This is a vintage 1967 Gibson Century 6 electric lap steel guitar. This particular example, serial number 007342, is in very nice 100% all original condition with the original Faultless plush-lined case! This incredibly rare incarnation of the Gibson Century lap steel was only offered in the 1967 Gibson catalog. This spectacular specimen is the only Gibson lap steel to feature a mini-Humbucking pickup, which happens to have been installed in the same style as a reverse model Gibson Firebird. It also features a rich Cherry Red finish over a light-weight mahogany body, gold-anodized scratch plate and matching over-sized peghead plate, Witch Hat control knobs, chrome-plated Patent. No. sticker mini-Humbucking pickup with no visible pole-pieces, double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, yellow & orange fingerboard graphic including mirrored treble clefs, as well as, the original black Faultless plush-lined hard case with yellow interior and a small Gibson plaque attached near the plastic handle.
Serial Number: 007342
Pot Codes: 1376640
Cavity Pencil Code: 5-34
Pickup Resistiance: 7.07Ω
Weight: 4 lbs. 2 oz.
According to the original brochure “The graceful design of the Century 6 steel guitar makes it easy to hold and play. Powerful Humbucking pickup provides exciting tone, and the special Century peghead and unique clef position markers provide a truly beautiful musical instrument. Features: contoured solid body construction in Cherry red finish. Six string versatility with powerful Humbucking pickup. Separate volume and tone controls provide a wide range of dynamics. Combination chrome-plated hand rest and bridge cover.”
This Century 6 was shipped from the Kalamazoo factory on 3-31-1967 and is only 1 of 41 (V.4) examples with the aforementioned specifications recorded to have been shipped within the ledger. Interestingly, examples have been documented with both silver and gold anodized hardware.
This lap steel works perfectly and sounds absolutely incredible. With harmonically rich overtones and a naturally beautiful tonality, it is shocking Gibson hadn’t committed to using the Fierbird mini-Humbucker for lap steels produced prior.