Vintage! 1965 Gibson Non-Reverse Firebird III 3-Pickup Sunburst + OHSC



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Lovies Guitars is excited to offer up this 1965 Gibson Non-Reverse Firebird III in a Classic Sunburst Finish! One of Gibson’s less heralded 60’s classics, the second-try “non-reverse” Firebird models were lower-priced, simplified versions of the earlier “reverse” body Firebird series guitars. Introduced in summer 1965, these new Firebirds were available through the late 1960s in dwindling quantities, but were never really considered a sales success. This Firebird III has a body of one-piece mahogany with a standard glued-in neck, which was far simpler to build than the earlier laminate neck-through-body Firebird design. The non-reverse III is particularly distinguished by offering not two but three plastic-covered P-90 pickups, an unusual combination that Gibson had not used before. Typical for the second half of 1965, this ‘bird mounts all chrome-plated hardware, including Gibson’s “short” Vibrola unit with a plastic-tipped handle and the stud-mounted bridge. This guitar has had the slider switch swapped with a 3 way for pickup selection, as used on most non-reverse Firebirds. The settings are the same as three-pickup Les Paul or SG models: neck pickup, bridge pickup, or in the center position bridge/middle in an out-of-phase combination. Gibson rarely used P-90s in this way and it’s a cool and unusually quirky tone specific to the ’65-’69 Firebird III. The neck is more narrow than earlier reverse Firebird necks, but not quite as insubstantial-feeling as period SG necks. This is a great-sounding guitar, with powerful P-90 pickups that really growl when cranked. While the “non-reverse” Firebirds have often been discounted in Gibson history, they are very distinctive guitars unlike any other and are often excellent instruments. This Axe is in Great Shape, Especially for its age, however, there are a fair bit of Finish Checking, Finish Marks and Indents all over the body. This instrument is all original except the added switch toggle cover and switch. No Breaks, Cracks or Repairs! Includes Original Hard-Shell Case!!

WEIGHS in at: 7.70 lbs

.792″ at the 1st fret

.956” at the 12 fret

Serial: 505910

SKU: 3295

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