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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Gibson Firebird

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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May 9th, 2017 04:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since seeing Joe Bonamassa live a few weeks ago have GAS for a firebird, thinking the 2017 Traditional model in Pelham Blue.

Any Firebird owners who can comment on their experiences ? Especially interested to hear if it is light and comfortable to play.



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GospelBilly!
May 9th, 2017 06:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to own a 1963 Gibson Firebird V and it was a truly fantastic guitar. I recall it being very comfortable to play.

I have no idea why I sold it, but that's the way it goes when you're young and can't afford to own multiple guitars.

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So. Cal. USA

May 9th, 2017 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

These can be neck heavy somewhat like an SG. Nice, fun and cool however.

tepperson

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... LIKE THE DESIGN?!
May 9th, 2017 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought a clearance 2016; absolutley love it.

I remember playing a buddy's Bicentennial Bird 30 years ago; neck-heavy, and felt like I was reaching. This one has neither of those issues.

I DID change out the pickups to some Klein alnicos, as the modern ceramics were a bit too harshe for me.

YMMV.

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

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May 11th, 2017 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I own a Gibson 2016 Firebird T and love everything about the guitar.

It will take a little bit of time to get used to the tuners......but you will learn to love them.

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Kwall
May 17th, 2017 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got 6. 4 Gibby's and two Epis (about to post a gripe about the JB "Treasure" Firebird 1 I recently purchased).I guess you can call it a sickness...:-). I’ve just always loved the look. They are not a light guitar by any means but not as heavy as a Les Paul. They can be a bit neck heavy, some more than others. If you move the front strap button to the heal of the neck it does help. Banjo tuners: the older Klusons on my 1972 Medallion V are great, solid & like butter. I have two 1976 III’s that they’re OK on, but I added TP6 fine tuner stop bars to them for better/quicker precision. The (reissue?) Klusons on the Epi JB-I are horrible (and my older bolt on Epi III has standard tuners which are OK). I also have a 2013 V with the Steinberg tuners that take a little getting used to but they’re OK (but I’ll probably wind up with a TP6 on it too). Firebirds are tricky on tight stages as they are long on both ends. People always think you're a Bass player when you walk in with a case. But I love’em and they have been my primary stage guitars for over 36 years.

(This message was last edited by kwall at 11:24 PM, May 17th, 2017)

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N of I-90, E of I-29

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May 19th, 2017 01:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"But I love’em and they have been my primary stage guitars for over 36 years."

Then why do you only have 6...?

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
May 20th, 2017 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Waiting for the gripe...

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Kwall
May 20th, 2017 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Reverend Mikey: Well, Before we were married back in 1979, my wife took out a loan (we were "poor") to buy me the Medallion, my first Firebird. She has bought me a half dozen guitars over the years....and we're still married :-). As much as it hurts I've capped at about dozen total guitars to help keep the harmony around La Casa Wall. But if we ever win the lottery....

RDR:...about to post it now.


69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Jun 7th, 2017 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I just ordered a Gibson Firebird 2017 T in Pelham Blue.. just have to be patient for it to arrive now !

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 7th, 2017 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My local guy had a Korina Epi Firebird that I was interested in. Not knowing the Steinberger tuners well at all, that was the breaking point for purchase. I got it out of tune in the store and never returned it to tune, out of ignorance of the tuners. My bad, but it killed the sale. Now I understand they are very accurate and there is a method to the use of the machines.

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