Gibson Unveil 20th Anniversary 1965 Firebird VII
A 20th Anniversary 1965 Firebird VII Reissue has been announced
by Gibson to commemorate 20 years of the iconic model design.
Available as a limited run of just 100 guitars, the Firebird
also ships with a pair of white gloves so that owners can handle
the guitar, albeit whilst its not being played, without damaging
the. However with a price tag of $9411 (approximately £6245), you
can see why Gibson felt the need for the extra protection.
The "reverse bodied" Firebird VII was a revolutionary design
when it first left Kalamazoo 50 years ago, and has remained about
as "custom" as it gets in the years since. This special 20th
Anniversary 1965 Firebird VII Reissue captures all the radical
design elements and key features of this groundbreaking instrument
in a guitar whose looks befit its status, with a stunning Golden
Mist Poly finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, gold hardware, a 20th
Anniversary medallion covering the rear control access cover, a
custom-fitted dust cover with retro 1993 Gibson Custom logo, and a
one-of-a-kind, hand-made, framed Certificate of Authenticity. It's
such a stunning collector's piece we're even including a pair of
white gloves for careful handling. Only 100 will be available
Period-correct features on the 20th Anniversary 1965 Firebird
VII Reissue include the labor-intensive nine-ply mahogany and
walnut "neck-through" design, solid mahogany body wings, three
Mini-Humbuckers, banjo tuners on a stylish reversed-six-in-line
headstock, nylon 6/6 nut, Maestro vibrato, a three-ply white
pickguard with Firebird emblem, and of course the accurate
"reverse-body" styling conceived by legendary Duesenberg car
designer Ray Dietrich. In addition, the 20th Anniversary 1965
Firebird VII Reissue will be among the last Gibson guitars to be
made with an ebony fingerboard. All in all, it's a gorgeous tribute
to the world's best-respected Custom house.
Body and neck
Like the original 1965 Firebird, the 20th Anniversary Firebird
VII Reissue is based on the complicated "neck-through" design that
includes a multi-ply mahogany and walnut neck and body-center
section with solid mahogany wings, all resulting in superb
resonance and sustain. The iconic "reverse-bodied" styling was
named for its approximation of a more conventional offset
double-cutaway guitar flipped front to back. The neck is carved in
a period-correct Firebird profile, and measures 0.830" at the 1st
fret and 0.980" at the 12th. A genuine ebony fingerboard carries 22
medium-jumbo frets and traditional pearl block inlays, and is
topped with a nylon 6/6 nut cut on Gibson Custom's PLEK.
Pickups and electronics
The 20th Anniversary 1965 Firebird VII Reissue carries three of
Gibson's new breed of re-engineered Firebird Mini Humbucking
pickups for superb tonal power and versatility. Loaded with ceramic
magnets and wound with 44 AWG wire in the neck position and 45 AWG
wire in the hotter bridge position, these dual-blade humbuckers
achieve classic Firebird tone with added punch and clarity. They're
wired in the traditional manner through a three-way toggle switch,
with two volume and two tone controls.
Hardware and plastics
The 20th Anniversary 1965 Firebird VII Reissue comes equipped
with an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, a Maestro vibrola with long
cover, and a set of period-correct banjo tuners, which were
originally included in the design to avoid spoiling the radical
profile of the Firebird headstock. All hardware is gold-plated. The
guitar features a period-correct black truss-rod cover with gold
Gibson logo, gold Top Hat knobs with gold inserts, and three-ply
white pickguard with red Firebird graphic.
For more information visit the
official Gibson website.
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