Gibson  Firebird III Solid Body Electric Guitar (1964), ser. #216165, black tolex hard shell case.
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Gibson Firebird III 1963 - 1965

Gibson Firebird III 1963 - 1965

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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 III used chrome hardware, a bound neck with dot inlays, a "short" Maestro vibrato tailpiece, and two Firebird pickups -- 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 III
Finish
  • Cardinal Red
  • Cherry
  • Ember Red
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1963 - 1965
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Tailpiece
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Sunburst
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Model Family
  • Gibson Firebird
Model Sub-Family
  • Gibson Firebird III Reverse
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Number of Frets
  • 22
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • Yes
Pickup Configuration
  • HH
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 24.75"

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