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Gibson Firebird V 2010

Les Paul Firebird

Available Colors: Vintage Sunburst, Classic White , Ebony,

Conceived amid the chrome and tailfins of the Motor City, forged on the workbenches of Kalamazoo, proven on rock and blues stages around the globe, the Gibson Firebird was one of the most radical instruments the world had ever experienced when it hit the scene in 1963, and it's still a guaranteed head-turner today. The Firebird was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich (designer of classic Lincoln and Packard cars), enlisted by Gibson to bolster the guitar lines of the early '60s and help solidify the company's eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers.

Dietrich's unconventional design was based loosely on both the legendary automobile tailfins of the 1950s, with a touch of the radical look of the Gibson Explorer, introduced five years earlier. Built precisely in the image of this icon, the Gibson USA Firebird V 2010, with its classic "reverse-body" styling and reverse six-in-line "hawk's head" headstock, strikes a pose that remains as truly unique today as it was nearly five decades ago. It retains the visionary "through-body" neck design that increases sustain and resonance, while upgrading the instrument's power with a pair of ceramic-magnet mini-humbucking pickups that look identical to the originals.

With its nitrocellulose finish in three eye-catching colors—Vintage Sunburst, Ebony Black, or Classic White—and traditional appointments such as the pearloid trapezoid fingerboard inlays, beveled headstock with black central section, and Firebird pickguard motif, today's Firebird V 2010 is visually indistinguishable from its predecessor of the early '60s, but it roars like no 'Bird before it.

Considered just too far ahead of its time back in the day, the "reverse-body" Firebird was deleted for a somewhat more traditionally shaped "non-reverse" Firebird in 1965, and remains a rare bird indeed, but the Gibson USA Firebird V 2010 brings that radical look and sound back to the hands of hardworking guitarists everywhere.

  • Vintage Sunburst finish
  • Solid Grade-A mahogany "wings"
  • Through-neck: nine-piece mahogany and walnut construction
  • Headstock angle: 14 degrees
  • Neck: hybrid '50s/'60s shape
  • Neck dimensions: approximately .800" thick at the 1st fret and .850" at the 12th.
  • Traditional truss rod
  • Gibson logo silkscreened in gold on headstock
  • Acrylic trapezoid position markers
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Corian nut, width: approx 1 11/16"
  • 12-inch fingerboard radius
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone Controls, 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Coil Wiring Machine Wound
  • Three-way Toggle with Cream plastic tip
  • Output Jack 1/4" Stereo
  • Bridge Type Tune-O-Matic, Chrome Plated
  • Knobs Black Top Hats with Silver Metal Inserts
  • Pickguard Red Bird Logo
  • Control Plate Cover Firebird style, solid black
  • Strap Buttons Aluminum
  • Strings .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Pickups: Neck Position 495R, Bridge Position 495T
  • Magnet Material: Ceramic


In order to continually improve the design, quality, and performance of our instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice. Because Gibson brand guitars are handcrafted, it is normal for some measurements to vary from those listed.