The Gibson S1 is a bit of an oddball, I'll give you that. However, what you get with this guitar is an incredibly flexible instrument with a sought after set of Bill Lawrence pickups.
Pickups are controlled by a combination of a toggle switch and a "chicken head" rotary switch. The rotary switch has four positions which allow different selections of pickup combinations: 1) neck + middle, 2), middle + bridge 3) all three together, and 4) neck and bridge out of phase. The toggle switch bypasses the entire 4 position rotary switch circuit and makes one straight connection to the bridge pick-up. If you ever get lost on the rotary switch, the toggle is your out.
The guitar is all original with the exception of one tuning machine, which is also a 70's Gibson part, but it is not quite right for the guitar so new screw holes were added to mount the tuner. The holes will be hidden if you replace it with a correct vintage tuner.
There is wear throughout, as pictured. One tip of the pickguard is cracked. The guitar came in with a different case, but I had a 70's Gibson hardshell in my stash so I added it to round out the package.
The serial number sppms to point to 1972, but the guitar was launched in 74 and 75, and the pots date to 1975, so what we have here is a 1975.
- Color: Natural maple
- Weight: 7lb 3oz
- Body: Maple
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Profile: C
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Inlay: Pearl dots
- Frets: orig. moderate wear, not in need of work to enjoy
- Fret count: 22
- Nut width: 1.684"
- Scale: 24.75"
- Radius: 12"
- Neck thickness at 1st fret: .785"
- Neck thickness at 7th fret: .841"
- Neck thickness at 12th fret: .866"
- Hardware: Orig chrome
- Neck pickup: orig. Gibson designed by Bill Lawrence, 5.35k
- Middle pickup: orig. Gibson designed by Bill Lawrence, 5.25k
- Bridge pickup: orig. Gibson designed by Bill Lawrence, 5.43k
- Pickguard: Orig
- Bridge: Orig
- Tuners: 5 orig, one 70's Gibson replacement
- Switch: Orig toggle and 4 way rotary
- Pots: Orig - code: 1377530
- Case: 70's hardshell, seems to be the correct original case
- In the case: Case key