1964 Gibson Firebird III + OHSC

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At A Glance:
Model: Firebird III
Year: 1964
Finish: Original Tobacco Burst
Modifications: Tune-o-matic and stoptail fitted
Repairs: none
Weight (kg): 3.74

Case: Correct Gibson hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Mahogany
Body wood: Mahogany
Tuners: Correct Kluosn Banjo
Pickups: 2 x Correct Mini Humbuckers
Hardware: later Tune-o-matic and stoptail fitted
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 4 x Correct 500k CTS

    Sometimes all you need is a 1964 Gibson Firebird III…

    Not many survive the decades without some kind of issue, usually the dreaded headstock break due to bad case design or some sort of modification. This one luckily has survived without breaks and only a few minor modifications.

    The holes for the original wraptail have been filled and a period correct patent number tune-o-matic bridge fitted along with repro stoptail to replace the original, shorter maestro vibrato unit. The original items are included in a bag inside the case. The holes for this can be seen. The finish is otherwise in great condition showing no real signs of wear. 

    The neck too is in great condition. The fretboard is smooth and a reasonably recent refret makes it a joy to play. 

    The remaining hardware and plastics are correct. The pickguard shows no cracks.

    Electrically everything is mostly correct and the pickups are both original black sticker ones from 1963/4. Elsewhere there are no signs of any changes and the pot dates read week 43 of 1963.

    The guitar comes with its correct hardshell case.

    Nothing really sounds like a firebird. The pickups have a quality that combines humbucker-like output and single coil clarity, a sparkle and bite that just cuts through. The guitar balances surprisingly well and after a few minutes you’ll wonder why you hadn’t played one before.  

    Not for everyone but a guitar we all need to tick off the bucket list. Is there a firebird shaped hole in your collection? Grab this one before it gets away…

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