Gibson Firebird III Arctic Blue Refin 1966

Solid Body Electric Guitar with Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard. Made in the USA.
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Gibson Firebird III Arctic Blue Refin 1966

The Richard Fortus Collection

The following specs were carefully collected and recorded by a skilled technician. For a more detailed description and questions regarding sound, feel, or cosmetic condition, please visit our Lincoln Avenue showroom or call to speak to one of our Used and Vintage experts.
Finish Details: The guitar has been fully refinished.
Body Material: Mahogany
Neck Material: Mahogany
Fingerboard Material: Brazilian Rosewood
Neck Profile: "C" profile
Neck Thickness (IN): 1st- .80" 12th- .96"
Fingerboard Radius: 12.00"
Nut Width: 1-9/16"
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Neck Details: One piece mahogany neck with unbound Brazilian rosewood fretboard and dot inlays
Electronics: The neck and middle pickups are original, but their leads have been replaced. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a Fralin hum-cancelling P90. The wiring has been completely replaced. The slide switch was removed and and replaced with a three way toggle. The toggle switch selects the neck and bridge pickups. A 5th knob was added to the guitar. The three knobs closest to the treble side waist control volume for neck, middle and bridge pickups. The middle volume control adds the middle pickup regardless of where the selector switch is positioned. With the middle control up, the middle pickup is always on. The two knobs closest to the output jack control tone for the neck and bridge pickups.
Pickup Measurements: neck 8.0k ohms middle 8.0k ohms bridge 15.1k ohms
Hardware: The tuners, nut, bridge, pickguard and knobs have been replaced; the original pickguard is included. The guitar originally had a vibrato unit which was removed. The strap buttons and truss rod cover are original.
Modifications/Repairs: -The guitar has been fully refinished. -The guitar has been fully rewired, only the neck and middle pickups are original. -A 5th knob was added near the output jack. -The pickguard has been replaced. The original pickguard is included; the hole for the original slide switch was filled. -A three way toggle switch was installed. -A Badass bridge has been installed and the original vibrato unit has been removed. The holes have been covered by the refin. -Schaller tuners have been installed. -A new bone nut has been installed.
Case Details: Hardshell case
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has been fully refinished; the finish is clean with assorted light scratches. There are a few small finish cracks at the bottom of the body near the output jack.
Tech Notes: -The guitar plays well with low action. The frets are wide and low with minimal play wear. -The original pickguard appears to be originally for three pickups, so we are calling this a Firebird III. -The previously recorded serial number dates to 1965; the serial number has since been obscured by the refinish.

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