NGD: Epiphone Firebird

madhermit

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I picked up an Epiphone Firebird about a month ago. It’s the one with the real-deal FB720 pickups in it. I didn’t realize until recently that they are not the same as a mini-humbucker. They are a different design with blade magnets and have a unique sound. Since my guitar choices are mainly about different sounds, I picked one up. (I was leaning towards a Vintera Jaguar, but the last price increase finally turned me off. That model has gone up over $500 Cdn in about 3.5 years!)

Pretty well made guitar. Decent action and the intonation is pretty spot on. Pretty light at 7.7 lbs as they are fairly thin bodied.

One thing to note. Firebirds are LONG guitars. When hanging on a wall hanger beside a strat, it sticks up about 3 inches more, and hangs about 9 inches lower, so maybe about a foot longer!

One issue I had was the bridge pickup was microphonic. When I took it back in to get it fixed, they compared it to the other Firebird they had in stock. Funnily enough, the neck pickup of that guitar was microphonic. So they swapped the good bridge into my guitar so they only have one guitar to warranty claim and kept a customer happy. I have had issues with Epiphone pickups being microphonic in the past, so something to watch for.

Love the sound of this Firebird. They are fairly bright, but not shrill. They have their own thing going on. So maybe thanks for Joe B for getting Epiphone to make proper Firebird pickups! (I think it was Joe B. who got them back in production.)

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vadsy

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I stopped by the shop and saw a few new guitars on the hangers, the Epi Firebird caught my eye for sure. I didn't even know it was being offered. I was going to make a thread on this but since you started this one, I'll just ask if you like it still?

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madhermit

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I stopped by the shop and saw a few new guitars on the hangers, the Epi Firebird caught my eye for sure. I didn't even know it was being offered. I was going to make a thread on this but since you started this one, I'll just ask if you like it still?

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Love it still. Very cool sounding pickups. It’s a fun addition to what I have and is between P90 and humbuckers approximately.
 

FlamesAreWicked

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I’ve been eyeballing these for a hot min.. now that stock has caught up some.. it’s really making me want one..only really concern is getting one like pictured above. Some cuts of laurel have been very light and unattractive (to me)…otherwise, I can fill the void of regret from selling a ‘17 Gib version
 

Rekonizefull

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Cool man firebirds are awesome. They do occupy a unique spot in the tonal spectrum so they record well and cut through a band in a good way. You know Jonny winter said he used firebirds alot because he wanted something that felt like a gibson but leaned towards a fender in tone. He always sounded good. And he would run music man amp with bass and mids at 0 but treble on 10!

Sorry I'm a big firebird fan, congrats on the cool guitar
 

pwnzie

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Really wish they offered these in more colors… especially Pelham Blue or wine red

Most of the sunbursts on the China-made Epis look very “striped” to me - no subtlety to the blending
thats the thing I dont like, otherwise I'd buy it
 

Silverback

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The new Epiphone Firebirds are much more authentic to the original Firebirds imo. And the pickups are correct.

The pickups and build on those new birds are... well.... Epiphone Authentic, for lack of a better phrase. :eek:
 

GenoVox

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You know Jonny winter said he used firebirds alot because he wanted something that felt like a gibson but leaned towards a fender in tone. He always sounded good. And he would run music man amp with bass and mids at 0 but treble on 10!
True... but then he would also play almost totally on the neck pickup too – at least in his Firebird days
 

charliechitlins

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I noticed Firebirds were long when I kept whacking the mic with the headstock.
I would be thrilled to have a good, microphonic pickup.
The originals were all microphonic.
When did this become a warranty issue?
 




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