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Show Off Your Firebird

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by twintwelve, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  2. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    64
    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    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.
     

  3. bossaddict

    bossaddict TDPRI Member

    85
    Jul 22, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    1990 V Reissue. I added the vintage vibrola (note the tailpiece holes ;) ) and knobs.

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  4. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    Idahoastan
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    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...

    Cheers
     
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  5. Badkat

    Badkat TDPRI Member

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    67
    28
    Mar 17, 2017
    So ca
    50956727409__5E0C88CD-33CF-4A4F-AE6C-8106E6A01FC1.JPG 50956723472__90E8CEC2-28F1-4D81-8F97-8278C0F7A75F.JPG Here's mine! Custom Z Reverse
     

  6. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Had a black one. I miss it terribly.
     
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  7. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    107
    Dec 27, 2007
    Albuquerque

  8. greebo830

    greebo830 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    46
    47
    Feb 23, 2009
    stockport
    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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    A Picture of her with her little sister
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  9. sangandongo

    sangandongo TDPRI Member

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    15
    Jan 2, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Here's my '63 FB VII and it's counterpart, a '63 FB III. [​IMG]

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  10. bossaddict

    bossaddict TDPRI Member

    85
    Jul 22, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    Here's my new-to-me 1965 non-reverse Inverness Green Firebird I...

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  11. zela

    zela TDPRI Member

    Age:
    65
    7
    Oct 11, 2017
    US
    Will a Firebird Zero count?
     

  12. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    Just bought this from Tokai Shop Japan. I bid on a 2013 Sunburst V but it was sold (seems typical of the multiple Japanese guitar shops that list the same instrument).

    They offered me a 2001 with Dimarzio pickups but it still had the Kluson-type banjo tuners and the pickups from description on the web sounded too hot. I asked about this new 2017 Pelham blue one and despite it being listed for more they said yes! It's brilliant so far - light, wide neck and well balanced. Finish seems flawless, great frets and action and through my Champ it's badass! Came with case, case candy, fretboard guard and decent leather strap, sticker still.on pickguard. $Au1625 or $1295 US shipped, took four days!

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    Give it a run tonight through the Mini Jube, see how badass it is!
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2017
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  13. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    Well, the Bluebird is gone - didn't bond with it. It just didn't look right. I just got this from Japan for $1050 instead. 2016, new condition. Needed a truss rod tweak and minor fetling, nutslot cut. But beautiful finish, fit and sound! IMG_20180123_165949.jpg

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  14. tce63

    tce63 Tele-Holic

    673
    Jan 18, 2013
    Sweden
    Got this one last week, great guitar

    Gibson Firebird 2017 T

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  15. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    I'm finding despite the mega-DCR of the pickups I am loving them - they're still piercing and bright and cut through the mix. I am going to try tilting them with foam to level them to the strings, they seem to like being close.
     
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  16. sedandelivery

    sedandelivery Tele-Meister

    156
    Dec 10, 2009
    New York
    'Birds are gorgeous overall, but as a designer the 4 knob layout drives me nuts! Why the weird spacing??
     

  17. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    Well, you'd think that but they fall neatly to hand, and while I love the elegant simplicity of the Tele control plate, I have to say the tonal possibility of having one or the other dropped and being able to crank it is extraordinary.
     

  18. sedandelivery

    sedandelivery Tele-Meister

    156
    Dec 10, 2009
    New York
    I'm all in favor of 4 knobs, I just don't understand why they aren't evenly spaced like on a Les Paul. And why is that one tone knob floating so far away from all the others? Very strange looking.
     

  19. chimaera1982

    chimaera1982 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    36
    65
    Apr 5, 2016
    Hong Kong
    Here is my Gibson CS Non reverse Firebird, in vintage white that I traded my Fender AVRI 65 Jazz master reissue for. I couldn't bond with the neck of the Jazz. The AVRI was a gift from my wife. Got her permission to trade for another guitar and this one was on sale locally. Had to top up a little.

    Am a P90 player mainly and this is my third P90 guitar. Am considering upgrading the pickups to either Lollar or Sheptones.

    Enjoy !
     

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