Gibson reissues Clapton’s iconic 1964 Firebird I

The limited-edition guitar is launched simultaneously with the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

The Gibson Custom Shop has announced a limited run of Eric Clapton’s 1964 one-pickup Firebird. Used throughout the 60s and 70s, Clapton’s use of his Firebird I inspired some of the most potent and fired-up playing of his lengthy and illustrious career.

Made using authentic construction methods and dimensions scanned from vintage 1964 Firebird models, each Eric Clapton 1964 Firebird I is fitted with a newly developed alnico V Firebird pickup, created to recapture the red-hot output and scorching tones of the original pickup. Each 1964 Firebird I will also feature a Clapton signed backplate, plus a replica of the strap used with the guitar, a reproduction of the its original case plus a Certificate of Authenticity booklet.


Despite Clapton being famous for his use of Les Pauls and black Stratocasters, it’s always been the 1964 Firebird I that he remembers being a truly outstanding guitar. “I remember one night in particular with the Firebird,” explains Eric Clapton. “It was a Cream show in Philadelphia, and it was one of the greatest gigs I ever played.”

The Eric Clapton 164 Firebird I is exclusively sold through Guitar Center in the US and select dealers via