Conceived amid the chrome and tailfins of the Motor City, forged on the workbenches of Kalamazoo, proven on rock and blues stages around the globe, the Gibson Firebird was one of the most radical instruments the world had ever experienced when it hit the scene in 1963, and is still a guaranteed head-turner today. Its classic reverse-body styling strikes a pose that is truly unique, and tonally it’s a bird apart too.
Its powerful yet bright mini-humbuckers and through-neck construction contribute to a sound that’s both cutting and full of sustain. Roughly 2500 Firebird guitars were produced between 1963-’65, including the few “non-reverse” Firebirds in the transition period that marked the demise of the original “reverse-body” styling.
Body Material: Mahogany Wings
Neck Material: 9 Ply Firebird
Head Veneer: None
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Inlays: Celluloid Trapezoid-Reissue
Fretwire: Medium Jumbo
Body Routing: Firebird V
Body Drilling: Firebird V
Body Dimension: Firebird V
Fingerboard Binding: .040 Cream
12" Radius Fingerboard
1 11/16" Width Nut
Hardware Material: Aged Nickel
Machine Head: Firebird Banjo Style
Pickguard: Firebird V
Trademark "Firebird" Logo on Pickguard
Knobs: Black Top Hats With Silver Inserts
Mounting Rings: Firebird
Pickups: Firebird Mini HB
Circuitry: Firebird 2-Pickup
Finish: Vintage Sunburst
Weight is 8.5 lbs
This guitar is a period correct reproduction of one of Gibson’s most stunning designs. It is not a Custom Shop product, but could easily be in terms of build, components and craftsmanship.
It looks fabulous, sounds great and plays beautifully. It is built with all of the vintage 1965 features including 9-ply mahogany/walnut neck-thru body, Gibson ABR bridge with stoptail, fabulous Vintage Sunburst finish, dark 22 fret fingerboard, trapezoidal inlays and killer mini humbuckers.
This guitar just turned 30, but it is in excellent condition. It was bought new by its one owner in 1991 but has been played only sporadically in recent times. It has some light scratches on the back, but no dings, dents or blemishes of any note. The neck is a slim C profile and feels fast and comfortable in all positions.
No changes or modifications that we can see. And aren’t those banjo tuners funky as hell ?
Wanna sound different / look different ? This guitar will do it. These reissue Firebirds are highly sought after due to their near perfect replication of an original 1965 model, without the Custom Shop price point.
Comes in original Gibson hard shell case with inner shroud in excellent condition.