Gibson’s Firebird range of guitars consisted of four trim levels and one major body style change in 1965. The trim levels mirrored that of the Les Paul line where the I = Junior, II = Special, V = Standard, and VII = Custom. The initial Firebird run utilized a revolutionary neck through body design but the entire line was updated in 1965 to an easier to manufacture standard neck joint similar to the joint on an SG. The body shape was also changed to what was essentially the mirror image of the original. The original neck through body was deemed the “Reverse” body style so that’s why collectors refer to the second version as non-Reverse.
This rare ‘bird, a 1966 Gibson Firebird III Frost Blue (non-Reverse), cruised through the shop a while back. Frost Blue seems to be a very difficult custom color to find for any Gibson guitar in the 1960s. It’s comparable to Fender’s Sonic Blue if you’re curious.
I know what you’re thinking, “Those tuners couldn’t possibly be original.” Believe it or not, these are actually the tuners that the guitar left the factory with. They seem to show up on some Gibson guitars in 1966 and 1967.
We’re always on the lookout for vintage Gibson Firebird guitars. Do you have one? Feel free to contact me here to send a picture and your contact information. If it’s for sale, let us know. We may even be interested in buying it.