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Rare cream-colored 12-string Gibson Firebird owned by Johnny Winter. This is a guitar that only a select few knew was in Winter's collection and was one of his most prized and loved guitars.

Guitar has two mini humbuckers and the Firebird logo in red on the pick guard. Inlaid wood neck and Gibson logo at the top, with matching cream colored tuners.

Johnny Winter was a blues guitarist and musician well known for his covers of songs by the likes of Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan, as well as for his own work. He is on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time. Winter came to the forefront of the electric blues scene in 1969 with the release of his major-label debut, Johnny Winter. He performed the album's stunning guitar work using a 1966 Fender Mustang, but in 1967 he adopted what would become his main guitar for many years: a 1963 Gibson Firebird V that he purchased in St. Louis.

"I was initially attracted to the Firebird because I liked the way it looked," Winter said in early 2014. "When I played it, I discovered I liked the way it sounded too. The Firebird is the best of all worlds. It feels like a Gibson, but it sounds closer to a Fender than most other Gibsons. I was never a big fan of humbucking pickups, but the mini humbuckers on the Firebird have more bite and treble."

The guitar is is good condition with only minor scratches.

Bullseye Management representing the Johnny Winter Estate.


Good condition.

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Johnny Winter 12-string Gibson Firebird

Estimate $60,000 - $80,000Dec 2, 2017