The Gibson Firebird in photo 8 is a limited production 1976 Firebird, which was made to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the U.S.A., is mounted with a Kahler #2200B tremolo. While it looks similar to a vintage Firebird III, there is no binding on the fingerboard and the quickest way to tell them apart is by the unique red,white & blue Firebird logo on the scratch plates with stars and a small “76” – standard Firebird logos are plain and all red. This is the most visible way of noticing one. On the rear of the headstock it should also have Limited Edition stamped on the back and if it was made in 1976 the serial number should begin with a “00”.more
Alex Chilton is pictured on the back cover of Big Star compilation *Nobody Can Dance* with a Gibson Firebird III, during their performance at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis, TN in May 1974. He also possibly used it on *Radio City*. Occasional Big Star collaborator Van Duren believes it was borrowed by Chilton after the band's equipment was stolen in 1974.more
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