1963 Gibson Firebird I Sunburst
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Gibson Firebird I 1963 - 1965

Gibson Firebird I 1963 - 1965


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

  • Firebird I
  • Sunburst
  • 1963 - 1965
Made In
  • United States
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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