Gibson Firebird III 1963 one of 272 made - First Year, Sunburst

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This Gibson Firebird III is one of just 272 made in the first year of production, 1963. 

The guitar has escaped the structural issues you often encounter in a vintage Firebird.  There are no body or neck cracks or repairs.  There are other changes, and our price is set accordingly.

A professional refret has been performed.  As a result, it is the best playing Firebird in the shop right now (we have three 60s reverse 'Birds currently!).

Pickups in these early models seem to have issues.  I assume the pickups in this guitar have been re-wound.  They have been out of the guitar, then returned.  The covers have been removed and reapplied as well.  The Patent Stickers on the pickups are original. 

The pots date to 1963.  The tuners, knobs, strap buttons, pickguard, truss rod cover, switch ring - all are original parts.

The original tremolo unit is in the case.  It flat out just sounds better as it sits!

The original case is included.  It has seen better days.  For daily use, a 90's Gibson case is included as well, which will be used for shipping.

You'll find shipping to be expensive, because the box will be huge and we will ship it cia UPS Air to make sure it isn't out there too long.  The original case will ship via ground, separeate from the guitar.  

Shipping policy:

Three day UPS air shipments will be automatic for buyers including these states and those to the east of them: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.  Shipments will require signature on delivery, no exceptions.  If there is damage, the buyer must retain all packing materials intact and picture them immediately and send them to  Less than 1% of our shipments are damaged in transit, and we are committed to making sure your item arrives safely, but we are taking these additional measures to make sure you are happy with your purchase. 

  • Color: Sunburst
  • Weight: 7lbs 7.4ozs
  • Body: Mahogany 
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Inlays: Mother of pearl dots
  • Frets: Re-fret
  • Fret count: 22
  • Nut: Non Original bone
  • Nut width: 1 11/16"
  • Scale: 24 3/4"
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.84"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 1.02"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 1mm
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 1.5mm
  • Total length: 43 1/2"
  • Lower bout: 14 1/4"
  • Waist: 9 1/4"
  • Upper bout: 12 1/2"
  • Body depth/thickness: 1 1/2"
  • String gauge: .010-.046"
  • Hardware Color: Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: Gibson
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 6.33k
  • Pickup Original?: Original rewound
  • Neck Pickup Brand: Gibson
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 6.39k
  • Pickup Original?: Original rewound
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Bridge: Reproduction, original included in the case including the complete Vibrola system
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: Original
  • Pots/Codes: 811 1053
  • Case: OHSC included, guitar is in a later Gibson Firebird case.
  • Notes:

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