Free shipping for many products! Please check the fields highlighted in red. Early Production Firebird I without The Bird Emblem on pick guard .. All Stock .. Had a Pro done many years ago headstock repair.. https://cartervintage.com/products/gibson-firebird-v-1963 The great Ariel Posen was in town and we had to have him demo some guitars for us. Gibson Firebird I 1963 - 1965. The specifications for the 1963 Firebird I were as follows: mahogany body, through mahogany neck, unbound Brazillian rosewood fretboard with pearloid dot inlays. This mahogany neck-thru spaceship is 100% original, plays, sounds, and … As per the reverse Firebird range, Sunburst was the standard finish across all non-reverse models. SOLD 1963 Gibson Firebird V, Finest we have ever seen! By submitting this form you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. At first this new guitar had no name as Ted McCarty recalled: Serial Number: 150253. Terms & Conditions | Registered Trademarks. Our pick from the latest catalogue is this 1963 Gibson Firebird III that, despite missing a functioning vibrato, is achingly cool with a dreamily playable neck shape and searing mini-humbucker blues-rock tones in spades. The Explorer-like reverse Firebirds appeared first in 1963 and were superseded by their non-reverse counterparts in 1965. 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 Gibson Firebird may not be as well known as its cousins the Les Paul and SG, but it does have a cult following of its own. The Gibson Firebird was launched in 1963, had a major redesign in 1965, and was largely forgotten by 1969. They used roman numerals ranging from I, III, V, and VII to describe the different versions. Model Limited 1963 Firebird I. 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. Overview. Gibson Firebird V, 1963. Ray Dietrich had been a legendary car designer for 50 years. Promotional sheet, with specifications, for the Firebird III, published by Gibson in 1963. The Gibson Firebird rocks a reverse body and headstock design as originally introduced in 1963 and was Gibson's first neck-through-body design. Gibson launched the Firebird in 1963 with a unique "reversed" body style that echoed the shape of a '60s sports car. By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the processing of my data in order to receive emails. 1963 GIBSON FIREBIRD I BRIDGE TAILPIECE USA : * nickel version * the 2 intonation screws are missing. Gibson launched the Firebird design in 1963 with four main models: the Firebird I, II, V, and VII. The Firebird I is one of the coolest guitars we've had the privilege of carrying here at Wildwood. Finish Color Frost Blue. This Gibson Firebird III could be either late '63 or early '64. The Gibson Guitar Corporation released several new styles during the 1950s to compete with Fender's solid-body instruments, such as the Telecaster and Stratocaster. First introduced in 1963, this axe was the first Gibson solid body to use neck-through construction. The Firebird VII really was the finest Gibson solid body available in mid 1963. An error has occured and this guitar could not be added to your cart. 22 frets. 24 3/4" scale. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Gibson Custom Shop 1963 Firebird V - Inverness Green at the best online prices at eBay! Seller does not offer returns. Weight 7.52 lbs. Of course, like all of Gibson's best models, it was continually revived due to public demand, and remains one of Gibson's most iconic, and popular guitar designs. Nitrocellulose Lacquer VOS (Vintage Patina), 3-Ply White/Black/White Firebird Hot-stamped, 2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness. Nothing looks like a Firebird, and nothing rocks as hard as the monstrous 3-pickup Epiphone 1963 Firebird VII Electric Guitar. The Firebird V, however was a step up, however, in terms of hardware and ornamentation. They made 4 different versions from economy to high end. Business seller information. Refer to eBay Return policy for more details. Contact details. 2. Gibson Firebird V 1963 Gibson promotional sheet. Reverse body and reverse headstock, All Nickel parts, Two fabulous sounding Firebird Humbuckers, Banjo tuners, Big full feeling neck, 1 & 11/16 inches wide at the nut, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard with crown inlays, Vibrola and Lyre tailpiece, Exceedingly fine condition with hang tag and clean original hard case! Duane Allman’s 1963 Gibson Firebird. Priced at $189.50, upon its release it was the least expensive instrument in the line-up. $4,000 - $7,000. At Gibson in the early 60s, coming down from the high of 1958 must have been a difficult proposition. Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music. But Gibson didn't just launch one Firebird. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The three-way pickup selector is situated on the guitars pickguard. [ Duane Betts, Facebook] The guitar was also recently featured in a video by the Songbirds Foundation (below), but not much of the history behind it was disclosed, aside from that it was purchased around the time that Duane worked on Wilson Pickett’s “Hey Jude” album at FAME Studios … Save 1963 gibson firebird to get e-mail alerts and updates on your eBay Feed. The Firebird III was the best selling of all the 1960s Firebird models. Very light weight , I say about 6 Lbs.. Dietrich had been responsible for both the sporty Packard Boat Tail Speedster and the iconic Checker Cab designs, so Gibson had faith that he could design a stylish guitar that would appeal to the common man. This item is out of stock, but we build most left-handed guitars on demand. Fender's colors, shapes and multiple pickups were endorsed by notable guitarists. Unlike the reverse Firebird I, the nonreverse model came with a Gibson Vibrola tailpiece as standard. 1963 Gibson Firebird VII, Tobacco Sunburst, Reverse body & headstock, Very Rare top of the line model with Gold hardware, Banjo Tuners, Three mini humbucking pickups & Lyre Tailpiece, Ebony Fingerboard with pearl block inlays, First year of production, Fabulous example, One … Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail. Gibson's innovation was flying high during the late '50s and early '60s, and the Firebird was definitely one of their most imaginative creations. Gibson launched the Firebird design in 1963 with four main models: the Firebird I, II, V, and VII. I was given a personal, “behind-the-scenes” look at Gibson’s latest Custom Shop masterpiece: a recreation of Johnny Winter’s 1963 Firebird V. I was ushered to the back area of the Gibson Custom Shop, to what looked like a giant stock room filled with the pleasant scent of freshly cut wood. According to Duane Betts, Duane acquired this guitar from Wilson Pickett’s guitar player. The list price of $445 was actually $20 higher than the Les Paul (SG) Custom at the time. Price Guide Estimated Value. Fired Up Since '63. + 7 S 0 P O N S O A R P A 7 E E D -1 -1 U J -1 0 F J -1 -1 1964 Gibson Firebird III … The Firebird V used chrome hardware, a bound neck with block inlays, a "long" Maestro vibrato tailpiece, and two Firebird … This Epi is based on the 1963 Gibson version. Late 1963: Earliest production ‘reverse’ models released, with dual mini-humbuckers, through-neck construction and bound rosewood fingerboard. 1964: Around 1,250 Firebird III guitars registered shipped. Sunburst nitrocellulose finish. When Gibson hired famed automotive designer Ray Dietrich to create a radical new solid body guitar, Rock 'n Roll history ensued. Spring 1963: Gibson announces new Firebird line. Return policy details. After success with the Les Paul in the 1950s, Gibson's popularity began to wane in the 1960s. Copyright 2020 Gibson Brands, Inc. All rights reserved. There have been numerous Firebird reincarnations since they were discontinued in 1970, but during their original run at Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory in the '60s, the Firebird I, III, V and VII models appeared in two different forms widely known as ‘reverse’ and ‘non-reverse’. Coupled with higher prices, this contributed to a decline in sales. With its offset shape, neck-through construction and scorching mini-humbuckers, the '63 Firebird V became an instant classic. Body Wood Mahogany Body Wings. About This Listing. In 1963, Gibson was looking for an aggressively modern look for a new solid-body guitar, so they turned to automotive designer Ray Dietrich. The Firebird V was functionally rather similar to the Firebird III. Oops, looks like you forgot something. Gibson's guitars, most of which were hollow or semi-hollow designs, seemed old-fashioned. Shop Vintage and Used Here: http://bit.ly/2KTlJKv WIN STUFF! Features 3 Alnico V equipped mini-humbuckers with separate volume knobs and an original-style Maestro tremolo for a … 1963 Firebird V Modeled after the then, futuristic-looking Explorer, the Firebird has a more subtle appearance. Gibson launched the Firebird design in 1963 with four main models: the Firebird I, II, V, and VII. Follow this product to see new listings in your feed! The Firebird I was the barebones model, using chrome hardware, an unbound neck with dot inlays, a simple wraparound … The result was the 1963 non-reverse Firebird. Return policy. He started in the drawing office of a small company in 1913, and over the next few decades established the idea of the custom car- body designer. We use cookies to understand how you use our site, give you an awesome experience, and deliver our services. But the Firebird VII pulled no punches both in terms of functionality or ornamentation. The late 50s and early 60s were a wild time over at Gibson - from the release of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, to the Firebird and Thunderbird in 1963. Sealfast MH-570T 12 to 1 banjo-style tuning keys. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to our Gibson Brands, Inc. respects your right to privacy. The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality and sound excellence. TPBR-85N bar bridge / tailpiece. Gibson Firebird I specifications. It was equipped with dual nickel-plated mini-humbucker pickups, each with a volume and tone control. Value Added Tax Number: DE 122767514. 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. Both models had identical circuitry: dual mini-humbuckers, three-way pickup selector switch and volume and tone controls for each pickup. Privacy Policy | Brand Gibson Custom Shop. Advertisement. 7 used from $8,999.99. This one will be patterned after Gibson's somewhat radical decision to hire a car designer to come up with something new. Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments. The Firebird would be embraced by a number of Southern and Blues Rock players including Eric Clapton, Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and most famously, Johnny Winter. The traditional 9-ply mahogany/walnut neck through body construction provides rich, warm tonality and incredible sustain. Custom Shop is proud to present this exacting replica of a vintage original, which uses authentic contours, dimensions and … The cheapest model of the first 'reverse- body' style of Firebird was the I (1963 to '65) - the Les Paul Junior of the line. The pots are dated the 43rd week of 1963 (right around Halloween). Nickel plated hardware, Mini humbucker with volume and tone control. Gibson launched the Firebird design in 1963 with four main models: the Firebird I, II, V, and VII. 1963: Around 270 Firebird III guitars registered shipped. In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice. Was the first Gibson solid body to use neck-through construction and bound rosewood.. 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