Which Gibson Firebird would I like? Wanting a fat neck...

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  1. jkcrowell

    jkcrowell Member

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    I searched and I couldn't find any good information about which of the various Firebirds have a nice fat neck profile. I'm looking for something like a 58 Historic Les Paul though a 59 profile would be just fine as well. 60 profile just will not cut it.

    I'd like humbuckers over P-90s. I'd prefer at least two pickups if not three. I'd prefer larger frets though that can always be changed. And I wouldn't mind a non reversed body, especially if the balance were better. But I don't prefer non reversed either.

    So, is there a Firebird like that out there? I'd really like to check one out as I've always loved the looks.
     
  2. Flinto2002

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    all the firebirds I've played from 2002 on have had 60's necks
     
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    I had a Custom Shop non reverse Firebird red w/2 Burstbuckers I bought from Daves guitar a few years back. It had a really large neck profile like an old Les paul Jr. from the 50`s.
     
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    My CS FBI had a nice, real BIG neck.
     
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    Firebirds have mini humbuckers.Not P90's.The current mini hums are awful.S.D. and Lollar make correct mini buckers which sound great.The Firebird is a 60's guitar so they're all gonna have slimmer necks.
     
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    There is a Custom Shop version available with 3 P-90s.
     
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    reverse or non-reverse? All regular production reverse firebirds that I have seen have the 60s neck. Some custom shop reverse firebirds have fat necks.
     
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    NNon reverse furbird has 3 p90's.When I think Firebird,I think the reverse.
    Both very cool and good value for the bucks.
     
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    The '76 "Bicentennial" Birds have big round necks similar to a fifties profile. Mine does, and a friend of mine had one that had the same neck shape.
     
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    My '98 Historic has a fat neck, very LP like.

    For sale BTW. PM if interested.
     
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    I had a "bicentennial" ('76) reissue Firebird years ago. By far the fattest neck of any electric guitar I've ever owned. Great tone, a bit hard for me to play.
     
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    Would possibly a dual humbucker non-reverse be the closest to what I'm looking for? Are they a little better balanced than the standard Firebirds?
     
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    edited for spamming for his own site
     
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    You might want to look for a '98 Historic RFB, those seem to have nice fat necks, the regular USA Production models have thinner necks.
     
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    The Bicentennial ones have fat necks, as do the CS reissue historics. Most USA 5s have a slim neck. I have a 2006 Fbird 7 with a Fat neck, but I have seen them with a slim 60's neck, best to try before you buy on a recent 7.

    I have owned original 60's birds as well as a 72 Medallion, they have slim fast necks, but more rounded, not as flat as the USA 5's generally have.
     
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    Non-reverse might balance a bit better. Don't know how much better.

    My dual pickup FB (reverse) had neck dive. It's the banjo tuners. And the neck's mass, I'm sure. Worth the hassle, though.

    :dude
     

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