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Tell me your Gibson L6-S feelings?

wrxplayer

Gold Supporting Member
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I'm a little intrigued by these. Never played one but back in the late 70's bought the Ibanez version (which played very nicely) but I don't remember the 70's so that's no help anyway.

What should one of these in 7/10 cost? What would you compare the sounds available to? I know they're lightweight, which I like. I think they came w/ rosewood, ebony and maple. Anything special to consider there? Anybody have one they want to sell at a reasonable price? I'm curious of anything you have to share here. Thanks.
 

DrBob

Member
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Has the band Razorlight made any kind of impact in the U.S. yet ?
I ask because their singer/guitarist Johhny Borrell seems to use an L6 pretty much exclusively. I did a music industry awards ceremony where they played live, he's got about 4-5 of the things
 

michael30

Platinum Supporting Member
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I owned one for about 45 minutes in the 80's (part of a complicated trade deal). It felt like a quality guitar but I didn't like the way it looked. It sounded good and was nice to play. I might have kept it for a while if I had had the money.
 

mc5nrg

Silver Supporting Member
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Who told you they were light weight?
The necks are fairly narrow, the frets low and flat. Necks can be maple or rosewood boards depending on the model, body is usually maple. Decent Schaller tuners and wide Schaller sourced wide travel "harmonica" tunamatic. The 6 way pickup selector gives a wide variety of tones but is of limited utility live. The models with the "regular" 3 way toggle usually L6S Deluxe don't have the more complicated and hard to explain pickup switching (its NOT a varitone).Pickups are either Bill Lawrence designed chrome covered humbuckers or black plastic covered humbuckers.
 

Martin Horne

Member
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436
It was my only electric for 8 years. I really liked it. The 6 way rotary gave me out of phase and funk tones, the neck shape was comfortable and it had an ebony fingerboard (albeit not a top quality one). The guitar brand new with tax and hard case cost me $365.
 

wrxplayer

Gold Supporting Member
Messages
7,495
Has the band Razorlight made any kind of impact in the U.S. yet ?
I ask because their singer/guitarist Johhny Borrell seems to use an L6 pretty much exclusively. I did a music industry awards ceremony where they played live, he's got about 4-5 of the things
Hadn't heard from them, but it appears he's still playing the L6, but I couldn't get much from the video.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NQjHeh_quBY
 

HoboMan

Gold Supporting Member
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My brother had one a long time ago. Very thin neck. Didn't like it.
 

stratzrus

Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B
Gold Supporting Member
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21,751
I had one for about half a year when they first came out.

To me they had mediocre tone and no sustain whatsoever...I sold it with no regrets and haven't looked back.

stratzrus
 

rollyfoster

Silver Supporting Member
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a '74 is my main axe right now and i love it. it's weird, for sure. i also had to spend a lot of time with my amp and pedals to get the sounds i need. i have no issues with sustain. it can get pretty nasty zz top and stones-ish sounds if you ride the tone controls
 

The Pup

No Complexity Without Value
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I custom order one in '74 (I think).

It had a beautiful dark walnut finish, Mahogany body and neck with gold hardware, a thick slab ebony fretboard with real MOP block inlays and a micro adjust bridge, brass nut and the biggest frets ever made at the time.

I played that guitar for 20 years and sold it for what would be a great deal even today.

I liked the 24 frets, beveled contour body and smooth action...but the neck was never quite wide enough for me.

P.S. The guitar eventually received a Bartolini Hi-A neck and Dimarzio SD bridge pickup with a standard 3-way selector. I would love to see that guitar again someday.
 




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