Details about Left Handed Gibson Epiphone '63 Firebird VII Lefty - one of only 12 ever made !!See original listing
21 Apr, 2012 18:58:54 BST
wisbech, cambs, United Kingdom
Extremely rare Lefty Gibson Epiphone '63 Firebird VII .
Made in Korea in 2000 - believed one of only 12 ever made Lefty .
Spec includes :
Set Mahogany neck
Bound 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
All original Gold hardware
Epiphone lyre vibrola tailpiece
Epiphone Alnico V mini humbuckers in middle and neck position / Seymour Duncan Hot Mini Humbucker in bridge
Beautiful vintage sunburst finish
Professionally setup and fret dressed by John Haire at Guitar Services , Peterborough .
Plays beautifully with authentic firebird tones from the mini humbuckers .
The coolest lefty on ebay today !
I brought this guitar several years ago from the original owner in Detroit , USA - he had purchased it brand new from Southpaw Guitars in Texas in 2001 .
The Seymour Duncan Mini Humbucker had been fitted by him , and also he had the lyre vibrola modified : the trem arm was removed and the bracket ground off ( these came with right handed vibrolas , so the arm just got in the way on a lefty guitar . also anyone thats ever used a vibrola will know that they look great but are not the most stable trems available ) . The bottom round edge of the Vibrola has also been fixed to the body with heavy duty double-sided tape so it doesnt move when you rest your palm on it .You can only see the tape if you know its there and look very closely , so it doesnt ruin the aesthetic of the vibrola .
So , you get the great looks of a vibrola with the stability of a hardtail .
I have had the guitar completely shielded in every cavity with copper foil and also rewired with CTS pots and a switchcraft switch and jack .
As I didnt care for the tone of the middle position pickup it is currently disconnected , together with the tone pot which i never use .
So , the switching is currently bridge / both / neck as a Les Paul ,etc .
Easy job to reconnect the tone and middle pickup if required though .
Condition wise , its a 9/10 . Extremely good for a 12 year old guitar with no chips , dents , breaks or repairs . There are a couple of tiny dings in the lacquer which are so small they would not show up on camera , and some very light surface scratching in the lacquer in places - likely caused by polishing - again barely visible .There is some tarnishing to the hardware , as to be expected .
The rarity of this guitar can not be overstated - they were built as a special order run commissioned by Southpaw Guitars in 2000 , and only 12 were built .
Gibson USA themselves have built only 5 lefty Firebirds in their entire history - all in the early 60's - and have refused to build any more lefties to this day .
This is the closest you can get to a real lefty vintage Gibson Firebird without spending $20,000 (IF you can even find an original) .
There are several companies who build lefty firebird knockoffs ( Tokai , Gaskell etc ) but none of them come close to this one . The (frankly awful) chinese tokais are terrible quality and are not even made from mahogany , so they actually sound nothing like a firebird . The Gaskells use different woods also and are scaled down in size , so they look odd AND dont sound like a firebird either (in addition to costing over a grand) .
With this model , Epiphone created an authentic replica of the '63 Gibson - its the correct size and shape and was built using the correct tonewoods .
So , if you've always yearned for a lefty firebird , then this is the one .
Complete with Epiphone hardcase ( bit tatty , but fully functional) .
I am only selling this - after much deliberation - to help pay for a VERY expensive lefty 68 Les Paul RI that has just arrived .
Please do not email me telling me its expensive or making silly offers - the price is firm because you will never find another !!
Will be expertly packed for shipping with full insurance included , or collection in person welcome .
UK ONLY !!
No trades thanks .
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