Gibson Firebird

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About Gibson Firebird

The Gibson Firebird is an original design solid body electric guitar. It was created in 1963 after Gibson hired a car designer for a fresh approach. The hot-rod inspired Firebird featured a bold design with a backwards headstock and a 'softened Explorer' body. Normally made with a through body neck, the Firebird is a smooth and sustaining instrument.

The Firebird is typically made with mahogany and has two humbuckers, usually the 'mini' versions. It also normally features a hard tail bridge and has a 24.75" scale length. This gives it the familiar Gibson feel, meaning it is very easy to play both lead and rhythm parts on. It has been very popular with inventive artists such as Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Blues soloist Johnny Winter.

A number of variations have been created, such as the 'non-reverse' Firebird, the Studio (featuring humbuckers) and Gibson Custom Shop reissue models. This is a guitar for those who value individuality and creative freedom.

Our Gibson Firebird guitars come included with a guitar case.


Why Choose The Gibson Firebird?

  • An original hot-rod inspired design
  • A unique tone from the mini-humbuckers that sets it apart from other Gibson models
  • Has been used by the likes of Dave Grohl, Gary Moore and Brian Jones

Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson Firebird

Question: What does a Gibson Firebird sound like?
Firebirds are brighter sounding than normal Gibson guitars thanks to their mini humbucker pickups. Players who love Firebirds love that they sit somewhere between the usual smooth, rich sound of a Les Paul and the twang of a Fender Telecaster.
Question: When did the Gibson Firebird first come out?
The Gibson Firebird was first introduced in 1963. There were four models ranging from a stripped back single pickup model to a posh three pickup deluxe model. These were denoted by odd numbered Roman numerals: I, III, V, and VII.
Question: Who plays a Gibson Firebird?
The Gibson Firebird has cropped up on all kinds of music since its introduction. Back in the day it was played by Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, and most notably Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd who used a Firebird extensively including the famous solo on ‘Freebird.’ Contemporary artists such as PJ Harvey, Chris Shifflet (Foo Fighters) and Gem Archer (Oasis) also love the Firebird.