Gibson introduced the Firebird in its initial shape in 1963 with help from top automotive designer Ray Dietrich. Gibson boss Ted McCarty persuaded Dietrich out of retirement to design a guitar not limited by the usual traditions of guitar construction. The result, influenced unsurprisingly by 1950s car design the Firebird would also lean on a rounded, reversed version of the '50s designed Gibson Explorer. The autumn of 1963 would see the Firebird released with four models; the I, III,V and VII mirroring the Les Paul and SG line, which used the terms "Junior", "Special", "Standard" and "Custom”. The original reverse shape lasted until mid-1965 when Gibson flipped the shape after slow initial sales and complaints from Fender. This new non-reverse shape lasted in the catalog until 1969.
From its neck through construction to the banjo tuners this is a faithful recreation of the original 'reverse' design Firebird from the 60’s. The Firebird mini-humbuckers sound fantastic with plenty of punch and push giving the incredible biting, sustaining tone that only a Reverse Firebird can provide. The neck is a comfortable C-shape, medium in depth at the nut but filling up as you approach the body. These early 2000’s Firebird V are excellent instruments and every one we’ve had in the shop has been great. The guitar weighs 8lbs even.
The guitar is in great condition and comes with its original Gibson Case.