1963 Gibson Firebird I Sunburst
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Gibson Firebird I 1963 - 1965

Gibson Firebird I 1963 - 1965

Overview

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 was the barebones model, using chrome hardware, an unbound neck with dot inlays, a simple wraparound bridge with factory vibrato offered in 1964, and a single Firebird pickup in the bridge position -- not to be confused with more standard "mini-humbuckers" that Gibson would use later on Les Paul Deluxe models.

By mid-1965, Gibson changed the Firebird (as well as its counterpart Thunderbird bass) to a more traditional "non-reversed" body shape.  

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

Note: A large number of early Firebirds have had broken headstocks repaired -- for pricing purposes, we encourage all sellers (and edit when necessary) to use "Good" condition or below when these guitars have had repaired headstock cracks or breaks.

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Firebird I
Finish
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1963 - 1965
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • Yes
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 24.75"

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