In the early 1960s, a well-known car designer by the name of Ray Dietrich retired to Kalamazoo, Michigan. He had done some styling work in the auto industry for manufacturers like Packard and Lincoln as well as designing some custom luxury vehicles. Soon after he had moved to Kalamazoo, Ted McCarty, then president of Gibson, approached the automobile designer and asked him to design a guitar. A few years later in 1963, the Gibson Firebird was born.
The Gibson Exclusive Firebird I features a wraparound bridge and a single Firebird mini humbucker that cuts right through a mix. This single pickup guitar is perfect for any player who wants a no-nonsense rock and roll machine. This exclusive model is available in some of Gibson’s less common Silver Mist and Frost Blue finishes.
Hear this rare bird for yourself in our demo video above!