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1964 Gibson Firebird V

Lot 0366
There are some instruments that become as iconic as the artists that play them, and such is the case for Johnny Winter's Polaris White Firebird, considered to be the "Holy Grail" of all rock guitars. Features iridescent (mother of pearl) notches along fretboard. This guitar is pictured on the cover of Winter's historic "Captured Live!" album and countless other photographs. This is truly a wonderul instrument, a one-of-a-kind piece of Rock n' Roll history. Tailpiece was removed deliberately by Johnny Winter per his preference.

Serial No. 242133. Tailpiece removed by Johnny, as he prefered the sound of the guitar without it. Many signs of frequent use, including: Faded, worn "Firebird" logo on pick guard. Gibson logo on headstock has worn off. Some signs discoloration, and chipping paint. Winter can be seen playing this Firebird in a video recording of a 1987 performance in Sweden, documented on YouTube as "Johnny Winter - Mojo Boogie, Sweden 1987," as well as countless other performances.

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$80,000.00

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1964 Gibson Firebird V

Auction ended on Sat, Oct 1, 2016
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