Gibson Firebird III Sunburst 1966

6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar with Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard. Made in the USA.
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Gibson Firebird III Sunburst 1966


Description & Specs

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 call to speak to one of our experts.
Finish Details: Original; there are a few small black touchups around the edges of the headstock, a well as small drop fills around the output jack and at the original strap button location.
Body Material: Mahogany Body
Body Details: Solid one piece mahogany body. There are some filled screw holes around the output jack from a previously installed jack plate. The top strap button has been relocated to the bass horn, and the original hole was plugged.
Neck Material: Mahogany Neck
Fingerboard Material: Brazilian Rosewood
Neck Profile: "C" profile
Neck Thickness (IN): .80" (1st fret), .97" (12th fret)
Fingerboard Radius: 10.00" to
Nut Width: 1-9/16"
Scale Length: 24 3/4"
Neck Details: Set-in mahogany neck with unbound Brazilian rosewood fretboard and dot inlays. The neck has been refretted, and there is a small mahogany shim underneath the nut.
Electronics: Original Gibson P90 pickups. The guitar has been fully rewired with on/off toggle switches for each pickup, a master tone control, and tone controls for each pickup. There are small wooden shims beneath each pickup. The replacement pot codes date to 1977.
Pickup Measurements: 8.1k (neck), 7.8k (middle), 7.8k (bridge)
Hardware: The tuners have been replaced with Schaller tuners.
Weight: 8 lbs 8 oz
Modifications/Repairs: -The neck has been refretted and the nut shimmed -The guitar has been mostly rewired -The top strap button has been moved to the bass horn and the original hole filled -There are filled screw holes around the output jack -The tuners have been replaced
Case Details: Hardshell case
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar shows appropriate wear for its age. The finish is glossy with consistent weather checking, numerous small chips and dings (particularly on the side of the treble bout), and mild buckle rash on the back of the body. There are filled screw holes around the output jack and in the original location of the top strap button, and the pickguard has chipped in several spots. The neck has additional finish chipping and small dings, and there are a few black finish touchups around the edges of the headstock.
Serial Number: 500057
Tech Notes: Plays well with low action and optimal neck relief; the guitar is currently set up with 10s with a wound G due to the bridge's intonation pattern. The body style and serial number date the guitar to 1965 or 1966; the exact year cannot be determined.

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