Epiphone Firebird Studio

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  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm looking at a used Epiphone Firebird that's listed as an Epiphone Firebird Studio. I want to do some research on it but the closest I can find on Epiphone's website is a discontinued one that has different pickups and tuners, and wasn't available in the same finish as the one I'm looking at.

    This one is black, with 2 mini-humbuckers and "normal" style tuners on a "reverse" headstock (i.e. the tuners stick out toward the ground rather than the sky.

    Any idea what model I should be looking up to get more details?
     
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    I think you might be looking at a Korean model with a bolt-on neck. Does it have a raised center section?
     
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    Ah, it does have the bolt-on neck, I hadn't noticed that. As far as the raised center, possible, but unclear.
     
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    This is from my own perspective...

    Don't go for just looks or low price.

    Whether Epiphone, Gibson, or whoever, hold out for a "real" Firebird that has multi-piece, neck-through design. That, and true Firebird pickups, not just mini humbuckers, are what makes a Firebird sound and sustain properly. No one sells a "studio" version that's neck through or has real Firebird pickups.
     
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    What's the difference between a mini-HB and a "real" Firebird pickup?
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A Firebird pickup has an AlNiCo bar magnet inside each coil, has a thin steel keeper plate below the magnets, and doesn't use pole screws. It has a mid-rangey warmth, with clarity and bite, like the older sibling of a bright Telecaster bridge pickup. Nothing else sounds like it.

    A mini-humbucker is a small version of a full-size humbucker with a steel bar in each coil, the bar in the main coil tapped for pole screws, and a single AlNiCo bar magnet under the coils. It sounds like a full-sized humbucker, but with less low end and more prominent upper mid-range. It does not sound like a Firebird pickup.

    Gibson "Firebird" pickups from the last 15 years, or so, are darker-sounding, ceramic magnet, mini-humbuckers and don't really sound like Firebird pickups. Custom Shop models may be the real thing. I don't know what pickups that Gibson puts in the 2019 Firebirds.

    Search TDPRI for Firebird pickup and marvel at the various discussions.
     
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