GIBSON FIREBIRD I (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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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


Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings


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


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


Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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