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From a 2013 "The Current" interview: "What kind of guitar is it? It's a 1965 non-reversed Gibson Firebird. Where did you get it? That's an interesting story. Ben Lanz, who plays trombone, he and I found it on eBay, covered in stickers and bad neon paint, and it was stripped of its electronics. A Gibson Firebird is a very sought-after vintage instrument. They're difficult to find for less than $6,000 or $7,000. This one, just the wood alone was worth a lot of money. Whoever had it didn't realize it was worth something, so they were selling it for $300. So we bought it because we could tell, based on the neck and a brass electronics plate in there, that it was vintage. And then I stripped the paint off and found the serial number and it's a 1965, so that was a good return on my investment. It's worth at least 10 times what I paid for it. We rebuilt it ourselves and put Lollar pickups — they're hand-wound pickups from California — in it. So it's now my main instrument. It's really fun." Can be seen in this video at 0:15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goUjS4ueCzQ&feature=youtu.bemore
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