1975 Gibson L-6S Deluxe “Midnight Special”


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So-called (we think) because an L-6S Deluxe in Champagne Sparkle (only 16 made in that color, all in 1975) was used by Kiss co-frontman Paul Stanley for the Kiss performance on Burt Sugarman’s “The Midnight Special” TV show on April 1, 1975, which was incidentally a rogue’s gallery of peak Norlin-era Gibsons. Did we mention they were introduced by Flip Wilson? So anyhow, the L-6S Deluxe was part of a somewhat short-lived series of collaborations between Gibson and Bill Lawrence, and featured a 24-fret bolt-on maple neck with pearl dots and a nut width of 1 & 9/16″, a pair of rectangular ceramic-magnet humbuckers with no visible polepieces (designed by Bill Lawrence, of course), and a solid maple body, in this case finished in rare factory Champagne Sparkle. Good weight at 8.2 pounds, plastic-button Kluson keystone tuners, “Nashville” bridge with interesting diagonal string-through construction, black truss rod cover and pickguard, black headstock decal, has the period-exemplary volute and “Made in USA” stamp. Controls comprise master volume and tone with speed knobs and a 3-way pickup selector. This one has some honest wear but is all-original save for added shielding in the control cavity. There’s a small non-structural crack on the upper bout where the neck joins the body. Made in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. comes with a non-original tweed hard case.