Just played a 64 non-reverse Firebird

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  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    And that my friends was the real deal. I’ve never understood the appeal of a Firebird. That is, until now. Man oh man that guitar smoked.

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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    It’s on the bucket list for me, too.
     
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    I love those.
     
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    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, they do smoke. I like them better than the early style ones (though I like those too).

    FWIW, they were just called Firebirds at the time, not "non-reverse" Firebirds. You didn't have a choice of one or the other in any given year in the Gibson product lineup. They made them reverse some years, and non reverse other years.
     
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    I have an Epiphone 'non-reverse' Firebird. Partly it is very comfy to play. But that sticky-out bit vexed me so much I got out my saw and removed it!
    I'm not keen on the neck shape either. Still, it was cheap and saved me from attacking an actual Gibson - which I would have by the way - My Guitar To Do With As I Will!
    I ought to use my spoke-shave on the neck.
     
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    I need to see a picture of that.
     
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    gitold Friend of Leo's

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    My guy is a 2011 Trad Pro version that came out for a minute and disappeared just as fast. It has three tapped P90s (push pull) that sound really sweet and mellow tapped. It has a five way switch and push pull out of phase on the tone control. I like to leave the middle tapped and play in the 2 and 4 positions. Its a very deep quack. The 2 out of phase sounds are incredibly squawky and fun especially with fuzz. Here he is with his brother and nephew. B9A0D0DA-AA78-4B1F-B2B7-1DBC32DB9A6E.jpeg
     
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    Sweet! I really wanted one of those. They came in Pelham Blue too, right?
     
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    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice, just what I’m interested in.
    Vintage Gibson, P90’s
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    My kind of guitar, nice catch.
     
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    sweet.. I only like the 2 P90 versions... 3 looks too crammed to me plus I don't want the quack. My strat does that. I want gutsy brangy grit, slice and dice!
     
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    My first guitar is more or less a copy w just a Gibson HB at the neck. I lived in Greece and brought a Luthier a photo of a reverse 'bird and told him to reverse the body. I had no idea that Gibson did that as well until recently.
     
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    Yeah they did. The later ones had a baked maple fretboard but mine is rosewood.
     
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    I did spoke shave and reshape one of my cheap necks into a soft V shape, it changed the neck from one that I absolutely hated, to one of my favorites... Except for the huge frets, I like vintage skinny ones... ;)
     
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