine is a 1976 model.
     
  16. Slowhead

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    I had the Midnight Special, bolt neck, 3 way switch, maple neck and board.
    Bought it new in 74 or 75 for $299.00
    Sold it about a year or so later, neck twisted, electronics screwed up. What a POS
    I'd still like another, nostalgia is a terrible thing
     

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