The Evo­lu­tion of the Gib­son Firebird VII

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Early 1963

Gib­son an­nounce Firebird line prior to 1963 NAMM show in Chicago

1963

Ear­li­est pro­duc­tion ‘re­verse’ mod­els reg­is­tered with through-neck con­struc­tion, bound ebony fin­ger­board and pearl block in­lays. 20 Firebird VII gui­tars reg­is­tered shipped

1964

Red en­graved Firebird em­blem ap­pears on scratch­plate (pre­vi­ously ab­sent). 173 Firebird VII gui­tars reg­is­tered shipped

1965

‘Re­verse’ style phased out, ‘non-re­verse’ model phased in with glued-in neck, rose­wood fret­board and dot in­lays; some tran­si­tion head­stock specs. 110 Firebird VII gui­tars reg­is­tered shipped (‘re­verse’ and ‘non-re­verse’)

1970

Firebird VII dis­con­tin­ued

1994

Firebird VII Cen­ten­nial re­leased in lim­ited run (se­rial num­bers 1894-1994)

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