Firebird V11

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  1. donalddlaird

    donalddlaird Member

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    Hi there,
    I've just bought a Gibson Firebird V11 and was wondering if any Firebird owners can give me info about these wonderful guitars.
    Cheers!
     
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    I would assume he means VII (donalddlaird, use capital "i" it works nicer;) )

    I've got a 79 Thunderbird IV. Cool bass.

    The FB/TB models exude class.
     
  4. HEY!YOU!

    HEY!YOU! Senior Member

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    I changed the tuners to Steinbergers, great upgrade.

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    I also changed the pups to Lollars and wired it 60's style, it's one of my best guitars.
     
  5. Birdy

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    "I also changed the pups to Lollars"

    I'm on the fence right now about some Lollars for my Firebird V.
    Do they take away much of the raspy, dry tone ?
    Any info please Hey! You!
     
  6. Oggy

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    I recently purchased a Firebird V, and found very quickly that despite its elegant appearance, really offered nothing to me as far as a guitar with staying power. The neck pickup was very smooth and warm, but the bridge was raspy and just straight up dirty no matter how things were tweaked. A very poor combination together. The worst part of all is the imbalance with such a heavy headstock. I'm a telecaster guy, so as you might suspect balance has everything to do with playability. I allowed several other people to test drive it as well, and all said that it looked cool, but was just too top heavy.

    Ultimately it is just one of those guitars [to me] that you either use on one song for that distinct out of the box tone, or that you base your entire sound around.
     
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    Sorry for the confusion folks, I meant Firebird VII.
    Cheers
    Donald
     
  8. JDW3

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    I had a beautiful '97 Firebird, that I loved. Sounded like a piano with 11's on it. So easy to play.

    But I couldn't get past the shrillness of the bridge pickup, and kept going back to my Norlin LP! I really wanted the Firebird to sound killer; I just didn't have the patience for fooling with pickups. Maybe it would've helped?
     
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    I had a 2002 Firebird VII, I sold it but only because my house has a terrible heating system that wrecks havic on most of my gear. The guy who bought it ( afellow TGPer) loves it. I loved it so much I kept kicking myself for selling it to a point where my wife said and I quote, "Just buy a new one, you're driving me nuts over this" So I took my wifes advise and bought a 2006 but this time I got a transparent color with the 9 piece neck, much more stable then my old one piece mahogany neck. Needless to say it's great, I love it, the vibrola does take a little away from the tone but it still sounds and plays great. Jus get yourself some strap locks and a strap that has some grip to it, they're a tad neck heavy

    Sam
     
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    are the Steinbergers lighter? do they change the tone?
     
  11. HEY!YOU!

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    The Steinbergers are lighter which balances the guitar nicely, not neck heavy.
    The tone changes, but in a good way. My FB V has a trem, the locking tuners help it stay in tune after using it.
    Plus the 40/1 ratio is the **** & they're gearless.
    To me it was a no brainer upgrade.
     
  12. HEY!YOU!

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    Dude, you still on the fence? Get 'em ....you won't be sorry.
    Don't wire em up all modern style though. Either 50's or 60's, I went 60's.
    I wouldn't describe the tone as raspy dry, kinda depends what you play thru. I have Scumbag that overdrives like you wouldn't believe and I get J. Winter to a T with the FB.
     
  13. Birdy

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    Hey!You! (nice nick by the way)
    As of now, my hardtail '96 Firebird V is wired 50s with the RS 500k pots. I play thru a blackfaced '68 Bassman into a 4x12 greenback cab.

    Are the Lollars more balanced output wise between bridge/neck than the
    stockers ?
    Those tuners look awesome by the way.
     
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    where do you get the steinberger tuner - they are not metioned on their site.
     
  15. HEY!YOU!

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    Gold, black, or chrome
     
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    Thanks & thanks.
    I find them more balanced and they have poles that adjust.
    I also play it thru a 66 BF Bassman /4x10 cab. at times. I have the RS Superpots 500k.
    Like I said you won't be sorry. You might even thank me!

    HY
     
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    are the lollars firebird pups (without polescrews) or les paul deluxe style (with polescrews) pups?
     
  18. HEY!YOU!

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    Lollars have adjustable poles, but they are not the same wind as the deluxe.
     
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    I have 3 'Birds & I LOVE 'em! I have a "refurbished" '64 Cardinal Red III, an '80 in natural & a White '90 that's been modded with the long Vibrola & 3 Mini's, which are wired to push/push pots for all the pickup combinations. I put either vintage Gibson's in them, or in the case of the '90, SD & KA vintage output versions. The modern stock Gibson units are WAY overwound, to the tune of 18-24K!!!
    The '90 is my "Go-to" guitar & it seems that everybody that plays it, loves it. It IS the heaviest(at9 lb., the others are in the low 7lb. range) & the neck-heaviest, so I AM contemplating the steinbergers for it.
    I can use them for everything. Beautiful guitars, but not for everybody.......maybe that's why I like them so much...
    Enjoy![​IMG]
    Tony
     
  20. Birdy

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    Hey!You!... I just got off the phone with Jason Lollar and ordered
    a bridge and neck pup for my Firebird. I'll give ya the lowdown
    in about a week.
     

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