Gibson Firebird XII 12-String Sunburst 1966

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.  By mid-1965, Gibson changed the Firebird (as well as its counterpart Thunderbird bass) to a more traditional "non-reversed" body shape.  In 1966 and 1967, Gibson issued a run of 12-string Firebird Vs. These featured two mini-humbuckers like the normal Firebird V, but had a fixed tailpiece instead of a vibrato.

Years of Production: 
1966 - 1967

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Unique to this Year: Only full year Firebird V was produced a 12-string. 

Wood Composition: 
Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Two mini-humbucker pickups, 24 3/4-inch scale length, dot inlays, four control knobs, fixed tailpiece, glued neck, Firebird emblem

Finish Specifications: Sunburst was the standard finish for the Firebird V 12-string.

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

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