1977 Gibson L-6 Deluxe, (front), (back), (headstock), (pickups) One of the rather short-lived L-solidbody series which went through several changes during its '73-'79 run. Despite a number of name players (Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Pat Martino, John McLaughlin, Keith Richards, Mike Oldfield, to name a few) who endorsed the model, it never really caught on and wasn't big seller. Considered by many to be the best Gibson solidbody ever made, it was reissued in 2011 in a version with a standard ABR-1 bridge, stop tailpiece, rotary tone selector, and 490R/498T humbuckers. The original version featured Bill Lawrence designed "Superhumbuckers" which have been replaced on this guitar, likely a long time ago, by an old set of DiMarzio's. I do have an old set of the Lawrence pickups in my spares (shown here) with the black covers which were correct for this year (earlier models had chrome). Other than the pickups, this baby is all original and is a surprisingly good guitar. Martin had it on his bench for a few hours and really enjoyed the tone of the all-maple design with these DiMarzio's. The maple is unstained, which is the most popular color for this model as it's the one closely associated with Santana. Features include contoured maple body that's an exaggerated LP shape, with a very deep cutaway for easy access to the top frets. It's worth noting that the L6 was Gibson's first 24-fret model. Other features are unusual and inexplicable "house"-shaped pickup rings, wide Schaller adjustable bridge without a tailpiece, strings-thru body, decal model/serial on back of headstock (used '75-'77), Gibson/Schaller tuners with Keystone buttons, screened logo on black-painted headstock, 3-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard with MOP dot inlays. Pickups are an old DiMarzio PAF double-cream in the neck with what appears to be an early version of a Super Distortion with black bottom and no line dividing the two coils. They're excellent sounding pickup and, although we'll be happy to change to the Bill Lawrence for a slight charge, I don't remember liking the Lawrence as much as these. Cosmetically, it's in very nice vintage condition as you can see in the pics. Original low/wide frets are in great shape and with a very straight neck it sets up with commendable action. For a quality USA Gibson, especially one that's rather highly touted, it's a nice buy at $799, including a hardshell case.
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