GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)

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1963 to 1965

Production of the FIREBIRD III began in 1963 and ended in 1969. For their Les Paul and SG line, Gibson used the terms Junior, Special, Standard and Custom to indicate added features. For the Firebird Gibson used the Roman numerals I, III, V and VII - so the Firebird III was one up from the most basic model - the Firebird I. The Firebird III had two humbuckers, banjo tuners and a stud bridge & tailpiece or Gibson Vibrola. The through body neck had dot inlays and binding. From 1965 to 1969, Gibson introduced "non-reverse" models after failing to achieve commercial success with the unusual reverse-body design.

Around 2,546 Firebird III guitars were made between 1963-1965, and that total includes a few “non-reverse” Firebirds in the transition period that marked the end of the rare, original “reverse-body” styling. Johnny Winter once owned an unusual Firebird III with reverse body but non-reverse headstock - possibly a model from this transition period in 1965?

 

Specifications (17)

General

Bindingneck binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Body

Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresasymmetrical body
Body stylereverse firebird-style body

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Hardware

Hardware colornickel hardware
TailpieceGibson Vibrola tailpiece, wrap-around tailpiece
Tunersbanjo tuners

Neck

Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)reverse headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelGibson mini humbucker(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

Prices (1)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2010$150good

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