Gibson L6-S (1974)

Gibson L6-S (1974)

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L6-S (1974), Other Shape Guitar from Gibson.

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  • Manufacturer:Gibson
  • Model:L6-S (1974)
  • Category:Other Shape Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/07/2004

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Gibson L6-S (1974) user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 4 reviews )
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ericthegreat's review"classic guitar"

Gibson L6-S (1974)
The neck on the Gibson L6S 1974 Feels Great! That has always been the big plus point of Gibson’s and this one is no exception. I also like how light it is and the small body makes it very comfortable to play. Maybe it doesn't have the same bottom end as a Les Paul but it can still deliver long sustain and can definitely stand its own.
The sound is very dynamic - this is good...and bad at times. When I play leads or single lines this makes the guitar sing very nicely. When I play rhythm and sing along it becomes harder to handle (I am used to a Stratocaster).


It is 100 percent maple wood, which is a classic feel. Really takes me back to the good ol days when most all good guitars where made out of maple wood. With 24 frets and every single of the higher ones are easy to reach with out any problems.


unbelievable classic sound.


I own this guitar now for 17 years and it has had its ups and downs. First I had to replace the tuners as they didn't really take a lot of beating. So I installed Schaller Locking Tuners. After about seven years the neck started warping in the middle - which is the worst place. I had a luthier take out the frets and file down the neck (having to replace the Abalone inlays) in order to get it straight again. I hope this will be it for the future as this couldn't really be done a second time. He actually showed me another Gibson where the Truss Rod was inserted so close to the neck that while filing down he actually broke through!
So beware! I really don't like the company. They have been making crappy guitars for years now and keep feeding on the few things they have done right. But then they make instruments that are a joy to play at the same time.

moosers's review

Gibson L6-S (1974)
The Gibson L6-S is a solid body electric guitar with an impeccable feel and sound. These guitars were made in the early 1970's and I personally haven't seen too many of them around. The L6-S has two humbucker pick ups with two volume knob and a tone knob if I'm not mistaken. It also has a unique pick up selector, with six different options to choose from, hence the name L6-S. The settings range from being able to use each pick up alone, to being able to use them in tandem in various different ways. Needless to say, there is more control over your pick up selection on this guitar than most. The L6-S has 24 frets and is in general heavily built.


The feel of the Gibson L6-S is one of my favorite on any guitar. In as good a way as possible, it has a unique action that is very low to the neck, making it easy to play all around the neck and is especially good for playing lead guitar parts. The weight of the guitar is above average, as it is definitely heavier than most from what I cam remember. Getting a good sound isn't hard, and there is a lot of room for experimenting with the pick ups due to the unique pick up selector knob.


The sound of the Gibson L6-S is one that really rips and cuts through well. I can't think of any guitars that I would really compare it to, but I guess the closest thing would be something like a less crunchy SG, if anything at all. I've used the amp with a Fender tube amplifier and no effects or anything. In fact, we were really just using the guitar part as a scratch guitar with a full band. Nonetheless, the sound that we achieved with this guitar was still awesome even though it was a bare bones type of thing. I'd love to be able to experiment more with the pick up selector, as I think there is a lot that you can do with it.


I'm not sure how hard it would be to get your hands on the Gibson L6-S, but to me it doesn't seem like there are too many of them out there. They stopped making them before the 1970's were done and haven't made any of them since or even put out a reissue. Hopefully someday they will decide to reissue the guitar as I think it is a bit of a gem and that a lot of people would love it. Absolutely recommended for anyone who loves a great sounding and feeling guitar.

metropolk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson L6-S (1974)
L6S made in United States (like all gibson)
Mine is black (custom)
Originally it was two Bill Lawrence Humbucker.
On an (d in I 2) I put a Seymour D. SH13 and it is a wonder. I give in C and is more severe and nasty and my ESP Les Paul met.
The body is fine even if it is not the first gules a class is not so bad. In addition, the sound that comes out is ungrateful to forget his face.
It was originally endorser Carlos Santana who was the scratch but it is part of PRS in 1974 years of creation of this monster.
The bridge is the same as a Les Paul and mechanical range (one with Grover, the other gibson)
The selector switch has six positions (phase / out of phase, split, etc. ..) is not very convenient because head-shaped chicken (chicken head), as a knob fender amp.
It is mohagany and rosewood for the fretboard.


The neck is thin and very pleasant.
The finishes are mortal, mine were 32 years (they're all MADE in 1974 and 1976) and except for some pets the lutris (neck always right) and electronics do not sizzle.
She has a great balance and must weigh less than 3 pounds.
The sounds range from blues (type fender tele if we keep the original microphone) to the villain and the most serious possible (a requirement to change the microphone).
Originally the L6S should get the same sound that Les Paul, Start, Tele (thanks to the 6 position switch), but I have a Start, a Tele and a Les Paul and it does not sound the same. The sounds are original and very different, it's nice but not as sweet Gibson moilleux and a tele.


To make Metal is the most angry (she is 34!)
I play with one that has a Seymour Duncan SH13 on VHT head 100W all-tube through a TC Electronic G system on a Mesa Boogie 4x12 cabinet.
Setting clear we always get something clean, soft and warm (gibson).

I do not sound too out of phase, but the one I prefer is in saturates, it is much discussion on the bass and treble on incicive.


I use it for 5 years.
I like everything, even her face so she gives pleasure.
I have a dozen Gibson Les Paul I love and I love the Tele (2 guitars completely different and wonderful) but none gives me much pleasure to play metal.
For blues I resume my Tele or my Les Paul.
I paid $ 900 in New York (misery) and the second $ 600 on ebay, since they are worth between 1000 and 1300 U.S. dollars.
I do it again the same choice. Moreover, if I track other achettent I (the black custom not natural any ugly).

Flat's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson L6-S (1974)
- United States
- 100% maple body and neck (there was a touch then rosewood) mine is a natural blonde and aged in the sun (1976)
- 24 frets and two humbuckers + Varitone Bill Lawrence has six positions allowing combinations parallel, serial and micro by micro
- Tune o matic type bridge (but more broadly as the SG Special 70's)
- 1 volume 1 tone a Mid control and Varitone (the Mid control allows for even wider sonoritées)
- 24 cases narrow sleeves stuck (requires gibson) Grover home


- Round pleasant
- Easy access to 24
- Spartan but it is what makes the charm is carved from the mass and no frills so we do not question it plays
- The sound is not only good but also it is different and has Excellent all positions and combinations of medium and Varitone


- In my opinion it is suitable to all kind of music saw its versatility
- It gives all its presence, but no effect is characterized by a very good precision in disto has the trunk of a fat les paul but do not drown the notes
- Out of smacking characteristic of the strata does not know her breed Sliding Pay Per les paul (less fat anyway) through the combination according to SG medium and Varitone
- I love them all so I captured it in this guitar the perfect guitar Beef


- I have a few months but she left to become leader of the pool
- I love the system of Varitone and I still looking for the least (may be its reputation for fragility ....) or a small lack of some acute
- I had two strats, a Les Paul, a tele, and a fourth body, but this guitar is unique in its ability to pass on his palette of blues to funk round a snap (and Varitone) but none of the sound does not ring hollow immitis
is a real guitar that has a strong personality despite his versatility and sounds very rich
- Very good value for money it has the advantage for buyers not to have walked its output so it has a tiny coast
- I do it again this time a two choice rather than an opportunity to have crossed his path

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