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An absolutely stunning vintage Firebird with a story all it's own. This guitar came to us as a heirloom. The grandson of the originals owner wanted to find it a home where it would be cherished and enjoyed. He included with the guitar photos of his grandfather as well as letter from the family explaining the guitars linage.

When the guitar arrived, tragedy had struck. The lower wing and pickup leads were completely severed in transit as well as the headstock had split. Both the team here at Diablo and the family who'd sent the guitar were devastated.

Fortunately, Ronnie Monk; formerly of the Gibson Custom shop and current luthier at Diablo Guitars stepped in to save the day. Working from his private shop (Medium Rare Guitars) Ronnie took incredible care in the repair and restoration of this beauty. Absolutely no detail was left unexamined by the expert eye right down to the original Gibson spec braided wire.

The guitar is now in overall good condition for it’s age with moderate signs of play. It has finish check through out the instrument with some splits, scuffs/scratches, some light stand rash some dings/dents, finish wear and a few chips. (see pics)

This guitar ships with the afore mentioned letter from the family, as well as photos of the original owner, original guitar cable (non-functional) and original leather strap.

Guitar is freshly setup and restrung with 11-49 strings and includes Epiphone fitted firebird hardshell case.

Spec Summary:

Vintage Gibson Firebird V in Sunburst finish made in 1965 with Epiphone Firebird Hardshell Case (Restoration). This guitar features a solid mahogany wings body, 3-piece mahogany neck-thru and bound rosewood fingerboard with Reverse headstock. Equipped with a set of original Gibson Firebird Mini-Humbuckers in the neck position and bridge position. Controlled by 2-volume, 2-tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch comprised of original pots & caps dating to 1965. The 24.75" scale length neck has pearloid trapezoid inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets on a 12” radius with a slim taper neck profile. The hardware is comprised of it’s original Kluson 6-inline firebird tuning machines, a new bone nut, an original ABR-1 Tune-o-matic Bridge with nylon saddles with maestro vibrola tailpiece and gold top-hat reflector knobs with a 3-ply relic white/black firebird replica pickguard.

Spec List:

  • Make: Gibson
  • Model: Firebird V
  • Year: 1965
  • Finish: Sunburst
  • Condition: Good
  • Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
  • Country: USA
  • Serial #: 255831
  • Weight: 8lbs 5.9oz
  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Neck Joint: Neck-through
  • Neck Wood: 3-Piece Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Finger Board: Rosewood
  • Neck Binding: Cream
  • Neck Radius: 12"
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Neck Thickness at 1st: .805”
  • Neck Thickness at 12th: .846:
  • Inlays: Pearloid Trapezoid
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.697”
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Pickup Config: HH
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson Firebird Mini-Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson Firebird Mini-Humbucker
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Relic White/Black Firebird (Replica
  • Pots: 2-Volume, 2-Tone
  • Pot Date Codes: R13765** (1965, last 2 digits not visible for week.)
  • Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Tuning Machines: Kluson 6-Inline Firebird with Keystone Heads
  • Strap Buttons: Standard
  • Bridge: original ABR-1 Tune-o-matic with nylon saddles and Maestro Vibrola Tailpiece
  • Knobs: Gold Top-Hat Reflector
  • Mods: Replaced Bone But, Replica Pickguard, Repaired pickup leads, re-set/re-glued bottom wing
  • String Gauge: 11-49
  • Case: Epiphone Fitted Firebird Hardshell Case


  • Overall Condition: ✯✯✯✯ ·
  • Body Back: ✯✯✯✯ ·
  • Body Front: ✯✯✯✯ ·
  • Fretboard: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Fret Life: ✯✯✯☆ ·
  • Neck: ✯✯✯✯ ·
  • Neck Binding: ✯✯✯✯✯
  • Headstock Front: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Headstock Back: ✯✯✯✯ ·
  • Pickups: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Bridge: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Tailpiece: ✯✯✯✯☆
  • Knobs: ✯✯✯✯✯
  • Hardware: ✯✯✯✯✯

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Listed6 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
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  • Firebird V
  • Sunburst
  • 1963 - 1965
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
Body Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Model Family
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Stop-Bar
Neck Construction
  • Neck-Through
Offset Body
  • Yes
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Scale Length
  • 24.75"
Model Sub-Family
Number of Frets
  • 22


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