The Firebird Thread

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  1. Baracus

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  2. bullnose

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    Love it!
     
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    I'm jealous!
     
  4. Pointy Headstock

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    I wasn't impressed :(. It reminded me of the Les Paul Custom Lite models that Gibson has been reissuing for the past few years. Nice looking on the wall, but very average in construction and playability (note that the body is bound on the top only). Soundwise it was an SG type sound in an even more unwieldy package. Gibson had originally priced these "Firebird Customs" at $3995 and stupposedly only made 200 (for the record, I paid under $3K for my NOS 1965 Custom Shop reissue). There still seems to be good number of NOS pieces available and dealers have dropped the prices into the $2000-2500 range.
     
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    Awww...don't be a hater- ugly 'birds need love too.
     
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    I have one of these Greco copies. Greco made FB copies in the 70s, but the Pelham blue ones are late 80s. As I recall, they were produced in blue for either 2 or 3 years. Mine is a 1988 and they produced them in 1989, too. I can't remember if they were also made in 1987 or 1990.

    These are fantastic guitars and probably the best value of Firebird available today, in my opinion.
     
  7. MichaelVincent12

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    Here's my '03 VII Reissue. It'd been my dream guitar for a long, long time. Finally saved up enough cash to grab one in 2004. I love the thing, but I probably should have gotten a Firebird V instead. That middle pickup and tailpiece don't really suit my playing style and just get in the way. Also, I'm not very tall or large, so this instrument makes me look and feel faintly ridiculous. The logical part of my brain says I should sell it and grab something I actually like playing, the other, larger part of my brain says keep it. Sure is a nice-looking axe, though.
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  8. mdubya

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    I love the attitude the Firebird exudes!

    My '95 was my #1 for a few years when my band was in its prime. My SG sounded better, but people noticed when I had the 'Bird strapped on. They loved that guitar.

    Of course, if I broke a string and strapped on the SG, they were all like, "holysh!t, that tone!" :eeks

    To be fair, the Firebird was exceptional for cleaner funk and classic R&B tones. Too bad I was playing mostly AC/DC and fuzzed out Jimi and Sabbath-y type tones.
     
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    That is one fine bird. I'm sorry you're not bonding with it. You should't be the least bit concerned about your size in comparison. Tommy Shaw is not at all fazed playing an ES-335. I think my 2015 FB V is gorgeous, and I wouldn't think twice about trading for that beauty!
     
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    Ha, well, for me the issue is that, appearances aside, it sometimes feels like I'm playing a parking meter.
     
  11. Flogger59

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    Don't forget how well they work with slide.
     
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    I can't play slide for love or money.
     
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    I'd love to hear some clips, that looks interesting.
     
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    I had one just like yours. Wonderful guitar. I bought it for $300, played it for quite a while, then sold it for $850. I have three Gibson birds, so I figured I wouldn't miss it...wrong!Played great & sounded more like a vintage FB than an unmodded modern one. I still have 3 FBs though...
    '64 FB III :refurbished. The only hardware that is original is the tuners. The pickups are from a medallion, but I changed the covers to plain ones. The brightest sounding of my three.
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    Modded 1990 FB V - 3-Duncan SM1s, set-up with 3 push/push volumes & master tone. It already had the Lyre tailpiece, but I had the holes plugged & center refinned, had it routed for a middle pickup & rewired. It now has a FB 1 pickguard to get rid of the useless 3-way switch. A real favorite of mine!
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    Bone stock 1980 FB III(I believe that was their official designation) A truly wonderful guitar all around. Pickups are great sounding! Another major favorite! Even the stock case is basically like a Fender bass case. They should do those now!
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    All three together. For adopted sisters, they get along well!
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    GOTTA love a Firebird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Funny, I'm just the opposite. I love a Firebird in any color BUT Tobacco Sunburst!

    Tony
     
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    I do not think I have seen a bad color for a FB.
     
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    It's a ripper with the full size 'buckers. It sounds like an SG or an Explorer or a V, IMO.

    The only sounds files I have with it are very low volume modeling demos. You will enjoy Warren's playing more than mine. :aok

     
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    I wished I owned it. I do not. I have been looking at them though. Most are to high. And I would pay the price. But I seem to never have the money for them when they are for sale. :(
     

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