|Comments|| Gibson introduced the Firebird in 1963 to compete with the offset body styles that Fender was making so popular. Following poor sales and complaints from Fender, in 1965 Gibson basically flipped the design over to make the ‘non-reverse’ models. These were produced until 1969.
The ‘TV White’ or ‘Limed Mahogany’ finish is reminiscent of the 1950’s Les Paul TV finishes; the TV is a direct reference to the way that the finish made these instruments show up better on black and white TV.
This 2008 Gibson CS Non-Reverse TV White Firebird is patterned after the post-1965 Firebird VII. This model features gold hardware, three of the classic Firebird mini-humbuckers, ABR bridge and stop tailpiece and small-button Grover tuners.
Very resonant and with lots of clarity, separation and sustain, this guitar is quite light and well balanced.
|Serial Number||CS86580, built during 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Custom Shop serial numbers are based on CSYRRRR, CS for Custom Shop, Y for Year, and RRRR are production sequence.|
|Pricing||$2,100.00 CAD with original case. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany set neck with the ‘Fender-esque’ shape and single row of tuners. Unbound rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl dot position markers.|
|Frets||Original frets with no appreciable wear.|
|Body||Slab mahogany offset body.|
|Finish||Orginal gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, named ‘TV White’ or ‘Limed Mahogany’. The finish is in excellent condition with no appreciable wear or markings. This finish is produced by applying a darker filler to the open pores of mahogany, then putting a translucent off-white colour coat over that, followed by clear coats.|
|Hardware/electronics||All original except for one strap pin! Gold Grover tuners with mini buttons, gold ABR bridge and stop tailpiece, 3 mini-humbucker Firebird pickups with gold covers; pickup selector, two volume and two tone controls. One gold and one chrome strap pin. Multi-layer white pickguard with red Firebird logo.|
|Playability/Action||This plays really well, and is nicely balanced. The neck has a fuller profile but is not oversize.|
|Case||Original case included.|
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