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We are rarely surprised by guitars anymore, after decades in this business you start to feel like you've seen everything, but every once in a while you get a pleasant surprise. 1965 was an interesting year for the Gibson Firebird. Losing money on each reverse style Firebird had started to become an issue for Gibson and change was desperately needed.
Following the elegant tail-fin design created by Chrysler automotive genius, Ray Dietrich, the Firebird was set to evolve into something rather strange: the non-reverse Firebird. However, for a fleeting moment one batch of Gibson Firebird guitars were caught between Reverse and Non-Reverse. Some guitars were released showcasing features from both body styles made in a single batch in mid-1965. This rare gem is known as a "Platypus" Firebird. The guitar transitioned from the reverse body neck-thru design to the non-reverse body set neck design. It also features two P-90 single coil pickups as opposed to the traditional mini-humbucker, which was associated with the original Firebird design. Unlike the standard reverse headstock, which features a raised holly veneer, the Platypus headstock's holly veneer is flat against the mahogany neck. While we have come across several of this design in the classic Sunburst finish, this Ember Red Firebird I Platypus is not only the singular example we've ever possessed, but it's also the only one we have ever seen photos of.
Unfortunately, this rare bird has already taken flight from Well Strung Guitars to its new home, but you can check out all of our listings right here.
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