NGD, an unpopular gem

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  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    Holy moly.

    It's been a week now.
    So I'll share with you.

    My Stacey brother brought me this Gibson Firebird Zero, in Pelham Blue.
    It was last Saturday, my 60th birthday.

    We had a band practice going on, so I strapped it on, thanked him most genuinely, and then we rocked out.
    I really, really enjoyed playing this unusually-shaped, oddly-appointed guitar.

    I didn't have time to think about it.
    I just played it.
    I ran it thru its paces, both clean and very distorted.
    I played it for two sets in a row.

    The guitar was a joy to play, and it sounded killer.
    And she stayed in tune.
    It was my birthday present from my brother, and I was very grateful.

    A few days later, I took the time to read all the online reviews of the guitar my brother had gifted me.
    MAN.
    You would have thought that Stacey brought me a smoking turd on a cheap paper plate or something.

    The Gibson Firebird Zero is supposed to be a piece of crap, I guess.

    I must politely disagree.
    This guitar feels right, it sounds right, it rocks, and it stays in tune.

    It's a keeper.
    :)

    gibson firebird zero 1.PNG Pelham Blue Firebird Zero.jpg
     
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  2. thunderbyrd

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    the internet doesn't know everything. if you love it, that's all that's important!
     
  3. Toadtele

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    I dig it. Congratulations man. Enjoy
     
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    Nice. Glad it is a gift that is giving. Pelham blue is very cool too. I’d like a 330 in aged Pelham Blue.
     
  5. dlew919

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    I just have to preface this with a disclaimer:

    I prefer Fender sized necks. I personally, myself, cannot get a tone I like out of most Gibson pickups - though I am pretty much alone in this.

    I think the Les Paul, and the 335, and the L-5 are amongst the most beautiful instruments, purely from a visual standpoint, ever made. I would love a Gibson mandolin or banjo. Or both. And I'd love one of their acoustics, which I somehow prefer to Martins. (Again, that doesn't mean I wouldn't love a Martin.)

    I have played Gibsons in the past - I've always admired the feel of them (even if I'm not happy with MY PERSONAL sound on them.)

    I'm not surprised you like yours. I hope it brings you years of pleasure, and sounds like it will. Gibson make quality instruments, and as far as I can see, even in their low periods, their electric guitars are still excellent, even if they're not as excellent as other periods. Henry J. mightn't have made all the best decisions in the world, and the new management have made some missteps (what was that video with Mark Agnesi about?). But at the end of it all, if you can bond with it, only a Gibson is good enough.

    As was said up above, don't listen to the angry internet. Play, and enjoy.

    I'll give you $1000.00 if a non-guitarist comes up and complains about your guitar. *

    It looks beautiful. Enjoy it!



    *Offer only valid in Antarctica when we are both present.
     
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  6. verb boten

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    That's one helluva brother Sparky! Congratulations.
    I have an LP, SG and LPjr but never played a Firebird, i'd sure like to try one, especially after your ringing endorsement. :cool:
     
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  7. MickM

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    Nice gift Sparky. Looks like a no-frills stripped down turn the amp up to 1973 levels guitar. In other words, looks like fun. Don't recall seeing one before but I'm partial to the 2 knob Tele setup instead of the normal Gibson 4.
     
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  8. jimilee

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    Na, I replaced the pickups in all of my Gibsons, I think they sound muddy compared to other pickups.

    Hey, congratulations Sparky, that is a great gift. How does it feel?



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  9. DougM

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    Let the haters hate, we can just ignore them and enjoy little gems like the Zero. So it's not a LP Custom level instrument. It was never meant to be. It was meant to be what it is, a cool entry level Gibson for the cost of an Epiphone.
     
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    I can hardly wait to try one out. Apparently there are fewer ones available nowadays.:D

    An excellent gift.
     
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  11. Deeve

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    Well, it's good to see at least one of 'em escaped the fate of getting rolled over by a giant bulldozer, like we saw last week...

    Love the gift you were given and spit in the eye of any hater who is dumb enough to say anything out loud.

    Peace - Deeve
     
  12. dlew919

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    That’s two of us. ;). I live the tone of slash,of later page, of LES Paul. Etc. so that’s why I know it’s me


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  13. boredguy6060

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    Looking at that guitar there is nothing about that would make it inherently bad. It may possibly need a set up but beyond that there is nothing wrong about that guitar.
    I’ll take one first hand account ahead of a hundred internet options, you say it’s a keeper, then it’s a keeper.
    Rock on and tell your brother I said he’s a class act.
    Happy birthday!
     
  14. brookdalebill

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    Kewl!
     
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    Internet, shminternet!

    If it sounds good, it IS good. Congrats! And happy birthday!
     
  16. Obsessed

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    Just curious, and with great respect to a NGD, but do these have the neck dive of the "normal" Firebirds?
     
  17. Stubee

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    That’s a cool guitar.
     
  18. DHart

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    Nice man! I have no personal experience with it to judge from.

    And all that matters, anyway, is that YOU love it! Glad that you do. :)
     
  19. Bluey

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    Over the years I've heard of some of the most famous guitarist bonding with type/brand of guitar because it had some sort of sentimental value. I'm sure it's the fundamental element of mojo that can't be bought, sold or copied.
     
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    I'm sure most of the haters that "hate" the Zero, haven't even picked one up. The same stuff happened when the poplar/maple Gibson M2 came out. The guitars were built with the same stuff in a les paul shape. There was one little issue that could have been addressed and that was the fact that the action should have gone another 1/32 lower or so. A 20 dollar bridge change or a shim cures that. I have 3 and like them a lot.
     
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