1976 Gibson L6-S Deluxe

Solid-body electric guitar

Guitars and Parts for Sale

secret guitar teacher blues courses

Whether you’re an amateur or an ace, the Secret Guitar Teacher can give you all the tools you need to develop your skills and passion for music. Become a member and gain access to over 200 online guitar lessons, each specially created by expert guitarist Nick Minnion

Gibson 57 Classic Plus Humbucker, Nickel Cover

Similar Forum Posts

Gibson L6-S


Latest Forum Posts

This is a fairly early example of the Gibson L6S Deluxe. Tobacco sunburst is the rarest finish for this model, with just 164 guitars shipped (less than 5% of the total) and just 23 shipped in 1976. (L-6S shipping totals)

The Deluxe, unlike the Custom, is strung through the body - ie strings enter the guitar from the reverse side of the instrument, out through the front, and over the bridge. There is no tailpiece as such.

The controls could not be simpler: a three way pickup selector switch - front / both / back - and a volume and tone control, both topped with black speed knobs.

The L6S Deluxe had different pickups to the Custom and Midnight Special; black plastic-covered L6S Deluxe super humbuckers, part numbers 13654 and 13655.

The bridge is a German-made Schaller tune-o-matic, as used on most solid body Gibson guitars of the mid seventies.

Gold silk-screened Gibson logo and Kluson machine heads. One marvellous feature of this guitar is the extent of the burst finish. Rather than appearing only on the body front, it is also on the body back, neck, and even headstock sides as shown here.

The Deluxe version of the L6S was shipped from 1975 to at least 1980. The last price list it featured in was from June 1979, however Gibson did continue shipping most models for a little while beyond the last price list appearance, and although no figures are available beyond 1979 (and supposedly only 3 that year), it is likely some were still shipped as late as 1981 and maybe beyond.

The case (see image above) is a fibreglass Gibson 'Protector' case, which came with many L6S Deluxes in the late seventies, although 1976 and early 1977 price lists only list a faultless (plush) case.

Gibson L-6S Deluxe serial number decal

The model name decal reads L-6 DELUXE. Note, no S. In between 1975 and early 1977 the serial number was a decal too. This is an eight digit number with the first two numbers representing the year. Interestingly, the decal on this guitar has faded considerably, except for the first two digits ('00' representing 1976), underlining the fact that these are separate from the rest of the serial number.

Images courtesey of justgreatguitars.com

Back to the GIBSON INDEX | comment

US ebay listings

Gibson L6-S 70's Electric Magenta w/ Kahler tremolo

Current price: $775.00
buy it now
Time left: 16d 23h 26m
Gibson 1975 Natural L6 S Body & Maple Neck

Current price: $319.99
buy it now
Time left: 3d 5h 37m
GIBSON L6-S Electric Vintage Guitar gorgeous in hard case

Current price: $1700.00
buy it now
Time left: 25d 6h 28m
2001 GIBSON L6-S Electric Guitar **PLAYERS GUITAR**

Current price: $829.00
buy it now
Time left: 10d 4h 20m

Current price: $1400.00
buy it now
Time left: 8d 17h 40m

See more results on eBay here

# # #
There are 0 comments on this article so far. Add your comment

Comment on this article

Email address
Anti-spam question - to catch web robots
How many legs does a cat have?