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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by twintwelve, Jan 25, 2011.
My Firebird I sold a couple years ago
Here's my reconfigured 50th Anniversary Firebird. I swapped out the black plastic for a w/b/w pickguard and gold knobs, added a gold B5 Bigby with a VibraMate mount, and had a pair of TV Jones Powertrons dropped in with Gretsch surrounds. I'm liking it!!
Here is my 2004 mint Gibson Firebird
Landed a Bird a while back.
Used 2012 vintage sunburst model in good condition.
Before I got it I was thinking this thing is gonna have neck dive and the pickups are gonna be crap.
I'm pleased to say that everything one reads on online forums needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
No neck dive and I like the pickups.
It's actually a great guitar Stock.
Im not saying I won't swap out the pups in future cos I'm like that.
Just that most reviews of the vintage FB pickups read and sound like Telecasters.
I got plenty of Teles, good ones.
Anyway, here's the Bird
Since this is the Tele forum, I thought my Rist White Eagle might fit in with both the Firebird and Tele crowd. It is a custom made guitar by Roman Rist. It is a non-reverse Firebird body shape. Don Mare pickups, Glendale tele bridge. Solid spruce body, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and pickguard, fat maple neck.
With any luck I will be joining this club by this weekend!
2014 FB with Mods
My 2014 with a few changes from the factory crap.
New pups, pots and caps. Also moved the strap button off the back of the neck to the top side of the wing to make it sit better when I play standing up.
Really like the neck on these things.
I have the same opinion about the pickups. I don't dislike them really but, I don't feel like they have much character.
You might check out Zhangbusters pickups. He will hand wind anything you want and he has quite a few pick ups that give more of a true Gibson'ish tone that's not a tele sound but still not as mushy as a LP. He will even redo that pickups if you want them tweaked after you try them out. He is a great guy to work with.
I did indeed acquire my 'bird. Pelham blue studio model. Here she is with Goldie and their cousin Dirty T.
Getting it ABR'd I'll send out a pic when it gets back to me (hopefully this weekend).
Its already got 2 Zhangbuckers, a bone nut and this should finish all the mods!
Ive got one pup 11kOhms/a5 for thrash/metal/upper-mid sounds, and one 6.2 kOhms/a2-a5 for Allman Bros, Stones type stuff. The guy said wire gauges change the mass of the coil which is another variable that I didn't know about.
I play for myself and I cannot stand the stock pickups, I need that sweet Zhangbucker sound under the surface that one can hear with lower-gain.
Firebird Owners Club
I did a search for a firebird club and didn't find one. My apologies if one already exists.
Finally picked up my first firebird this week. I've always wanted one but could never bond with one until now. Really sorry I waited so long.
Nice! I've really been wanting one, lately...
There are few out there; here's one: http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/groups/331-firebird-rookery.html
along with a photo of my VII with Zangbucker pickups and a period-correct vibrola by Crazyparts.
Damn straight Shango.
Got a few upgrades in store for mine. Stay tuned.
I know it doesn't have the body shape but this is my bird. A hybird
That's beautiful! Did you build it?
Thanks. No, I didn't. I designed it and my luthier friend built it to my specs.
TV Pelham ftw