Need opinions on new Gibson Firebirds

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Need opinions on new Gibson Firebirds

Postby Easto on Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:52 pm

I've never owned one before but I really like the guitar. With that said... are there any issues that this guitar encounters when new, after aging? What should I keep in mind when buying a new model? I've read that the banjo tuners aren't the greatest.

Just throwing this out there.
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Re: Need opinions on new Gibson Firebirds

Postby The Pup on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:47 am

Although mine is not a new one...it took me a day or two to get used to the gawd awful "bango tuners." You just have to adjust your preconceived torque/rotation to pitch touch when tuning...and make sure your over-wrap (read tie) each string at the tuning post (the strings tend to rest at the very bottom of the tuner post).

I think the newer Firebirds may come with ceramic pickups which might sound fine for your needs...but may not be true to vintage spec. My Firebird V pickups were very weak (I'll have them remagnetized some day), so I replaced them with SD Antiquities (non-potted) and they are perfect for my needs. I really enjoy my Firebird and I took a little risk for reward.

P.S. I normally do not use 9-42 string sets (in fact, I have only used them on two of my guitars in the last 40+ years)...but my Firebird seems to like them best and it stays in tune very well.
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Re: Need opinions on new Gibson Firebirds

Postby firebirdjake on Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:33 pm

I've known and loved Firebirds for years- the tuners are, well....heard 'em described as "wonderfully inaccurate" in a book somewhere and it always made me chuckle. Right now I own an '05 Firebird V in white which I changed the pickups in to chase a more vintage sound, the stockers were too hot (never thought I'd be saying THAT) and too trebly, the old Hi-A's I found seem to be tickling my fancy right now. Try to keep the windings neat & tight on the tuners and under tension while wrapping and that seems to help the tuning a lot, but you kinda have to adapt to the tuners, just the nature of the beast. The 'birds can be a little quirky (funny balance, tuning) but reward the patient with a unique sound, feel and overall vibe that just says "Rock Me !"
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ps. Given the vintage market $$$$$ a newer Gibson is often all a mere mortal has to choose from, lucky you only have to change some parts to approximate the feel and tone of an original.
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Re: Need opinions on new Gibson Firebirds

Postby The Pup on Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:56 pm

Well said.
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Re: Need opinions on new Gibson Firebirds

Postby rocco on Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:11 pm

i have a '97 Firebird V, the only guitar i ever bought because of a guitarists influence. vintage sunburst, the finish on the burst was not done properly but i didn't mind, it's a fantastic guitar, but i hardly play it. no mods, still looks mint after 12 years, great growling tone when its overdrivien.
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