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Gibson 2016 Limited Edition Firebird Lyre Tail Vibrola Electric Guitar
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It's 1965. Man hasn’t landed on the moon yet, "The Sound of Music" tops the movie box office, the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction"—powered by the legen...Click To Read More About This Product
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A faithful recreation of the 1965 classic.
It's 1965. Man hasn’t landed on the moon yet, "The Sound of Music" tops the movie box office, the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction"—powered by the legendary sound of the Gibson Fuzz-Tone—hits number one, and musicians walking past music stores see a guitar that was born to turn heads: the Firebird Lyre Tail Vibrola. Its distinctive shape, sleek lines, eye-catching looks, and commanding tone inspired instant gear lust.
But unless you were around in 1965 and bought one, or found someone who didn’t know the guitar's value, you lost the chance to own this exquisite guitar…until now. The 2016 Limited Edition Firebird Lyre Tail Vibrola isn't just a guitar, it's a painstakingly researched re-boot of a classic. The only way to find a more authentic version is to build a time machine that takes you back more than 40 years ago to a store that has a new one in stock.
This handmade-in-the-USA beauty has a mahogany body with no weight relief, coupled with a mahogany/walnut neck and your choice of a faded Pelham blue or vintage sunburst finish. The six inline Grover tuners are faithful to the original tuners, and the design has stood the test of time to look as fresh now as it did all those years ago.
Tale of the Tail
The most distinctive element is the vibrola Lyre tail and cover. When it's time to whammy, the vibrola gets the job done in a way no other vibrato tailpiece can duplicate. The feel, the subtly increasing resistance as you push, and the accurate return to pitch make it a joy to play.
The Complete Package
The Firebird Lyre Tail Vibrola 2016 Limited Proprietary has all the other features that remain true to the original: black top hat knobs with inserts, the original Firebird neck shape and reverse headstock, vintage strap buttons, and the stripped, no-frills look of no body binding.
Available for only a limited time, this species of Firebird brings the past into the present with style. Play it, and you’ll discover what all the excitement was about back in 1965.
- Body shape: Z
- Body type: Solid body
- Body material: Solid wood
- Top wood: Not applicable
- Body wood: Alder
- Body finish: Gloss Lacquer
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Firebird
- Neck wood: Mahogany with walnut
- Joint: Set-in
- Scale length: 24.75"
- Truss rod: Standard
- Neck finish: Gloss
- Material: Rosewood
- Radius: 12"
- Fret size: Medium jumbo
- Number of frets: 22
- Inlays: Trapezoid
- Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
- Configuration: HH
- Neck: 495R
- Middle: Not applicable
- Bridge: 495T
- Brand: Gibson
- Active or passive pickups: Passive
- Series or parallel: Series
- Piezo: Yes
- Active EQ: No
- Special electronics: None
- Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
- Pickup switch: 3-way
- Coil tap or split: No
- Kill switch: No
- Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
- Bridge design: Vibrola
- Tailpiece: Lyre
- Tuning machines: Grover
- Color: Chrome
- Number of strings: 6-string
- Special features: Limited edition
- Case: Hardshell case
- Accessories: None
- Country of origin: United States
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Comments about Gibson 2016 Limited Edition Firebird Lyre Tail Vibrola Electric Guitar:
This guitar is essentially a reissue of a 1965 Firebird made during Gibson's transition from what is now known as the reverse Firebird to the non-reverse Firebird. Quality of mine (I got the Pelham Blue version) was on par with most Gibson USA models in that there were some very minor issue with the finish (the blue was a little thin in the guitar's corners near the raised center block) but was well made on the whole.
I really liked the non-reverse Firebird headstock on this model (as opposed to the reverse Firebird headstock with the banjo tuners). I feel this headstock is more lightweight than the typical Reverse headstock, which some people say causes neck-dive issues. I have no neck-dive issues with this model.
I also enjoy the lyre vibrato and I have not experienced any tuning instability with its use. The vibrato is best used to provide some "shimmer" to the notes/chords rather than whammy divebombs; it does shimmer really well.
The pickups are standard modern Firebird pickups. There are many discussions online about the merits of vintage vs modern Firebird pickups, but this is not the place for that discussion. Personally, I think the stock pickups sound just fine. I'd like to see Gibson issue some P90 equipped Firebirds, but that's another tangent.
I think the fretwork was good. The inlay work was outstanding and flawless!
Mine had a small, smooth scuff in the fretboard itself between the nut and the 1st fret that does not impact playability (I've seen this a few times on other USA models) almost like the buffer slipped during finishing. Weirdly, the scuff feels smoother than the rest of the fretboard. It is only visible with the light at certain angles.
All in all, I think this model provides a great way to own a lyre-equipped reverse Firebird without having to pay Custom Shop prices. Personally, I even prefer this model to custom shop reverse birds due to the presence of the non-reverse headstock (and the cheaper price).