Gibson Firebird I Cardinal Red 1966

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Gibson launched the Firebird design in 1963 with four main models: the Firebird I, II, V, and VII. Each was distinguished by different pickup and hardware configurations, though they all shared thru-body construction and a unique "reversed" body shape with a large lower horn. The Firebird I specifically used a single mini-humbucker with a combo stopbar tailpiece/bridge and an unbound fingerboard. By mid-1965, Gibson changed the Firebird (as well as its counterpart Thunderbird bass) to a more traditional "non-reversed" body shape. Earlier "reversed" Firebirds are worth more.

Years of Production: 1963 - 1969

Body Style: Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Two P-90 pickups, 24 3/4-inch scale length, dot inlays, four control knobs, Kluson banjo tuners, stopbar tailpiece/bridge neck-thru

Finish Specifications: Cardinal Red was an optional custom color for the Gibson Firebird I, as most came in the standard Sunburst finish.

Notable Firebird Players: Johnny Winter, Allen Collins, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton

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