The 2017 Firebird Custom retains the signature streamlined shape that makes it one of Gibson’s most visually enticing guitars while adding modern features for more tonal “umph.” Its matched 490/498 pickup set and solid mahogany body deliver a punchy, clarity of voice that easily turns aggressive based on the player’s level of attack. It all adds up to a very expressive guitar adorned in Gibson’s elegant Custom appointments and available in limited quantity.

Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.