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Gibson L6-S notable users

The Gibson L6-S was launched in 1972, and had numerous high profile users and endorsers throughout the mid 1970s. These L6-S endorsers include Carlos Santana, jazz guitarist Al DiMeola, and Rich Williams of Kansas - all of whom appeared in official Gibson publicity with this model.

Other early L6-S users include Keith Richards of the Stones who has been pictured with the L6S Custom, and Paul Stanley of Kiss who had a Midnight Special. Both of these musicians were Gibson endorsers at the time, but were more usually associated with Les Pauls.

Carlos Santana - Santana

Carlos Santana endorsing the L6-S. From the cover of the 1975 Gibson solid-body catalogue

Carlos Santana endorsing the L6-S. From the cover of the 1975 Gibson solid-body catalogue

Carlos Santana endorsing the L6-S. From a 1974 music publication
Carlos Santana endorsing the L6-S. From a 1976 music publication

1974 and 1976 Gibson L6-S adverts

Carlos Santana started playing the L6-S in 1974 - he heaped praise upon it in the November '74 issue of Guitar Player magazine, and by 1975 was on the cover of the Gibson solid-body catalogue, and further magazine adverts as an endorsee.

Oh, I just flipped over this Gibson L6-S. It's not like i'm endorsing it, but that axe is beautiful. It's got more accessible frets, and the pickups are just incredible. With the controls, I can make it sound like a Stratocaster, a Telecaster, an SG, or a Les Paul - I get them all. It has a very fast fingerboard, and it's clean sounding.

Within a couple years Santana was endorsing Yamaha guitars. From June 1978's edition of Guitar Player magazine: The reason I left Gibson was because I feel like they're McDonalds now; they just wrap a hamburger and throw it at you... Yamaha to me, is more like my wife at Thanksgiving.

Yamaha came out with a guitar called a Super Combinator, and the body looks like a takeoff on a Stratocaster, but it's got all those phases that the L6-S has. It sounds like a Telecaster, or like a Strat with the switch between the pickup positions. That's why I liked the L6-S - because it was a Gibson, but it sounded almost like a Strat. But i've got to tell you the truth: that guitar was like a General Motors car - within two months, man, something would always go out. I found myself almost bleeding to sustain a note, and I know it wasn't all the amps fault.

Rich Williams and Kerry Livgren - Kansas

1977 Gibson poster featuring Rich Williams of Kansas, with his modified L6-S
1977 Gibson poster featuring Rich Williams of Kansas, with his modified L6-S

Rich Williams used the L6-S widely in the mid 1970s, and was featured in a 1977 Gibson poster, performing live. Both Williams and Livgren talk about the L6-S in their Guitar Player interview from 1978 (the relevant section is reproduced below).

Rich Williams ..shattered the neck on the Les Paul, and so I thought i'd try something different after that. The Gibson L6-S came out around that time, so I bought a couple of those. One of them was a real piece of crap - it didn't sound any good at all. The other one I liked. The L6-S I played is the first one that ever came to Kansas, and it looked a little different than others i've seen. The inlays on the new ones are round and on mine they were square. I liked it a lot, but I got tired of the maple neck - it seemed to play hard. It's amazing - Kerry's had an ebony neck, and we'd both put on the same kinds of strings on our guitars and his was much easier to play.

Kerry Livgren For some reason stretching strings on a maple neck is really hard.

Guitar Player What is it about the L6-S that you like more than the Les Paul?

Rich Williams I like the variety afforded by the six-way switch, and the pickups have a little bit more groan to them. The bottom seems a little tighter. What I don't like about it is that the six-way switch is a little inconvenient; the standard three-way pickup selector on a Les Paul is a lot easier. The main thing I don't like about the L6-S is that the pickups have so much gain on them - it's really hard to get good crisp tones. Basically my L6-S was stock except that I put Grover 16-to-1 heads on it; I also had the neck worked on and the frets filed down a few times to get rid of buzzes.

Kerry Livgren The thing I like about the L6-S is how high the neck goes; on my Les Paul it's hard to play up around the high A, but on the L6-S it's really easy. It has two full octaves, which means there's two more frets.

Rich Williams' Gibson L6-S - signed by Kansas as a gift to artist Jefferson Wood

Actually Rich Williams' L6-S - has been modified, probably around 1976. Note the extra control knob where the original output jack was situated. Also the non-polepiece L6-S super-humbuckers have been replaced by what are(perhaps) Gibson PAF style pickups. This guitar was signed by Kansas and gifted to artist Jefferson Wood, who produced some concert artwork for them.

Keith Richards - Rolling Stones

Keith Richards was a Gibson endorsing artist in the middle 1970s, most famously appearing on the cover of the 1975 Les Paul catalogue, but he has been pictured with a natural L6-S, which he received on a visit to the Kalamazoo plant in July 1975.

Al DiMeola

Al DiMeola in his 1977 Gibson advertisement for the L6-S Custom

Jazz guitarist Al DiMeola appeared in this 1977 advertisement for the L6-S playing an ebony Custom.

Johnny Borrell - Razorlight

Johnny Borrell of Razorlight playing his Gibson L6-S Custom
Johnny Borrell of Razorlight playing his Gibson L6-S Deluxe

Johnny Borrell of Razorlight plays two L6-S guitars, left: a natural L6-S Deluxe, far left: Tobacco Sunburst L6-S Custom.

I just got a new guitar! And I got a new amp, so I’ve now got two amps onstage and two guitars exactly the same. And they’re very rare – not expensive, but very rare. It’s a Gibson L6S and they were only made for about five years in the ‘70s, and now I have two of them. So my life is fucking great! Hehehe. I’ve got a Marshall stack, a fucking Vox, and two beautiful guitars. Know what I mean? What more could I want?

Photos courtesy of photographer Sophie Jarry, quotation from an interview with Johnny Borrell on drowned in sound website

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1977 Gibson L6-S Electric Solidbody Guitar Natural With Original Hardshell Case

1977 Gibson L6-S Electric Solidbody Guitar Natural With Original Hardshell Case



Vintage original 1977 Gibson L6-S in original Natural finish
A real nice example, nice and light and resonant. Beautiful flamed wood
Original Bill Lawrence pickups are warm and thick with classic vintage tones
Neck is straight and plays great all the way up and down. Real easy to get around on
Comes with original case, a few broken latches
Position 1 Both pickups, in series, in phase (wiring in series results in a bit more high end bite) Position 2 Activates the front ... more
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Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w /  Bigsby Bridge - Clone

Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w / Bigsby Bridge - Clone



Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w / Bigsby Bridge - Clone.
This is truly a one of a kind guitar, a beautiful clone of the rare and sought after Gibson L6-S made by Arirang in Korea in the 80s.
It's in great condition. Dual Humbuckers and custom Bigsby Bridge with vintage knobs. Sounds incredible, currently strung with flatwound strings.
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Haunted Gibson USA ? 76 L6-S Electric Guitar with Original Case

Haunted Gibson USA ? '76 L6-S Electric Guitar with Original Case

Toms River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Haunted Gibson '76 L6-S Electric Guitar with Original Case.
I am the 2nd owner of this guitar and it's beautiful. The first time I played it was strange .I own a bunch of guitars and have never experienced anything like it. It becomes part of your soul and the things you hear inbetween notes are like the guitar telling you what to play. It does this every time its played. It's a sad, beautiful soul. I feel like weird shit keeps happening so I've gotta cut ties here.
There's a small ... more
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Gibson Vintage 1970s L6-S Bill Lawrence Pickup Untested

Gibson Vintage 1970s L6-S Bill Lawrence Pickup Untested

Acme, Pennsylvania, 156**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Vintage 1970s L6-S Bill Lawrence Pickup Untested
The pickup is untested because the leads have been removed.
Also the bottom covering has been removed.
This is being listed for parts of repair.
This pickup was found in my father's guitar workshop.
My father was a luthier.
The pickup has signs of use consistent with its age.
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RARE Vintage 1980s Gibson L-6S Custom Silverburst 24 Fret Electric Guitar + Case

RARE Vintage 1980s Gibson L-6S Custom Silverburst 24 Fret Electric Guitar + Case

Kent, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a RARE Vintage 1980s Gibson L-6S Custom Silverburst 24 Fret Electric Guitar + Case
Item Specifics:
- RARE 1980's Gibson L-6S Electric Guitar
- 24 Frets, Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dots
- Maple neck and body in Silverburst!
- Volute with ??Made in USA?? marking
- 6-way rotary pickup / tone selector, master volume, separate mid-range and treble roll-off controls
- Serial #81760509
- This guitar was made on June 24th, 1980 in ... more
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San Pedro, California, 907**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


GIBSON L6-S GUITAR25991isxsx
the guitar is in great shape. it just doesnt have the pickguard. no case all the electronics work.
fast & free shipping. lowest buy it now NEW price at time of listing
please look at all the pictures and ask any questions you have.
Once in a great while and very rarely there may be a possibility that we will not be able to ship an item. We also have a store and as conscience as we try to be sometimes the item does not get removed from Ebay. We will ... more
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Gibson Vintage L-6S Electric Guitar 1973, serial #128716 with Hardshell Case

Gibson Vintage L-6S Electric Guitar 1973, serial #128716 with Hardshell Case

Greenville, Rhode Island, 028**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage Gibson L-6S electric guitar from 1973, complete with its original hardshell case and serial number #128716. The body is made of solid yellow maple with a maple neck, and has 24 frets and a 6 string configuration. This professional-level guitar is right-handed and has a body size of 4 / 4

The Gibson L-6S is part of the American Vintage series, and was made in the United States. The guitar is in good condition and has been well-preserved, making it a great addition to... more
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Gibson L6-S Custom, 24 Frets (Gibson??s first ever!), All Original USA Made, 1978

Gibson L6-S Custom, 24 Frets (Gibson??s first ever!), All Original USA Made, 1978



Gibson L6-S Custom, 24 Frets (Gibson??s first ever 24 fret guitar!), All Original, Made in USA in 1978
BEAUTIFUL -- Vintage -- Classic -- Rare -- Collectible
This guitar was part of the original run of L6-S??s manufactured from 1973 to 1980.
It is stamped ??SECOND?? on the back of the headstock. Probably because it was a prototype or because there are a few very, very small sections of dark wood under the lacquer. Physically and electronically everything looks good and works great. ... more
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Gibson L6-S Custom 1976 Natural Maple w / Maple Fretboard, DiMarzio Pickups, Case

Gibson L6-S Custom 1976 Natural Maple w / Maple Fretboard, DiMarzio Pickups, Case

Galesburg, Illinois, 614**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Originally introduced as an innovative "multi-sound" collaboration between guitar designer Bill Lawrence and Gibson, this 1976 Gibson L6-S Custom is enjoying a surge in popularity as a remarkably versatile vintage instrument at a true player's price
An all-maple body, 3-piece maple neck, and beautifully played-in maple fingerboard pair with the rock-solid intonation of an original Schaller adjustable bridge and Grover tuners, while Lawrence's intuitive six-way rotary selector switch coaxes a... more
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Gibson L-6S Electric Guitar #128540, 1973, Natural with Hardshell Case

Gibson L-6S Electric Guitar #128540, 1973, Natural with Hardshell Case

West Palm Beach, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Original owner since 1973. Purchased in Atlanta, GA. Played acoustic guitar in college 1965-70. Purchased this to play in a band after college. Never happened. Traveled every week for job. Suspended guitar playing in 1980. Lightly used, no visible wear or scratches. Fretboard like new. Guitar stored in air conditioned house since 1980. Am now 10 years retired with arthritis, unlikely to resurrect my musical non-career. Case like new, no travel wear. Comes with 2 sets new "old stock" ... more
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Gibson 1978 L6S Custom with 1978 HS Case. Pro set up. every note and bends.

Gibson 1978 L6S Custom with 1978 HS Case. Pro set up. every note and bends.

Granby, Connecticut, 060**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson 1978 L6S Custom with 1978 HS Case . 24 frets. Fantastic action!
every note and bends comes out clear. Original Bill Lawrence pick ups. no static in all pots and switch. seperate yourself from the pack with Les Paul and SG tones all in one! RARE: less than 12000 in all models were made from 1973- 1979. many "in the know "musicians perfer the custom over the delux model. better feel. maple body and rosewood neck. one piece. ... more
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Vintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar w /  Case! Gold Top Finish! NICE!

Vintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar w / Case! Gold Top Finish! NICE!

Santee, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


At top 40 guitarsour customers satisfaction is our first concern All of our items have a 14 day return policy If after 14 days you are not completely satisfiedwith your purchase, please return it for a full refund .Peace be with you
all returned items must be in the same condition theywere at the time of sale. All original packing must be included
Up for Sale is aVintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar!
Gold Top Finish!
This is really Cool. You are looking at a ... more
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Vintage Gibson L6S Midnight Special Electric Guitar Neck Hull Carcass Body Refin

Vintage Gibson L6S Midnight Special Electric Guitar Neck Hull Carcass Body Refin

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1975 Gibson L6-S Midnight Special Electric Guitar Neck Hull Carcass Body
With Wired Pots, Jack & Toggle
Repair Free Other Than Faded Satin Cherry Body Refin
Played Great Before Disassembly
Weighs: 5 Pounds, 15 Ounces As It Sits
This sale is for a Vintage 1975 Gibson L6-S Midnight Special Carcass with NO structural / play-ability issues or repairs. This guitar is in very nice shape overall and the refin was done very well. Cosmetically you may find... more
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1978 Gibson L6-S Natural w / Block Inlays

1978 Gibson L6-S Natural w / Block Inlays

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


In the video, we showcase a 1978 Gibson L6-S in the distinctive Natural finish, featuring the sought-after block inlays??a relatively uncommon feature for this model. This guitar is in good condition and operates flawlessly

Upon close examination, you'll notice signs of regular use, including scratches, finish checking around the input jack, as well as dings and wear on the back. Overall, I would assess its condition as a commendable 7 5 out of 10. While several components have been ... more
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1978 Gibson L-6S USA Made Electric Guitar w /  Original Gibson Hard Case

1978 Gibson L-6S USA Made Electric Guitar w / Original Gibson Hard Case

Waterloo, Iowa, 507**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Gibson L-6S USA Made Electric Guitar w / Original Gibson Hard Case
The guitar / Case are in good condition considering it is 45 years old! The guitar gas scratches and dings (see pictures) The electronics are in good working order The frets have some discoloration, but this guitar plays and sound great! The case shows age, but all of the latches are functionalThis model is known as a variation of the L-5S, which was released based on the concept of a solid version of the L-5CES archtop... more
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1976 Gibson L6-S Vintage Burst - Lawrence pickups- everything original & working

1976 Gibson L6-S Vintage Burst - Lawrence pickups- everything original & working

Youngstown, Ohio, 445**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Please note, I have done my best to verify my description   If you are an expert and find a mistake I wouldn't mind an email to help this listing    (weight of the guitar without the case is about 7 pounds 12 ounces)  
Gibson L6-S bearing serial number - 00142189 - First 2 digits are the year (1976) next three digits are the day of that year (142 is Friday May 21 in the year 1976 and the 189 is the instrument number and the 189th built that day in the Kalamazoo, MI ... more
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1976 Gibson L6-S Deluxe in Tobacco Sunburst 7 3lbs

1976 Gibson L6-S Deluxe in Tobacco Sunburst 7 3lbs



Here for sale 1976 Gibson L6-S Deluxe in Tobacco Sunburst. One of them unusual Gibson from the 70s! A nice and easy player that features 24 frets, a slimmer body, newer Gibson 490 pickups (I don't have originals), and the rotary switch was replaced with a 3-way toggle. The condition is very good for the age with some usual playing wear. Comes with a hard case
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1973 Gibson L6-S Custom with Maple Fretboard

1973 Gibson L6-S Custom with Maple Fretboard



Here for sale 1973 Gibson L6-S Custom with Maple Fretboard. This is a custom model being with a maple fretboard. A nice and easy player that features 24 frets, a slimmer body, original pickups and wiring. Tuners have been replaced at some point and they work well. The condition is very good for the age with some usual playing wear. Comes with an original hard case
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1974 GIBSON L 6 S MAPLE NECK - made in USA

1974 GIBSON L 6 S MAPLE NECK - made in USA



nicely worn in
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1976 Gibson L6-S Custom paint  /  Relic  /  Di Marzio Super Distortion

1976 Gibson L6-S Custom paint / Relic / Di Marzio Super Distortion

New Brunswick, CANADA

C $3250

Guitar comes with non original theme matching case in very good condition
No taxes on our Perfectguitar4U website
Overall condition:
- Neck is straight and all electronics work as they should
- Truss rod works fine in both directions
- Frets are the original ones and in good condition
- Lots of scratches, dings, finish checking, edge wear .
- No structural damage
- No break
- Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz
- Thin neck profile with volume
- 3 piece ... more
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Paul Stanley of:KISS played a White '74 Midnight Special told to me by Him in Dec'82. Dave Davies: KINKS played a Blonde L6-S in 1975 for "School Boys" LP & Tour. told to me by him in May'02 Barry Goodreau of: BOSTON played a Blonde L6-S in 1977. DEVO: 2 guitar players used Blonde L6-S in 1978 I have played a modified Black L6-S (in KISS Tribute) since 1984 ... Rik (MrZerr0)


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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar The Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional