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“Welcome to the guitar collection. On the second floor of our store we have on display over 300 guitars and more than 50 amps that I’ve accumulated over the years. The friends and customers that have visited us seem to really appreciate being able to view this, so we thought we would share it with our online friends and fellow guitar enthusiasts as well. Enjoy!”

- Dave Rogers

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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, '73

Sunburst, Serial # 100774.

 

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, '71

Sunburst, Serial # 971758.

 

Gibson Bicentennial Firebird '76

Sunburst, With the red, white and blue bird on the guard.

 

Gibson Explorer, '76

Natural, Serial # 00230419.

 

Gibson Explorer Reissue, '91

Natural Korina, Serial # 9 1002.

This is the prototype for the Historic '59 Explorer Reissue. It was pictured in the first Gibson Historic Series Catalog.

 

Gibson Explorer, '59

Natural Korina, Serial number 9 1995.

Purchased at a Dallas Show in the early 90's, I remember thinking at the time that if I didn't buy this one, I'd never be able find another. They are pretty scarce!

 

Gibson Flying V Reissue, '91

Natural Korina, Serial # 9 1001.

This is the prototype for the Historic '59 Flying V Reissue. It was pictured in the first Gibson Historic Series Catalog.

 

Gibson Flying V, '59

Natural Korina,

Competition with other companies has always pressed Gibson into coming up with its most innovative designs. The rivalry with Epiphone in the 1920s and 1930s encouraged both companies to produce the finest acoustic archtop guitars of all time.

By the 1950s when amplified guitars had gained prominence, a new company entered the competition: Fender. Its founder Leo Fender had developed the first mass produced solid body electric guitar. Gibson president Ted McCarty took notice when the Fender Telecaster’s sales became significant, and developed a fancier solid body for Gibson with the help of guitar wizard, Les Paul.  The classy looking Les Paul Model in turn, inspired Leo to come up with his futuristic masterpiece, the Stratocaster.

When Ted McCarty saw that the Fender Stratocaster was selling, he decided that Gibson needed to come up some wild, exciting designs of its own so as not to be seen as old-fashioned and conservative. After examining the designs of several artists (including himself), McCarty choose three designs to have patented in June of 1957. These were the Explorer, the Modern and the Flying V.

The patents were granted in January of 1958. While prototypes of each were made, only the Explorer and the Flying V made it into production.

 

These Flying Vs and Explorers of the late ‘50s were made of a light colored African mahogany called Korina. McCarty chose this wood because blonde hued furniture was popular at the time, and no additional bleaching or tinting was required. These “Modernistic” guitars initially created the excitement they were meant to, but didn’t catch on with the guitar buying public until years after the initial small run had been discontinued. More info

Formerly owned by my friend & mentor Pete Alenov (may he rest in peace), He taught me a lot about the guitar business, and I think of him whenever I look at this one. This V was featured on the January 2006 Vintage Guitar Magazine cover!

 

Gibson Moderne, ’82

Natural, Serial # A 057.
 

Gibson Moderne, '83

Ebony, Serial # F 014.

 

Gibson Firebird VII, '64

Sunburst, Serial # 171666.

I purchased this one from the original owner. It took me 15 years to convince him to sell it to me! This one is on the cover of the October 2005 Vintage Guitar magazine.

 

Gibson Firebird V, '64

Cherry, Serial # 191345.

Any of these in custom colors are hard to find! I'm really fond of this one.

 

Gibson Firebird III, '64

Pelham Blue, Serial # 183117.

 

Gibson Firebird III, '64

Sunburst, Serial # 190492.

 

Gibson Firebird III, ’65

Sunburst, Serial # 258940. Transitional model with reverse body, P-90 pickups, and Kluson strip tuners instead of banjo tuners! Very rare! In 1962 Gibson president Ted McCarty decided that a bold new guitar was needed to compete with Fender’s popular Jazzmaster.  For a fresh all-new concept, McCarty sought outside help and hired well known automobile designer Ray Dietrich.  Dietrich had recently retired to Kalamazoo Michigan after 50 years of designing for top companies like Lincoln, Packard, Ford, and Chrysler. The new Firebird (after a name suggested by Dietrich) line was introduced in the spring of 1963. The series was made up of four guitars (the Firebird I, III, IV, and VII) and two basses (the Thunderbird II and IV).  The guitars had a unique neck- through construction running all the way to the bottom strap button, with asymmetrical “wings” attached on either side.  The headstock had six banjo tuners on one side (the reverse of Fender’s tuner placement) to complete the unique irregular look.   The unusual construction of the Firebirds made them difficult, and expensive to produce. Once the guitars had shipped, the fragile headstock/neck area was found to be weak and easily breakable with the heavy banjo tuners adding to the problem. This, poor sales, and pressure from Fender about copyright infringement on its “off-set waist” design, caused Gibson to redesign the entire Firebird/ Thunderbird line with more conventional (less costly) construction methods.  The overhauled versions utilized a traditional glued-in neck on a new more conservative off-set body that looked like a flipped over version (non-reverse) of the earlier guitars.   The rare1965 Firebird III pictured has features of both the original reverse Firebirds, and the redesigned non-reverse versions of that year. It retains the reverse body style, and neck-through construction of the original series, but has a flat headstock (rather than the sculpted two-level) with conventional Kluson tuners (instead of banjo tuners). The neck is unbound, like the non-reverse models, and P-90 pickups replace the original mini-humbuckers.
 

Gibson Firebird I, '64

Cardinal Red, Serial # 191966.

Firebird I's are hard to find in Sunburst, but custom colors are very rare indeed! My good friend Paul Munden found this one for me and I am grateful to him for sending it my way!

 

Gibson Firebird I, '64

Sunburst, Serial # 179985.

 

Gibson Thunderbird Bass, '64

Sunburst, Serial # 198742.

 

Gibson Firebird V, '66

Sunburst, Serial # 851851.

Non Reverse

 

Gibson SG Junior Tenor, '66

Cherry, Serial # 407024.

 

Gibson SG Junior, '64

White, Serial # 168571, Just a nice clean guitar!

 

Gibson SG Special, '61

Cherry, Serial # 13264.

 

Gibson SG Special, '61

TV Yellow, Seial # 30651.

 

Gibson SG Special, '63

White, Serial # 124359.

 

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