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The Gibson Firebird: A Short History

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Bruxist, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. Bruxist

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    Was just about to post this! Coolest guitars there are (imo)
     
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    Ain't nothing sounds like a firebird but a firebird.
     
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    Great guitars!
    I love the (reverse) III, V, & VII.
    I’ve owned three V models, but I’ve never had a VII.
    Maybe someday (soon).
     
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    Cool video! Firebirds are pretty much my favourite guitars alongside Teles. I have a particular soft spot for the non-reverse Firebirds.
     
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    Two of the coolest 'things' ever created:
    Johnny Winter and
    the Gibson Firebird!
    johnny-winter-us-rock-musician-in-june-1973-bfr1ah.jpg
     
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    He was playing that one when I saw him in 1975.
    My ears are still ringing!
     
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    Very cool I have a set of non-potted old style hand wound from an Australian winder. I am putting in a t body. they have that little wooden spacer.
     
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    I've seen Johnny Winter once in DC, 1989
    The lineup was:

    Danny Gatton > Johnny Winter >Buddy Guy

    * was hoping they'd play together, but no such luck.

    Can't believe in 46 years of playing and gigging, I've never touched a Firebird

    ( when I used to go to music stores to check out guitars, I had a fear of picking up any high-end guitar I knew I could never buy/afford- I stuck with cheaper stuff)
     
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    I've drooled over them since I got turned on to the "Johnny Winter And Live" record (on cassette tape). I had a portable player in my gym bag during school 7th grade (pre- knapsack days) and listened through the mono earplug 'til that tape was worn silly. Never owned a 'bird but the game aint over yet!
     
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    What's wild is Johnny"s main guitars on his first 2 albums ( which I just LOVE!!, just bought #1 on CD)
    were a Fender Mustang and an Epiphone Wilshire- and he is just on fire!

    He could play any guitar and smoke!
     
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    BTW, this is great! Thanks
     
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    Firebirds are cool!
    They sound great, and stay in tune well.
    I’ll admit my primary attraction is the look.
    They’re vaguely reminiscent of a Medieval weapon of some kind.
     
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    I saw him in '75 (edit,maybe '76) too and he played everything that is on the "Live" album which imo has the best version of R&R Hootchie Koo. Sporting his top hat and that Firebird plugged into a Marshall I was sure he was gonna' burn down the Hershey Park Arena. I'm pretty sure he had a white single pickup Firebird for a few songs too.
     
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    He played through 3 full Marshall stacks when I saw him.
    D/FW’s Point Blank opened.
    I remember details because the concert fell on my 18th birthday.
     
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    I know he was playing through multiple stacks but couldn't remember how many and Foghat opened.
     
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    My brother has an early non reverse firebird.
    Funny, when we popped the hood open to check wiring
    on one of the p90s', noticed there was a route for a center
    pu. They must have put 3 pu holes in them all for smoother
    production choices.
     
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    This is what I think of when I think of Firebirds:

     
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    Love the Firebird. They play smoothly, and with proper vintage-style pickups they offer a lovely, complex, clear tone with body. I've got two, making Firebirds and Teles the only models I have multiples of.
     
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