1964 Gibson Firebird I think its Legit but want opinions

judson

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been trading emails with seller....i am pretty sure this is legit but want another few set of eyes and opinions....

no serial as it had a neck repair, refinish to black so thats gone, seller says pots date to 1963

control cavity is an abortion gone wrong...seller claims 3 "experts" say its a 1964......

the price is right for a player which works for me, cant afford the case queens and its gonna get played

last questions....i know that case will snap a neck like a toothpick but can i get this shipped into the States without alot of BS ?

your thoughts , opinions are appreciated and welcomed...

and if you buy it before i can convince myself to spend the cash , it wont bother me either

thanks!

 

Gar

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I love Firebirds, I have a reverse and non reverse (modern not vintage). I wouldn't buy one with a missing serial personally. Have you seen the 2020 custom shop Firebird Vs from the NAMM show? Non reverse are vintage bargains in my opinion.
 

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thought about the non reverse but no...i have a 72 ltd edition, a 1991 and bought the Epiphone Bonamassa Firbird 1 Treasure...so the early 60's will hold me for Fbirds after that....but would lke a red early bird bit they are getting crazy money...

not thrilled with new stuff but i will admit the 2019/2020 stuff is interesting but have not played any.....yet
 

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Looks cool to me!
Brutal soldering.
Can't see a pot code, but the one 6 could mean 66, unless there are 3 numerals after it.
It could be shipped in that case, but the seller would have to really understand y
how to wrap the neck by the cradle to keep the end of the headstock from bottoming out.
 

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In the 10th picture in the sequence, it looks strange where the neck meets the body. I thought the "split level" line formed by the thru-neck ought to continue straight to the edge of the body, but there appears to be some kind of blending/contouring taking place. Maybe it's just a bad pic, but it's a concern. Of course, I wonder what break has been overpainted causing the serial number to be lost. I don't automatically trust repairs. I don't mind them if I can see the full extent and degree of effectiveness of the work. Often, a big discount is in order because resale is bad. Big ditto for no serial number. That can be a deal breaker. Finally, there are some pretty bad hacks. That stuff happens, but some of those are particularly jarring. I'd want more info. I love Firebirds (had a black Centennial) but they can be pretty crapped up. Good luck sorting this out.
 




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