GIBSON Firebird: Reverse Models

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GIBSON FIREBIRD

GIBSON produced the FIREBIRD between 1976 and 1979

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GIBSON FIREBIRD '76

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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)

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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GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)

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.

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GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO

The Gibson Firebird Studio was introduced in 2004 and features the classic reverse body shape but with a conventional set neck (not-neck through)  and full-sized humbucking pickups. Gibson’s highly collectibel first-generation 1963 Firebird guitars (designed by Ray Dietrich) had the treble bout longer than the bass bout (the so-called revese body), neck-thru-body construction and mini-humbucking pickups. The Firebird Studio model maintains this vintage vibe with the reverse-body design, while its conventional set neck makee an affordable reverse-body Firebird.

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GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)

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GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)

Production of the reverse body FIREBIRD V began in 1963 and ended in 1965. 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 V was the equivalent of the "Standard" Firebird.

The Firebird V had two humbuckers, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays, nickel plated hardware, banjo tuners and a tuno-matic bridge with Deluxe Gibson Vibrola tailpiece.

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GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition

Production of the Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition began in 1972 and ended in 1973

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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)

Production of the reverse body FIREBIRD VII began in 1963 and ended in 1965. 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 VII was the top of the Firebird range

The Firebird VII had three humbuckers, bound ebony fingerboard with block inlays, gold plated hardware, banjo tuners and a tuno-matic bridge with Deluxe Gibson Vibrola tailpiece.

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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)

Gibson reissued the FIREBIRD VII from 2002 - 2008 as part of the Designer Collection. It had a design similar to the original Firebird VII - including the reverse body and headstock. Pickups were high output ceramic mini-humbuckers

The Gibson "1965 Firebird VII Reissue" was also available at the same time as this model - but this was a Gibson Historic Designer / Custom Shop model and had different pickups, finishes and neck profile - even more closely matching the original.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsNumber of stringsBindingScale lengthMade in
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
No image yetebony finish, natural finish, tobacco finish, white finishsunburst finish6 strings---
GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
-sunburst finish6 strings---
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
--6 stringsneck binding24.75 inches scale-length-
GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
ebony finish, red finish, white finish-6 strings-24.75 inches scale-lengthUSA
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
No image yetebony finish, red finish, white finishsunburst finish6 strings---
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
--6 stringsneck binding24.75 inches scale-length-
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
--6 stringsneck binding24.75 inches scale-length-
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
blue finish, copper finish, red finishmetallic finish, sunburst finish6 strings-24.75 inches scale-lengthUSA
ModelBody styleBody materialBody shape featuresPickguard material
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
reverse firebird-style body---
GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
hourglass style, reverse firebird-style bodymahogany bodyasymmetrical bodywhite pickguard
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
reverse firebird-style bodymahogany bodyasymmetrical body-
GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
reverse firebird-style bodymahogany body-white pickguard
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
hourglass stylemahogany bodyasymmetrical bodywhite pickguard
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
reverse firebird-style bodymahogany bodyasymmetrical body-
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
reverse firebird-style bodymahogany bodyasymmetrical body-
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
Firebird style bodymahogany body-white pickguard
ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpieceTuners
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
wraparound bridgenickel hardwarewrap-around tailpiecebanjo tuners
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
-nickel hardwareGibson Vibrola tailpiece, wrap-around tailpiecebanjo tuners
GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardware, gold hardwarestop tailpieceGrover mini tuners
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardwarestop tailpiecebanjo tuners
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
tune-o-matic bridgenickel hardwareGibson Vibrola tailpiece, wrap-around tailpiecebanjo tuners
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
tune-o-matic bridgegold-plated hardwareGibson Vibrola tailpiece, wrap-around tailpiecebanjo tuners
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwareGibson Vibrola tailpiece-
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
-rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
pearl fingerboard inlay material, pearloid fingerboard inlaysrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
-rosewood fingerboardtrapezoid fingerboard position markers
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardtrapezoid fingerboard position markers
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
ModelHeadstock inlays or logosNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layoutNeck profileNeck width
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
pearl headstock inlay/logoneck through bodymahogany neck22 fretreverse headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
--mahogany neck22 fretreverse headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
-set neck-22 fret-six-in-a-row tunersslim taper neck profile1.69 inches wide at nut
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
pearl headstock inlay/logoneck through bodymaple and walnut neck22 fretblack face headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
--mahogany neck22 fretreverse headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
--mahogany neck22 fretreverse headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
-neck through bodylaminated neck-reverse headstocksix-in-a-row tunersthin neck profile-
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
Gibson mini humbucker(s)mini-humbucker pickup
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
Gibson mini humbucker(s)2 humbucker pickups
GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
Gibson 490R pickup(s), Gibson 498T pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
-2 mini-humbucker pickups
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
-2 humbucker pickups
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
-3 humbucker pickups
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
Gibson mini humbucker(s)3 mini-humbucker pickups
ModelTone controlsVolume controlsControls shapeNumber of control knobsPickup selector controls
GIBSON FIREBIRD
1976 to 1979
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GIBSON FIREBIRD '76
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GIBSON FIREBIRD I (reverse body)
1963 to 1965
1 tone control1 volume control---
GIBSON FIREBIRD III (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
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GIBSON FIREBIRD STUDIO
2004
2 tone controls2 volume controlstop hat controls4 control knobs3-way selector switch
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REISSUE)
1990
2 tone controls2 volume controls--3-way selector switch
GIBSON FIREBIRD V (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
2 tone controls2 volume controls---
GIBSON Firebird V Medallion Limited Edition
1972 to 1973
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GIBSON FIREBIRD VII (REVERSE)
1963 to 1965
2 tone controls2 volume controls---
GIBSON FIREBIRD VII REISSUE (Designer Collection)
2002 to 2008
2 tone controls2 volume controls-4 control knobs3-way selector switch