Produced between 1975 and 1980, the Gibson S-1 was another somewhat oddball '70s Gibson creation that launched with high profile endorsements from Carlos Santana and Keith Richards, but failed to establish any popularity at the time. Like the similar Marauder model, the S-1 has gone on to find a cult following of sorts, and this 1976 Gibson S-1 perfectly showcases the unique appeal these guitars can have.
With an alder body & maple neck with Rosewood fretboard, the S-1 features body styling akin to a Les Paul, with a Flying V style headstock design and a slim, fast playing neck. The body is fitted with a unique pickup configuration designed by Bill Lawrence, with the intention of the S-1 encroaching on Fender's bolt on neck, single coil guitar market share. The three see through single coil pickups feature a four position rotary switch for neck & middle and middle & bridge pickup pairings along with all three pickups engaged and a neck & bridge out of phase setting. The toggle switch bypasses the rotary selector, with the bridge going straight to the volume and tone circuit.
This guitar is in very good, all original condition, with only minimal signs of play wear and patina, and has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop. This guitar also includes a 3 year warranty.