Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Sunburst 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 III in specific used chrome hardware, a vibrato tailpece, and two mini-humbucker pickups. By mid-1965, Gibson changed the Firebird (as well as its counterpart Thunderbird bass) to a more traditional "non-reversed" body shape.  

Years of Production: 
1963 - 1970

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Unique to this Year: Body orientation reverses in mid 1965 and neck is now set rather than thru. Other changes to model include thre P-90s instead of two mini-humbucker pickups, unbound instead of bound fingerboard, and pickguard now has Firebird emblem. 

Wood Composition: 
Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Three P-90 pickups, 24 3/4-inch scale length, dot inlays, four control knobs, Kluson banjo tuners, vibrato tailpiece, glued neck, Firebird emblem

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was the standard finish for the Firebird III.

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

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