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    Based on the 1963 original Firebird updated with ceramic 'buckers and gearless tuners.

    The Gibson 2013 Firebird features the original 1963-style classic reverse body styling and neck-through body design for increased sustain and solid attack. Modern improvements include high-output ceramic mini-humbuckers and gearless Steinberger 40:1 ratio machine heads for extreme tuning precision. The Firebird 2010 has a mahogany body with walnut stringers and mahogany wings, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays, and chrome hardware. Includes case.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Classic reverse body styling
    • Neck-through body design for increased sustain and attack
    • Mahogany body with walnut stringers and mahogany wings
    • Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
    • Steinberger gearless tuners
    • High-output creramic mini-humbuckers at the bridge and neck
    • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
    • 3-way switch
    • Chrome hardware
    • Includes case
     

    2013 Firebird Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Peghead pitch: 14°
    • Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.800"
    • Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.850"
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • 2.062" nut width at 12th fret
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    Gibson2013 Firebird Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (10)
    • Good pick up (9)
    • Good tone (9)
    • Solid electronics (8)
    • Good feel (7)

    Cons

    • Fret buzz (3)

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (8)
    • Recording (8)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    4.0

    Nice guitar

    By brotherchris

    from Kansas City MO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

    I have wanted a firebird for over 15 years, I love the guitar, but I wish Gibson would do a little better job on their QC.The paint is great, the pickup had a lose wire. When I pay for a Gibson I expect this thing to be soild for years, just like my 65 SG. I guess times change. I will buy another Gibson, just a little disapointed.

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    4.0

    what happened to gibsom quality control?

    By gw

    from illinois

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

    I've always wanted one of these. Gibson needs to rethink quality or lose their reputation if it hasn't already been compromised based on what I read in other reviews. Set up on this guitar was terrible. Not playable as received. I was able to adjust but will have professionally set up. I think the problems are limited to set up and QC signing off like they checked things when they didn't. I'll keep the guitar because I love it and deal with Gibson if there are other problems after a pro checks it out. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is because I love the sound and believe playability will be great once its set up right.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Greatest Looking Guitar EVER!!

    By Acebassman

    from Louisiana

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    Pros

    • Everything

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • ROCKBLUES

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

    I bought my first Firebird I, single p/u in 1972 and have played nothing but Firebirds since then but the occassional Strat or Tele. Have a few 60's and 9 of the reissues in various years since 1990 and my go to guitars are the Firebird VII's with the Vibrola.They started reissuing them around 1990 and I've owned probably 15 of the reissues and have now sold 1/2 of them due to poor quality control at Gibson. I bought them all used but in mint condition. I had one white one that I REALLY liked but over time the neck seemed funky and my guitar tech looked at it and Gibson had not cut the fretboard straight. It was off to a very slight angle to the guitar. I didn't notice this until the neck started moving around and became unplayable so it became a slide guitar then I sold it. I LOVE these guitars but you REALLY have to watch Gibson quality control. PLAY it before you buy it!!! If there are 4 of them sitting there play all 4 and only 1 will be the keeper. The other thing about these is no one else hardly plays them. When I lived in So FL I was the oNLY person who played them and the same thing here in Louisiana. I don't think anyone here even owns one in a 200 mile radius. I love them but be discerning and don't be afraid to send it back to MF if it doesn't feel right. They will ALWAYS be my favorite guitar!!!

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    4.0

    Awesome Guitar but Finish has Flaws

    By Lucky

    from So Cal

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • What A Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

      I love this Guitar. Looks good on! Sounds fantastic! Strum the first Chord & said Wow! This is a serious Rock n Roll Guitar. Later I discovered it does all other Genres equally well.

      My only Nit is the Paint Finish on this Guitar. Paint runs where the Wings attach to Body. I should send it back for a replacement. I'll contact Gibson first & see what they say about it.

      Why did it take me so long to buy one? I've waiting for Gibson to issue one just like Brian Jones. Then this Christmas Special Sale I couldn't pass up!

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      5.0

      This thing sings man

      By fretjunkie24

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Capable
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Loud
      • Solid Electronics
      • Worthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

        Really love this guitar a lot. Currently I'm playing lead and rhythm guitar in a hard rock band. Up until a few weeks ago, I was using a 1985 LP Custom, that is definitely my baby!! However, I really liked the looks of the tobacco burst Bird, so I decided to see how it stacks up. Was it going to be heavy enough? How much did the guitar weigh? Was it going to be capable of percussive rhythms and ripping leads through pentatonic and modal playing? There were quite a few concerns I had before playing this guitar. When I finally found one and played it, the Bird quickly laid all my concerns to rest. The guitar did need a setup when I got it, the action was about a centimeter off the neck so that was ridiculous, but I blame the store who stocked the guitar more than anything for that. Anyway, this guitar is a MONSTER!!! I can play heavy, slamming percussive rhythms on this thing and it just knocks it out!! I've got it running through a Mesa Boogie Triple Rec full stack with two Marshall 4x12s and it is SCREAMING!! Click on my lead boost and throw some chorus and a bit of phaser, this guitar sings beautifully through the high end. It's very articulate through fast ripping pentatonic licks, and very smooth for modal shredding. I usually kick the neck pickup on during solos to fatten up the tone, and this guitar delivers it. Very bluesy, a little muddy/fuzzy, but very clear and bright. This thing plays like a dream. It's kind of big so it takes some getting used to especially after playing the LP, but once you have the feel this guitar will call to you!! Weight wise, it's lighter than the LP, but it's still a good solid chunk of mahogany and has a little heftiness to it, but I like heavy guitars. Definitely heavier than the SG or the V, but not overbearing. The tuners are different, but they're actually pretty cool once you get used to them. No need for a peg winder, just back the back and top off and run the string right through. Tighten it all back up and you're already tuning. Haven't used it for recording yet, but I have absolutely no concerns, I know this axe will deliver!! This guitar comes very highly recommended, it's versatile, comfortable, sounds amazing, and is capable of many styles of play. Word.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No Competition for Gibson Firebird

        By Letzter Geist

        from Olympia, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

          I own a 2005, but since I switched out the Kluson tuners with the Steinbergers, it's basically the same guitar as the 2010 model.

          I bought the guitar for 2 reasons. one, in a world dominated by strats and les pauls, it was nice to have a guitar that stands out. in all my playing, i've only ran into one gig with someone who was also playing a firebird. second, it is incredibly versatile. i always tell people that its a perfect mix between a humbucker and single coil sound, which i believe is true. it has the fat and round tone of a humbucker, with the bite, spank, and clarity of a single coil. dial down the tone a few and you can get a more traditional humbucker sound.

          it has always been my dream guitar, and since i've bought it, i always remember why. it's a dream to play, besides for the need for a thorough setup. i have the white, and i'm always getting compliments on the looks and the tone.

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          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          As expected

          By David Graham

          from Knoxville, TN

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

            Consistent with the typical Gibson product, no disappointments. Set-up was less than perfect, it took a little work to make this one play well. Once the guitar was set up properly, it played amazingly well. Firebirds have incredible sustain! Nice looking guitar - fit, finish, & appearance were all very good. The ceramic pickups have very high output, you have to dial them down for most applications. No complaints.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nothing like it

            By sgtb2000

            from Dumont, NJ

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

              I knew the guitar before I even bought it. I have a 64 bird also. I can't say enough, if you're a serious player you need to add one to your collection. Excellent sustain and response from the neck thru, The pups scream vintage gibson... there it is, Get One.

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              (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gibsons mass production makes me wonder

              By six

              from NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

              I knew the guitars reputation before my purchase its biting sound and raw in your face power The guitar is like no other the problem is I had to return one that had a broken tuner and the second one I recieved had a crack in the pic gaurd along with the nut needing adjustment by a guitar tech I question Gibsons system of checking what they ship out after all this is no cheap guitar you would think they might be a bit more concerned with the finish product they are sending out.I will say Musicians friend took care of me promptly on the issues I had with this guitar they are a Top notch company to deal with The guitar plays incredible now also own a 59 reissue Les Paul,57 FenderStrat Gibson SG,Warrior Isabella Rick derringers personal guitar #31and several other guitars of all this Firebird seems to have the most in your face power

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Yes its a real Firebird

              By Old Blues Guy

              from Canton IL

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Better Case Better Tuner
              • I Had One In 1965
              • Pl Ays Like A Bird
              • This Sounds Like A Bird

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Play It In Any Venue

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is vintage sunburst. Its beautiful just like the 1963 model I owned. It was made for the Blues or Rock. Sounds great for jazz, country, or even Surfin'. It is a big guitar but weighs about the same as my SG Special. Make sure you put strap locks on it and be careful of stands because the neck and body are one piece. Its a real Gibson with hot pickups and wonderful sustain. Buy it!

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