Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
AU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Jan 2019 > 1964 GIBSON FIREBIRD VII

1964 GIBSON FIREBIRD VII

Like the V and Explorer before it, Gibson’s 60s Firebird range was a radical rethink of the possibilities of guitar design. Of the many Firebirds over the years, the VII is regarded as the pinnacle. Huw Price lights one up…

Although Ray Dietrich’s Firebird may appear on the surface to be a toned-down version of the Explorer, it’s actually a more radical design. Even today, through-neck guitars are hardly commonplace, so in 1963, the Firebird’s construction was truly groundbreaking. The VII we have here is characterised by its three mini-humbucker pickups, an ABR-1 bridge and a Maestro Vibrola – and as beits a top-of-the-line model, all the hardware is gold-plated, too.

This example’s overall condition is wonderful; it’s clearly been well played and there’s lateral lacquer checking all across the body, neck and headstock. On the back, the finish is a fairly uniform tobacco brown, with the mahogany grain clearly visible – especially where it’s slightly lighter on the back of the neck. At the front, the tobacco brown tips over the edges and the sunburst transitions to a more amber centre, with a hint of redness at the crossover. The pickguard has a mellow, aged quality, with a touch of wear on the Firebird logo and shrinkage around the screw holes. The hole at the end of the horn has three cracks but is hanging together, unlike the corner in the cutaway, which has snapped of.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Guitar Magazine - Jan 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - Jan 2019
$5.99
Or 599 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 2.92 per issue
SAVE
51%
Was $47.99
Now $34.99
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.49 per issue
SAVE
25%
$4.49
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Guitar Magazine

The new issue of The Guitar Magazine is available now±