1964 Gibson Firebird V Custom Color Cherry SG Red OHSC Excellent Condition Original Rare

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A crown jewel for you Gibson collection (or should I say the cherry on top?): a 1964 Gibson Firebird V in custom color cherry!

According to Gibson shipment ledgers, approximately 572 Gibson Firebird V guitars were made between 1963 and 1964. The standard color, as you probably know, was Sunburst. However, Gibson offered 10 different color options for any model Firebird should you decide to order one new. There are 2 colors not included on that chart, though: Black…and Cherry! According to A.R. Duchossoir, “a few instruments were also released with the transparent cherry red tone of the contemporary SG guitars and in black”.

A little hypothetical math: If you were to divide the total number of Firebird V’s released in this time by the number of custom colors available (we’ll call that 11 since cherry and black were not available as custom orders), you would have an average of 52 guitars in each respective color. Now, I can't say for certain, but I think that is very unlikely given how rare custom color Firebird guitars are (and that goes for any color). We all know Sunburst is overwhelmingly the most common finish on the Firebird series of guitars. I think it would be safe to assume Sunburst could account for at least half (if not more) than all finished Firebird V’s in ‘63 and ‘64. If we were to assume this, then the numbers would be as follows (roughly): 286 in Sunburst, a few less than 29 in each of the others. Remember: this doesn’t include Cherry or Black! The point of this is to show you just how rare a Cherry Firebird actually is, despite it’s color commonality with the SG Standard, Les Paul Junior, Special, and ES line! I have seen more Cardinal and Ember Red Firebirds over the years than I have Cherry, and almost every single one of them had some kind of crack either in the head stock or the heel. The simple fact this guitar is not only completely intact without cracks or structural repair, it is a custom color AND a V is pretty remarkable. 
The only change on this guitar is the nut.

This is hands-down one of the finest vintage, custom-color Gibson Firebird guitars around - and in excellent condition with consideration to what is currently available and what has been available in the past 5 years. It is a collector-grade piece and pictures will never do it justice. The pickups sound incredible, the frets are in excellent condition, it is setup perfectly. The electronics are completely undisturbed and display respective date codes from 1963 and 1964. There are a few marks from handling and light use over the past 55 years and a little cable burn on the back, all of which is pictured. The original finish is rich and vibrant. This is an uncirculated guitar sure to fit right in with any collection. With original hard case in excellent condition.

Questions welcome and answered. I'm happy to provide any additional photos an information upon request. International shipping available, inquire for quote.

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Listeda year ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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