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Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar   

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Since 1963 the Firebird has drawn the admiration of a who's-who list of great guitarists. The 2016 Firebird T brings together everything that has mad...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Re-Birth of the legendary 'Bird.

Since 1963 the Firebird has drawn the admiration of a who's-who list of great guitarists. The 2016 Firebird T brings together everything that has made the Firebird such a desirable guitar. The stylized body features neck-through construction with a nine-ply mahogany neck, producing the familiar playing experience of vintage Firebirds with unbelievable sustain, all with a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish that lets every bit of tone ooze through.

The neck respects Gibson's traditional width and includes a self-lubricating Graph Tech nut that improves sustain and intonation whether you'e bending strings or not. The fretboard inlays faithfully reproduce the original design the 1963 Firebird V. A pair of traditional Firebird mini-humbuckers dish up the rich and biting tone of yesterday and today, along with great looks to match.

Hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge and Steinberger gearless tuning keys. The 2016 Firebird T comes complete with a gig bag. Pick one up and see how far this bird can fly.

Key features
The familiar, time-proven playing feel of classic Firebirds
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for accurate return-to-pitch after bending - without string stick
World-class tuners provide exceptional efficiency while preserving the distinctive reverse headstock shape
Renowned for a rich, clear, biting tone - yesterday and today
There's no other way to obtain this kind of sustain
Outstanding stability, excellent intonation, and time-tested performance
The hand-sprayed, nitrocellulose lacquer helps your guitar look, feel, and sound its best
The unique body design is rock solid, from the headstock to the strap pin
Faithfully reproduced inlay design from the 1963 Firebird V
Right out of the case, your handcrafted, American-made guitar is ready for immediate action

FEATURES
  • Neck width: Historic 1-11/16" neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Tuners: Steinberger Gearless tuning keys
  • Pickups: Traditional Firebird mini-humbuckers
  • Body: Original neck-through-body construction
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Finish: Nitro Vintage Sunburst finish
  • Classic nine-ply mahogany-walnut neck construction
  • Inlays: Traditional trapezoid inlays
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Gig bag included

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Gibson2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good pick up (21)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Recording (17)
  • Rock concerts (15)
  • Small venues (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Won't You Fly High...Firebird Yeah!

I have always loved the Firebird shape, and I have a vintage LP with the mini humbuckers. This Firebird is incredible. It's great for all kinds of music, my band plays classic...Read complete review

I have always loved the Firebird shape, and I have a vintage LP with the mini humbuckers. This Firebird is incredible. It's great for all kinds of music, my band plays classic rock, 80's metal, 90's alternative, and modern rock and it fits. I was surprised how great it is with high gain, you can get harmonic squeals! But back off the volume a bit and it's perfect for more laid back rock. Sounds wonderful clean too. Extremely versatile. The Steinberger tuners took a bit to figure out (especially for string changes) but they hold tuning very well. It usually is still in tune even after being in the case or gig bag. Get one when you can, they are in high demand and wait times are often a month or more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Same Inconsistent Gibson Quality Control...

Inexcusable Binding Issue that is Cosmetically Inept.
- I bought a SDOTD G&L Tribute Made in Indonesia that had better build quality.
- If you can live with the binding...Read complete review

Inexcusable Binding Issue that is Cosmetically Inept.
- I bought a SDOTD G&L Tribute Made in Indonesia that had better build quality.
- If you can live with the binding pictured below, it's not a bad playing guitar, but I have Chinese made Epiphones that don't look this BAD, so why would I live with that after paying $1000+ for a guitar?

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Same Inconsistent Gibson Quality Control...

By Nedbaneezer

from Indy, IN

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

    Inexcusable Binding Issue that is Cosmetically Inept.
    - I bought a SDOTD G&L Tribute Made in Indonesia that had better build quality.
    - If you can live with the binding pictured below, it's not a bad playing guitar, but I have Chinese made Epiphones that don't look this BAD, so why would I live with that after paying $1000+ for a guitar?

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great guitar with some help

    By Uncle Remus

    from Paducah, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Gibson Quality Control

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

    Musicians friend did their part. It was an easy transaction and arrived early. However, it got here with a toggle switch about to fall out, a very dry fretboard, buzzing everywhere, and intonation was horrible. After a trip to my luthier who adjusted the neck, polished, the frets, oiled the fretboard, fixed intonation, and tightened several loose things it plays great. Tone is perfect, that classic gibson growl with a lot more bite.

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor experience

    By JG

    from Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

        The guitar was supposed to be a new condition open box. It was obviously not inspected. The nut was altered, the fretboard was pulling away from the neck up near the nut and the guitar was impossible to tune with high e buzzing. could be a nice guitar but can't tell from this one.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth the wait!

        By GTB

        from Twin Cities

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        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Feels Balanced and Stable
        • Great Alternative For Stratocaster Players
        • Unique! Not everyone Has One

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Jazz / Blues / Rock / Country - You Name It!
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

          Most of my guitars are Stratocasters. I've always wanted to own a Firebird but couldn't deal with the high price. When the price came down I pre-ordered one right away. It was worth the wait. It is a sweet guitar.
          I wanted to add to my library of sounds but was never a Les Paul person. The 2016 Firebird has unique Gibson sounds and the adjustment from a Fender is pretty easy. I'm glad I bought it.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          i would buy this guitar again.

          By denie

          from roeland park kansas

          About Me Child

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

            I use to have firebird 3 in 1963 so i didn't know what to expect with this Firebird T. i have had it for more than a week now and i love this guitar. The intonation is right on. the neck is straight and the action is good. i might
            put different strings on it but thats my preference. I like the tuners on this guitar better than the tuners on the firebird 3. There are no scratches or dents. i have other guitairs but i have been playing this one all week. i can not think of anything bad to say about this guitar. Gibson did it right on this guitar and i still canot believe the price.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Should have been inspected.

            By Bob110

            from Central Pa.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Looks good

            Cons

            • Defective volume pot
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

              I think Gibson dropped the ball on this one. Looked great out of the gig bag. Once I plugged it in it was downhill from there. Something with the neck volume pot was way funky. Wide open it was fine but once you start to reduce the volume by turning the knob down things got weird! About 1/4 the way down the tone became very thin and sharp, (without touching the tone control), Too much treble. if you keep turning it down it will eventually reduce the volume for that pick-up. The bridge volume control works fine as it should. If you put the 3-way switch in the middle position it did it for both pick-ups. ?????.
              They could not have done an inspection on this Firebird. It looks great but sounds very freaky. Something is defective for sure. Vol Pot??? 3 way switch??? tone control???
              I had to send it back. The QC dept. was sleeping when this one went by. Shame on you Gibson!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful Classic!

              By Bluesraker

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is a faithful reissue of the iconic '63 Firebird with updated Steinberger tuners a modern Tune-a-Matic bridge and stop tailpiece. The finish is gorgeous and fitment is impeccable. The Plek'd fingerboard has a super low, buzz-free action. The slim tapered neck has easy access to the 22nd fret. The mini humbuckers sound great and are very quiet. They produce a clear gutsy and low noise tone. I own many Gibson's. This has quickly become one of my favorites. I've been playing professionally over 45 years. I play over 475 shows a year. (no, it's not a typo). In fact, I currently hold a Guinness world record for most theatrical performances by a musician (male) for playing over 10,000 shows for a world renowned show in Las Vegas. So, I think I know a little about guitars and in my humble opinion, this one is a gem!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Won't You Fly High...Firebird Yeah!

                By Charvel750

                from Jacksonville, FL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

                    I have always loved the Firebird shape, and I have a vintage LP with the mini humbuckers. This Firebird is incredible. It's great for all kinds of music, my band plays classic rock, 80's metal, 90's alternative, and modern rock and it fits. I was surprised how great it is with high gain, you can get harmonic squeals! But back off the volume a bit and it's perfect for more laid back rock. Sounds wonderful clean too. Extremely versatile. The Steinberger tuners took a bit to figure out (especially for string changes) but they hold tuning very well. It usually is still in tune even after being in the case or gig bag. Get one when you can, they are in high demand and wait times are often a month or more.

                    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Best Deal coming out of Gibson these days.

                    By Buddy

                    from Lakeland, FL

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

                    I purchased mine from MF in mid April. It was a blemished model level 2 at 20% off. Honestly, I can't tell why it was a blemished model from its appearance. I would have never known. The one issue I have had with it; however, is static electricity. I don't know if it's just me but I just seem to have problems with Gibson's built in the last 15 years with static when I rub my hands on the back of the neck and parts of the back. My older Gibsons' don't have problems like this. I used dryer sheets on it and the more I play it the less static it seems to have so I am going to keep it. Already bought a real hardshell case for it. I live in Florida so humidity is plentiful so I don't know what the issue is with the static other than I have heard that Gibson electro statically charges their guitars when they apply the finish to save on paint/stain. It has led to problems with some people with static with their guitars. Overall though, I have to say it's the best deal going from Gibson right now though.

                    Sounds good but the pickups are week so its not a heavy metal guitar at all so keep that in mind. Classic Rock and blues would be it's forte.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Value, Great Player

                    By thunda

                    from Columbia TN

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Needs Strap Locks
                    • Nitro finish a bit delicate
                    • No hardshell case
                    • Pickup switch a little awkward
                    • Tuners take a bit of getting used to

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

                    Always wanted one. Was always a bit expensive. Already have a '96 Les Paul Classic, I have put a lot of miles on it and it looks the part. Also have 2001 Faded Flying V with crescent moon inlays. It and the Paul have the 60's slim taper neck which I love. Also have a 2006 Faded SG Special. The neck on this one is a little wide. So when I saw the price drop on this Firebird, I could not resist and pulled the trigger. It has the slim taper neck as well! Cool Beans!

                    At any rate, the guitar arrived safely. Was perfectly intonated right out of the box. This has never happened to me before. Had to raise the bass side of the bridge just a smidge (maybe 1/2 turn). The new hex posts make bridge adjustments super simple. No more ruining the finish on the thumbwheels with a pair of pliers...

                    The finish is stunning, but the nitro seems a little fragile. I would not wear a shirt with buttons whilst playing this guitar because I believe it will scratch easily. I actually prefer the poly finishes to nitro because poly is tough and will last a lifetime and would look just as good.

                    The pickups are bright, almost single coil like in tone. While hot, they are not as over the top as the 498R and 500T in my Paul nor is the bridge as crunchy as the DiMarzio Super Distortions I put into the V and SG. The bridge is quite louder than the neck pickup and has a nice midrange voice that cuts. I probably need to raise the neck pickup a little to balance out the volume, but I do like the bridge to be a bit louder when soloing.

                    The pickup switch is a little awkward due to it's placement distally on the lower horn. I have not gotten used to reaching that far to switch between pickups when playing live but hopefully I will get better at it in time.

                    I am not a fan of standard strap buttons (have had the strap come off a couple of times) so Schaller strap locks were installed immediately.

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