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Gibson Firebird VII and Firebird V

1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 9

Gibson Guitar and Bass 1964 Guitar and Bass catalog. Page 9. The first page of two on the new Gibson Firebird series. It comprised four guitar models, the Gibson Firebird VII and Firebird V on this page, and the Firebirds III and I on page 10. Two bass guitars in the same series, the Thunderbird basses, are shown on page 13.

This was, of course, the first catalog appearance of the Firebird series, and in fact the only appearance of these early 'reverse body' models; by the time of the next catalog in 1966, the entire series had been redesigned with a flipped body - the 'non reverse' Firebirds, as they are usually known.

The Firebird V and particularly the Firebird VII were the most deluxe of the series, and priced accordingly. In fact the Firebird VII was the most expensive solid body guitar produced by Gibson at this time, even out-pricing the SG Custom by $20. The September 1964 US price list (zone 1) suggests prices of $500 and $360 for the Firebird VII and V respectively.

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1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog, page 9: Gibson Firebird VII and Firebird V
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Vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul ES-335 Firebird Harness Pots caps Switch

Vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul ES-335 Firebird Harness Pots caps Switch

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Rare Vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul, ES-335, ES-175, Firebird Harness Potentiometers Pots Switch... more
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1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Vintage Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Vintage Guitar Sunburst w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The basic elements of the Firebird design add up to a resonant and powerful platform, with mahogany set-neck construction and a thick Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Acoustically, the guitar has a very clear and resonant voice with a chime and cut that translates well through the trio of original P-90 pickups
The bridge pickup has great midrange kick, harmonic density and a glassy, ... more
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1981 Gibson Firebird II w /  Moog Active Electronics

1981 Gibson Firebird II w / Moog Active Electronics

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Introducing a true rarity, the 1981 Gibson Firebird II Artist. This guitar is a collector's dream, boasting a super unique time period for Gibson and retaining all of its original electronics, which still perform flawlessly. With its striking sunburst finish and maple body, this Firebird II Artist exudes vintage charm and undeniable coolness. The set-construction maple neck, adorned with a rosewood fingerboard and dot inlays, offers a smooth playing experience with excellent resonance and ... more
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1981 Gibson Firebird II FM Artist CMT Sunburst

1981 Gibson Firebird II FM Artist CMT Sunburst

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a super cool and hard to find 1981 Gibson Firebird II FM Artist CMT Sunburst. CMT stands for curly maple top and apparently this variation was only offered for a short time in limited numbers. This instrument came out of a collection of guitars that came from an ex Kalamazoo Gibson employee. It is marked "second" indicating a finish flaw or ding when it left Gibson. This is likely how the original owner ended up with it. This is the first and only time this guitar has been on the ... more
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Gibson Firebird 1965 - Original Inverness Green, Super Rare and Beyond Cool

Gibson Firebird 1965 - Original Inverness Green, Super Rare and Beyond Cool

Commerce Township, Michigan, 483**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


How do describe a guitar that's this rare? Gibson offered Custom Colors in 1965 for the radical, space-age Firebird Non-Reverse, but 95% of the time produced sunbursts. About 60 years have passed now, and how many Inverness Green Firebirds have survived in the dynamic guitar marketplace? Here is one in unfaded glory! The killer combination of 3 Vintage P-90s, effective Maestro trem, lightweight, massive tones, accurate innotation, Brazillian rosewood, aged mahogany, beautiful checking, simple ... more
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Classic 1976 Gibson Firebird Bicentennial Edition - Natural - w OHSC -

Classic 1976 Gibson Firebird Bicentennial Edition - Natural - w OHSC -

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Classic 1976 Gibson Firebird
Bicentennial Edition
Made in the USA
Serial Number: 00247741
Pro Set Up by Lays Guitar
Comes with Original Hard Shell Case
Nut: 1 65
1st Fret- .75
12th Fret- .96
Radius: 12 "
Weight: 8 lbs
$$$ Professionally Set Up and Dialed in for Immediate Rocking. Truly Stage or Studio Ready / Worthy! (Fret work, Action Set, Truss Rod Adjusted & Intonation is Spot On)
This bird is ready to spread its wings and help you fly away on a ... more
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2023 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar w /  Hard Case

2023 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar w / Hard Case

Forked River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for Sale Today:
2023 Epiphone 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar
Ember Red
Guitar is in mint cosmetic condition.
Neck is straight with low action. No bowing
Tested and working properly
OEM hard case w / key is included
Please see pictures for more detail and feel free to ask any questions as we'd be happy to help
Comes exactly as pictured
Free Shipping within the contiguous USA
This item is for sale through eBay ONLY!
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1982 Gibson Firebird Cherry

1982 Gibson Firebird Cherry

Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition Gibson 1982 Firebird in Cherry. All original. Gibson mini humbuckers. Shows general signs of play and use, and has had a neck break with a bit of an ugly repair job, but is rock solid and has held up very well over the years. Original pickups are super responsive and thick while having a nice bit of bite to them. One tone knob is missing as pictured, but I have it in a bag and will include it in the case upon purchase. Super killer player grade example of an 80??s Firebird. ... more
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1966 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Polaris White 100% Original w /  Case

1966 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Polaris White 100% Original w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Reengineered with a non-reverse body in 1965 and limited in its production totals, this particular Firebird III sports a custom color Polaris White nitro lacquer finish
Tonewoods include solid mahogany construction paired with a rosewood fretboard, and this Firebird weighs only 7lbs 11oz. The trio of P-90 pickups have ... more
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all original 1964 Gibson FIREBIRD I Sunburst

all original 1964 Gibson FIREBIRD I Sunburst

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1964 Gibson Firebird I in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete with the only exception being one small chipped corner of the pickguard. The original hardshell case is included. This Firebird looks great with some nicks + dings, finish checking and other cosmetic wear. There is one filled screw hole near the bottom corner of the pickguard ... more
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Gibson 1982 Firebird II Artist CMT in Sunburst w /  Moog Active Electronics

Gibson 1982 Firebird II Artist CMT in Sunburst w / Moog Active Electronics

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 554**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here's a rare early 80s Firebird in great condition. It has the Moog designed electronics seen in the RD Artist series. The electronics are active- unlike normal tone controls these can provide a vast difference in tones. There's a compressor / expander in there as well as as some Moog magic- this thing is a testament to the electronics transformation we saw in the 80s. This Firebird is an great condition- with minor dents and surface scratches you'd expect from a 40+ year old instrument and ... more
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* NO tremolo arm included
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1 cover ONLY
* was replated with a THICK golden layer
* has wear from being stored
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1 cover ONLY
* was replated with a THICK golden layer
* has wear from being stored
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1965 Gibson ES 335  /  SG  /  FIREBIRD TONE POT USA

1965 Gibson ES 335 / SG / FIREBIRD TONE POT USA



250 K tone pot
* 1 ONLY
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1 cover ONLY
* was replated with a THICK golden layer
* has wear from being stored
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Gibson Custom Shop Walnut Limited Edition Firebird 2017

Gibson Custom Shop Walnut Limited Edition Firebird 2017

Bayreuth, 95447, GERMANY


All guitars are subject to differential taxation according to $ 25a USt and are checked for functionality before shipping. We ship our guitars throughout Europe via DHL. A 14-day return policy and a 1-year warranty apply. Since pictures say more than words, we provide a variety of photos instead of a long description. Please contact us at +49 176 98824817 or at [email removed by eBay] if you have any urgent questions Beautiful and stunning firebird from the gibson custom shop in walnut with worn... more
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1965 Gibson SG  /  FIREBIRD POT USA




* dated 14th week of 65
* shafts are squeezed together and some solder was added on the top=check last pics
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1976 Gibson Firebird Bicentennial Limited Edition Sunburst

1976 Gibson Firebird Bicentennial Limited Edition Sunburst

Timmins, Ontario, P4N***, CANADA

C $6900

This 1976 Gibson Firebird Bicentennial Limited Edition Sunburst is a rare gem that any guitar enthusiast would love to own. With its stunning sunburst finish and unique design, this electric guitar is a true work of art. The limited edition bicentennial model adds to its rarity and makes it a valuable addition to any collection Crafted by one of the most respected guitar manufacturers in the world, this Gibson Firebird features high-quality construction and exceptional sound. Its electric ... more
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Here??s how Gibson describes this guitar in the 1964 catalogue??
?A solid performer in this in this new lineup of solid body guitars by Gibson
Offers you all the range and versatility you could ask for, plus that sharpness in the treble range, and deep biting bass
FEATURES: New style and construction. Two humbucking pickups. Brazillian rosewood fingerboard with pearl inlaid position dots, bound edges. Gibson Vibrola?? exclusive Gibson offset body bridge. Three position toggle ... more
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I own a 1964 Gibson Firebird V that is finished in Heritage Cherry. I have never seen a vintage Firebird in this color, mostly sunburst, is this a custom color?


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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.