Gibson Firebird III from 1965 I could tell that there was something out of the ordinairy about it but I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was exactly.
This guitar is in original condition and has not been modified in any way; aside from the usual knocks and signs of aging, it's as it would have been when it left the Gibson factory in 1965.
Designed by car designer Ray Dietrich at the behest of Gibson president Ted McCarty,
the Firebird was introduced in 1963 and has remained in production more or less up until the present day. The so-called "reverse" body shape was replaced with a more conservative "non-reverse" design between 1965 and 1969. Possibly the example we see here is a transitional model. Have you noticed what is unusual about it yet?
G L Wilson
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