Gibson Firebird I Cardinal Red 1966

6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard. Made in the USA.
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Gibson Firebird I Cardinal Red 1966

Vintage

Description & Specs

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Finish Details: Original
Body Material: Mahogany Body
Neck Material: Mahogany Neck
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Neck Profile: "C" profile
Neck Thickness (IN): .85" (1st fret), 1.02" (12th fret)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.50"
Nut Width: 1-9/16"
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Neck Details: Set-in mahogany neck with unbound Indian rosewood fretboard, dot inlays, and headstock truss rod adjustment.
Electronics: Original Gibson P90 pickups and electronics. with 3-way toggle selector switch and volume/tone controls for each pickup. The switch contacts have been insulated with electrical tape. The pot codes date to 1965.
Pickup Measurements: 8.5k (neck), 8.4k (bridge)
Hardware: The nut is not original, and has a small mahogany shim underneath. An extra strap button has been added to the bass shoulder. The intonation screw on the treble side of the bridge is also not original.
Weight: 7lbs 12oz
Modifications/Repairs: The nut and one of the bridge intonation screws are not original. An extra strap button has been added.
Case Details: Original hardshell case. The bottom latch has broken, but the case is still secure.
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has aged nicely; the finish has consistent checking throughout the body and neck, along with small dings and finish chips. There is a large chip on the bottom edge of the body, exposing a small crack in the body wood; this crack was likely present at the factory given the presence of grain filler. The back of the body and the neck have some additional small dings and chips.
Serial Number: 800862
Tech Notes: Plays well with low action and optimal neck relief; the truss rod is fully loosened, but the guitar sets up well with 10s. The guitar is currently fitted with a wound G string due to the bridge's intonation line. The bridge's downward adjustability is limited by the vibrato; it is set to give the strings a good angle over the bridge, but could be lowered if the strings were wrapped around the bridge instead. The frets are wide and low with light wear. The pot codes date to 1965, and the serial number dates to 1966.
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