1997 Gibson Firebird V Reissue. Vintage Sunburst.

The Blue Book Says:

– asymmetrical hourglass style mahogany body, white pickguard with engraved Firebird symbol, through-body nine-piece mahogany/walnut neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, partial blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, six-on-a-side banjo tuners, chrome hardware, 2 covered regular or ceramic mini-humbucker (current mfg.) pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, available in Cardinal Red (disc.), Desert Burst (disc.), Cherry (CH, disc.), Classic White (CW), Ebony (EB, disc.), Heritage Cherry (HC, disc.), or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1990-2009.

I Say:

At nearly Twenty years old, this guitar is in remarkably good shape.  The bodywork only shows a couple of small chips (typical fall damage as expected with this shape of guitar).  The neck is free from any damage as is the headstock.  The rosewood fingerboard and frets are in great shape.

The Mini Humbuckers do that “Bright and Tight” thing that they are famous for. All electronics are fully functional and crackle free.  There is a hairline crack in the rear cavity cover, but I can’t find a replacement anywhere 🙁

Playing the guitar is possibly the most surprising thing about the guitar – it balances really well and feels “oh so Rock and Roll!”

The Original Hardcase Comes with very few marks – certainly nothing of any significance, & its pink satin shroud just adds to the whole image.