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2000 Gibson Custom Shop Historic Firebird III Inverness Green, Near Mint w/ Case & Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 2000 Gibson Custom Shop Historic Firebird III in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Inverness Green finish, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. A rare and unique Firebird iteration produced when Gibson's Custom Shop output was notably smaller, this Firebird has all the hallmarks of a 1963-64 model, with a bound rosewood fretboard and dot inlay, bridge with "lightning bolt" compensation that can also be used as a wraparound, nickel-plated hardware, and a short frame Maestro Vibrola tailpiece.

The pair of patent number-embossed Firebird pickups are hotly wound, and given the all mahogany body construction, the tone is particularly rich and full. There's plenty of midrange content and authoritative growl on tap, while retaining a chime and cut in the treble frequencies. Like any good Gibson should, this Firebird offers ample sustain and has a strong acoustic resonance that translates well through the pickups. Weighing 8lbs 14oz, this Gibson has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a medium depth D-shaped neck profile carve with particularly round shoulders and more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. This is also a distinctly different neck carve than Gibson's standard line Firebirds of the era. The bound rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood, and the stock slender frets are flawless with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nylon nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports a truss rod cover with flawless gold Gibson silkscreen and vintage-spec nickel-plated banjo tuners which turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and Gibson-embossed Alpha pots. The nickel hardware is notably clean, with just a light speckling of surface patina, and the vibrato engages smoothly for quick warbles and dives. The compensation on the bridge is designed for a plain G string, a small but welcome deviation from vintage spec to accommodate most modern string gauges and ensure ideal intonation. Plastic parts are near mint, including the pickguard with red Firebird silkscreen and quartet of black reflector cap knobs.

The Inverness Green nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, simply stunning in its presentation and extremely rare. Cosmetic wear is limited to a bit of faint isolated lacquer checking behind the nut, and a few small dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole.

The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included, and equally as clean as the guitar, with functional outer latches and premium leather handle. The middle (locking) latch has been disengaged. The original hangtags and warranty card are also included (the larger paper COA used in this era is not present).