The Firebird Thread

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  1. Baracus

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    Let's get all the love in one spot...

    Show us those birds - more pics the better!

    What's your favourite version?

    As much as I'm loving the Bicentennials I 'd really love to get my hands on a Pelham Blue one, one day

    I'll kick it off with a few...

    '76 Bicentennial:

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    '77 Bicentennial

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    '65 Non Reverse

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    If I could have any Firebird, I'd like to have a black reverse Firebird I with white pickguard.
     
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    Yeah I am a fan of the black ones too. No surprises but I wouldn't mind a black '76

    Am a big fan of those mini humbuckers. Really nice, but not anaemic, cleans and then crank them with drive and they do all you expect a humbucker to do as well.
     
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    Not mine.
    Non reverse.
    I am confused.
    Is a standard FB 'reversed,' even though that is 'normal' for a FB?
     
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    That's awesome, really nice.

    Yes the original Firebird is a "Reverse" and that pictured is a "non reverse".

    Totally agree though... the first Firebird should just be a "Firebird" and then when they reversed it, it should be a "Reverse Firebird".

    Even weirder... the non reverse isn't just a reverse flipped, it's a different body shape.

    Anyone got a guitar that is actually just a Firebird flipped?? Love to see one... or have one.

    I think they changed the body shape whent hey went to the non-reverse due to legal issues with Fender and the Jazzmaster.
     
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    Yes, a regular(The original) Firebird is a “reverse Firebird”. No idea why, maybe because the headstock is reversed as to where the tuning pegs are usually oriented?
     
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    Gibson's image, but I truly can find no differences with mine, and they take better pics.

    2017 Firebird T. It hit all the marks for me; reverse contour headstock, Steinberger tuners, shims for the pickups. For the guys who complain that the pickups are too hot:Lower them. Sounds like my Johnny Winter records, a 64 FB VII, and a Bicentennial friends have.

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    Nice.

    Riddle me this, what does the "T" stand for?
    I was trying to find out as I am was looking at Pelham Blue "T".

    Is there more than one Firebird being released? Or is the T the current standard Firebird?
    From what I can see there is the "Studio" and the "T" or is there more?
     
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    I may get some real heat for it but I love the old 1070's Greco copies. They sell for over a 1000 dollars and are great quality. I like vintage Gibsons too.

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    Looks just like a Gibson, how old are these?
     
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    1970's late 1970's copies.
     
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    Knock yourself out. http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Firebird.aspx?ModelYear=2017
     
  15. Scary Uncle G.

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    “T” stands for “Traditional” as Gibson also makes the “Studio” and has also made the “HP” or “High Performance” version with robot tuners.
     
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    IIRC T stands for Traditional; the T's usually don't have all the newer features like zero nuts and wider necks. The Firebird T is mostly like the vintage ones except for the Steinberger tuners and ceramic magnet pickups.

    IMHO the Steinberger tuners are a huge improvement over the older ones; they help reduce neck dive and don't extend out so far from the back of the headstock. Vintage birds were prone to snap headstocks in the factory HSC due to how far the tuners extended from the back of the headstock.
     
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    2015 V. Nice upgrades for 2105. Plays great, sounds great, looks like a piece of art.

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    Real Firebird action! Check in at 6 minutes.
     
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    I remember the video above the day it was on TV. I was 15 and scoped any blues rock stuff that came on the whole 8 channels we had in LA. But this show did 3 things for me. #1 show me how good a Firebird sounded, #2 show me how good Leslie West sounded, #3 already a Winwood/Traffic fan, this was one of the first live performances I saw of them. Winwood floored me and few ever looked as cool with a Firebird.
     
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    Listening to it right now you can tell how great it sounds. For Rhythm and soloing. I don't think he has affect, its straight though to the amp.
     
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