Vintage Gibson Firebird Guitars



2015-06-26 10:32:10

Vintage Gibson Firebird Guitars were guitars manufactured during the mid-to-late 1960s.

Brief history and description

The Gibson Firebird electric guitar was first introduced in 1963 as the Gibson Firebird I, and featured a reverse body shape, one pick up, and a dot inlaid fingerboard with a bar bridge-tail piece. Some styles of vintage Gibson Firebirds also featured a rosewood or ebony trapezoid, or a dot mother of pearl inlay.

Gibson released various styles of the Firebird guitar model in the hopes of competing with Fender's popular electric guitars such as the Telecaster and the Stratocaster.

Initially the Gibson Firebird was priced relatively cheap, thus were considered to be economically valuable for novice guitar players.

In 1965 Gibson redesigned the style of the Firebird I electric guitar to feature a non-reversed body shape; however, this style of Firebird was discontinued in 1969.

Guide for collectors

Gibson Firebird guitars which feature custom-made colours are considered to be amongst the most valuable and rare. Gibson Firebirds with a reverse body (circa 1963 to 1965) are considered to be the most valuable, while Gibson Firebirds with a non-reverse body (circa 1965 to 1969) are considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.

Restoration of a Gibson Firebird guitar is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the guitar may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Gibson Firebird guitars, visit Gibson's official website or the Vintage Gibson Guitars' blog.


Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a red 1966 Gibson Firebird I electric guitar for $6,000 in February of 2012, and a sparkling burgundy 1967 Gibson Firebird III electric guitar for $3,750 in October of 2011.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a 1965 Gibson Firebird I Sunburst electric guitar for $1,700 in February of 2012, and another 1965 Firebird I Sunburst guitar for $3,500 in February of 2012.

Roland New York in New York sold a blue and white Gibson Firebird electric guitar for $1,100 in September of 2011.

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