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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by twintwelve, Jan 25, 2011.
Anyone here have Cavalier Phoenix Firebird pups in their Firebird? Just curious about them. Rob DiStefano is one of our own, and for that reason and more I'm interested in them. I would like to get input from my TDPRI brethren about them.
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1990 V Reissue. I added the vintage vibrola (note the tailpiece holes ) and knobs.
My 96 Epi....People dis the bolt on neck... But this thing plays like butter and has great tone so I'm a happy member...
Here's mine! Custom Z Reverse
Had a black one. I miss it terribly.
As I've mentioned in some other threads, I got my Epi JB Firebird 1 a few weeks ago. I've always wanted a Firebird, and the Firebird 1 was one of my dream guitars. I instantly feel in love with it its become my main guitar, 2 weeks after it arrived I was trawling the web and noticed that certain UK shops were selling the Gibson 2017 Firebird T for £1059. being the guitar addict I am (108 Guitars & counting) well I couldn't resist and it arrived 48 hours later.
I'll start with fit and finish, since I've heard a lot of complaints about QC issues on new Gibson guitars. This thing is pretty much flawless as near as I can tell. No tool marks, finish is immaculate, binding and inlays are flush. The fretwork is excellent too. Quite impressive, especially for a neck through guitar at this price point.
The neck is seriously thin on this beast and yet feels just like a old friend once I started playing it. it measures .790 @ the 1st fret and .830 @ the 12th fret (Epi Firebird is .877 1st Fret & .996 12th Fret). The board was a little dry and needed a little relief but once oiled and adjusted she plays like a dream.
The weight and balance are great, yes the neck feels a little further away so a little adjustment of strap will sort that - its no worse than if I'm playing my 2012 SG 50's tribute with the 24 frets. The weight of mine is 7LB 12oz, the Epi weighs in at 7LBS 8oz.
I can honestly say that I don't mind the stock pickups. I ran it through my rig the moment I had the guitar was adjusted. They needed lowering but once that was done I could get a usable firebird sound (2 of my heros are steve clark of Def Leppard & Allen Collins, with this guitar I could get Steve sound from the pyromania era and Allens tone with ease).I probably will end up swapping the pickups out for some Mojo Firebird mini's or winterizers by oilcity pickups but at the moment their fine.
One more thing I've gotta mention are these gearless tuners it comes with. They're really cool! They do take a bit of getting used to, but I really like the design and they seem very stable. Once the new strings were stretched this guitar stays very solidly in tune, even with heavy string bending. All in all a fantastic little guitar.
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