Rare Guitars: 1963 Gibson Firebird III

If guitar shopping is at the forefront of your mind, then we recommend marking 16 March in your diary, as that’s the date scheduled for the next Gardiner Houlagte guitar auction in Corsham, Wiltshire.

Regular readers and subscribers to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/theguitarmagazine) will remember the gorgeous ’62 Jazzmaster and ’66 Tele that we showcased last time around.

Firebird III

Our pick from the latest catalogue is this 1963 Gibson Firebird III that, despite missing a functioning vibrato, is achingly cool with a dreamily playable neck shape and searing mini-humbucker blues-rock tones in spades.


Head to guitar-auctions.co.uk to be led into temptation…