Vintage Instruments: Gibson Guitars

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2010 Gibson '65 Firebird VII Reissue

Introduced in 1963, the Firebird series of guitars featured a neck-through body design, a unique body shape with a reversed look and a similarly unique headstock. They also featured small humbucking pickups that were built quite unlike the company’s standard sized units. The look, feel, and tone of these guitars was something completely new for Gibson at that time. The Firebird VII was at the top of the four guitar Firebird line up, and featured a bound ebony fingerboard with large pearl inlays, three pickups, gold hardware, and a Maestro Vibrola.

This custom shop iteration of the venerable Firebird model is quite faithful in its build and design, and although the modern pickups aren’t built exactly like originals, they do capture the famous bite of the originals. And if you’re a Johnny Winter or Eric Clapton fan you know what these guitars are all about.

In near mint condition this ’65 Firebird VII reissue is a serious thing of beauty. There’s not too many other production guitar models that offer the kind of eye candy that you see here. With its elongated reverse and sculpted headstock, crazy-cool body outline, and heavy duty bedazzlement of gold hardware, pearl inlays and Vibrola tailpiece the Firebird VII is unlike anything else out there.

Set-up here in shop the guitar plays perfectly and feels great thanks to its and fast D-shaped neck carve. Nut width of 1-11/16, 24.75” scale.

With original hardshell case, docs, and COA.

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