2008 Gibson Custom Johnny Winter 1963 Firebird, Aged and Signed, Tobacco Sunburst

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Stunning recreation of Johnny Winter's famous Firebird expertly replicated by the Gibson Custom Shop, hand aged by Tom Murphy and Signed By Winter himself. Released in limited numbers in 2008 as part of Gibson’s “Inspired by Series” of guitars with only a select few receiving the hand signed back plate. With a serial number of #29 the guitar is in great condition with its original Gibson Custom Shop Case, Signed certificate and Warranty card.

Based on Winters famous Sunburst 1963 Firebird V it features the same neck through construction of the original 'reverse' design Firebird from the early 60’s. The Gibson Custom Shop team have gone to great lengths with the accuracy of construction going so far as to replicate the removal of the original Maestro Tailpiece and addition of a Stoptail. The Tobacco Burst finish looks great and the ageing is some of the best we have seen thanks to Gibson's finish maestro Tom Murphy. Featuring a nine-ply Mahogany/Walnut neck-thru body with solid Mahogany wings, a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid trapezoid inlays, single-ply cream binding and sleek reverse headstock with banjo tuners. Pickups are Gibson Firebird Mini-Humbuckers with the traditional four knob and switch control layout. The hardware has been equally well aged; from the tarnishing of the nickel parts to the simulated wear on the pickguard the Custom Shop really nailed it with the Johnny Winter Firebird.

Not only does it look the part the guitar feels great to play with a comfortable rounded ’63 neck profile that flattens off as you approach the body. It has a depth of 22.75mm at the first fret filling out to 26.54mm by the 12th. The 43.22mm nut width feels comfortable and the guitar weights in at a very comfortable 8.1lbs. Sonically the guitar has everything you would want from a good Firebird. The bridge pickups has all the cut and authority Firebird pickups are known for, clean tones have precision and attack with break up tones offering a sweetness to the decay. The neck pick up is articulate and warm by comparison with a flutey, rich, mellow tone with excellent sustain and balance.

The guitar comes with its original Gibson Custom Shop Case, hand Signed certificate and Warranty card.