HP Laserjet 6L not recognised under Mavericks when connected via USB

Hi there,
am desperately trying to connect my good old Laserjet 6L via USB port to my iMac that's running on Mavericks. The issue I have is that the printer does not even get recognised when unplugging / plugging the USB cable. Have tried different USB ports, to rule out port defect, but get the same result.
Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

This from HP:
Products not supported
The following products are not supported in Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, and the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system:
HP LaserJet 6, 6L, and 6L Pro Printer series
your options:
see if Gutenprint for Mac OS X has a driver
try a generic driver. See: OS X Mountain Lion: If the software for your printer can’t be found (the reference says Mountain Lion but it still applies for Mavericks.)

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