Up for sale, a 1991 Gibson Firebird V Celebrity in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A limited edition model with only 200 instruments produced worldwide, the Celebrity version of the Firebird V is visually and sonically unique, featuring an ebony fingerboard, gold hardware, a white "Celebrity" pickguard and limited edition top hat headstock silkscreen, and a set of white reflector cap knobs.
Few things are as unmistakably cool as a good Firebird V, and this particular iteration is the most popular and enduring with Gibson's hot Firebird pickups. The tone is rich and full, with plenty of midrange bite and authority, paired with the smooth warmth of the mahogany body construction and the glassy treble detail of the ebony fingerboard. Like any good Gibson should, this Firebird has ample sustain and a strong acoustic resonance that translates well through the pickups. Weighing 8lbs 8oz , this Gibson has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile with full shoulders in every register, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. On the bound ebony fretboard, the stock frets have well-rounded crowns and plenty of meat, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock sports the original set of gold banjo tuners which turn very smoothly, hold pitch well, and are a vintage-correct option no longer available on current standard line Gibson Firebird models.
On the body, all of the electronics are stock and work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and white reflector cap knobs. The pickups have patent number baseplates, and the solder joints on the wiring harness are untouched, with CTS pots that date to the 32nd week of '91. There is light patina on the gold hardware, showing wear through the plating on the neck pickup cover and tuner buttons. The graphics on the pickguard are nigh flawless.
The Ebony nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and there is tight lacquer checking extending across the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches and minor marks almost exclusively relegated to the back and body perimeter. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is extremely clean and smooth.
The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included.