GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)

  • Gibson Firebird I (1964), reverse body
    Gibson Firebird I (1964), reverse body


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1963 to 1965

GIBSON made the reverse body FIREBIRD I between 1963 and 1965. The Firebird body style was desgined by Ray Dietrich and was a radical take on the Gibson Explorer. The Firebird was the first Gibson model to use neck-through contruction - the laminated neck extends (under the pickups and bridge) to the end of the body. The Firebird I was the entry level model in the Firebird series (equivalent in status to a Les Paul Junior) - it had a reverse headstock with banjo style tuners, a single humbucking pickup, combination stud bridge/tailpiece bridge and no neck binding.

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Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelGibson mini humbucker(s)
Pickups configurationmini-humbucker pickup


Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings


Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresasymmetrical body
Body stylehourglass style, reverse firebird-style body
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard


Bridgewraparound bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
Tailpiecewrap-around tailpiece
Tunersbanjo tuners


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)reverse headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

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