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Gibson Elliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird Electric Guitar

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During the 70s and 80s, Elliot Easton's guitar solos were a staple of the airwaves on classic rock hits by the Cars. From early Cars singles like œJu...Click To Read More About This Product

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Bold body design with an exlusive finish and Easton-requested appointments and electronics.

During the 70s and 80s, Elliot Easton's guitar solos were a staple of the airwaves on classic rock hits by the Cars. From early Cars singles like œJust What I Needed and œMy Best Friend' Girl, to 1981' œShake It Up", Elliot' offbeat and frenzied riffs where the engine that drove the bands more energetic side and his influence can be found on plenty of bands from the 80s to today. A longtime fan of Gibson electrics, Elliot has been associated with a Signature SG model, but now the legendary guitarist and Gibson USA have teamed up to create the Elliot Easton œTikibird Firebird which blends some classic features with plenty of player-approved advances.

This stunner features a new, exclusive Gold Mist Poly finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer over the now legendary œreverse body Firebird design of the 1963-™65 era. Adding to its aesthetically pleasing appeal is a hot-stamped Tiki graphic on a traditional multi-ply white plastic pickguard. It' powered by a pair of Gibson' most popular humbucking pickups, '57 Classics, with versatile coil-splitting and phase-reverse wiring for a variety of sonic capabilities. The Elliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird's Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with Vibramate Spoiler for easy string loading lets you create emotive dips and tremulous wobbles. Its TonePros locking tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles ensures your guitar will get back on pitch quickly when you're dabbling with vibrato. Finally, a set of Steinberger gearless tuners provide incredible tuning efficiency.

Body and neck
The Elliot Easton œTikibird Firebird is made in the image of the original œreverse body Firebirds of 1963-™65, with lines that appeared to be the reverse image of other solidbody styles on the market. It features a through-neck solid multi-piece mahogany design with glued-on mahogany body wings. The neck is carved to Elliot' preferred slim, fast Firebird profile, measuring just 0.8 at the 1st fret and 0.85 at the 12th. It is topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with traditional trapezoid inlays and 22 medium-jumbo frets.

Pickups and electronics
To fatten up the traditional Firebird tone, Easton's œTikibird Firebird has a duo of Gibson' popular ™57 Classic humbucking pickups, beloved for their blend of depth and clarity. A custom network of four slider switches mounted in the pickguard give you versatility, accessing individual coil splitting for both pickups, phase-reverse when used together, and Gibson' Pure True Bypass switching. The latter routes the bridge pickup directly to the output jack when engaged, for a quick preset lead tone with no loading. The coil-split switching offers something new, too: wired in Gibson' œFrequency-Tuned Coil Tap mode, the two pickups are still reverse-wound/reverse-polarity in the center position when tapped, for hum-canceling single-coil tones, and their individual tapped tones are still hum reducing, and more accurate to boot. The remaining controls include the traditional four-knob complement with three-way toggle switch.

Hardware
Per Easton's request, a genuine Bigsby vibrato is modified with a Vibramate Spoiler string loader to save you from the hassle of restringing this beloved whammy bar. Its TonePros tune-o-matic locks down tight for enhanced resonance and sustain, with nylon saddles to avoid string hitches during Bigsby use. Super-efficient Steinberger gearless tuners give you the smoothest tune-up without spoiling the radical lines of its headstock. The traditional Firebird truss rod cover has a gold Gibson logo hot-stamped on it, while the custom multi-ply white plastic pickguard features a hot-stamped Tiki graphic.

FEATURES
Solid mahogany body with Gold Mist Poly finish
Multi-piece mahogany neck with slim, super-fast Firebird profile
Pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
TonePros tune-o-matic bridge and Bigsby vibrato with a Vibramate Spoiler string loader
Steinberger gearless tuners with 40:1 tuning ratio
Elliot Easton signature on back of headstock
Includes:
Gibson USA hardshell case
Truss rod adjustment tool
Owner' manual and adjustment literature
Gibson' Limited Lifetime Warranty
Gibson 24/7/365 Customer Service

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GibsonElliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

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5.0

Great Playing and Good Looking Guitar

By mjmmusicman

from Philadelphia PA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Elliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird Electric Guitar:

    I was debating on whether to purchase the Elliot Easton "Tikbird" or the Firebird 2010 but liked the idea of the Bigsby and the electronics(coil splitting)so I went with the "Tikibird". Although I liked the features of the "Tikibird" I did have some questions on what a Firebird would sound like with 57 classic humbuckers Vs. mini-humbuckers. Quite frankly I was pleasantly surprised by the clear crisp tone that I got from the humbuckers even in the neck position. From my stand point great blues tone without even splitting the coil. The coil splitting feature is nice but prefer that for clean tones. The guitar plays really well and I love the neck but I did have to adjust the action out of the box. Overall a great guitar, good quality, nice finish and a pleasure to play. I had an Epiphone Firebird VII and really liked the way it played but was never entirely satisfied with the tone. This guitar gives me the firebird neck that I love as well as the tone for both blues and rock. Great looking guitar and love the fact that it is different and will stand out in the crowd.

     
    5.0

    Perfect for the pricerange

    By Mountain Mathis

    from Norway

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Big venues
      • Jamming
      • Music videos
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Elliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird Electric Guitar:

      I have been working in the Pacific for a few years, and are a huge fan of Polynesian culture, so i could not believe my luck when i saw the Tikibird had been born. Being a hobby musician with a sweet spot for Gibson's playing blues/rock/soul/surf i bought this guitar at first chance, and i was not disappointed. I love the looks, the feel and the sound. The playability is great and the vibrato system keeps in tune (0.11 strings). Tikibird fits very well in with his little family consisting of a ES-135 and a 3 single coil SG.

       
      5.0

      nice

      By tapster

      from Knoxville TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson Elliot Easton "Tikibird" Firebird Electric Guitar:

          Bought this hoping that all of the tone-switching options would let me get both Fender and Gibson sounds in one electric. While the coil-splitting switch doesn't really deliver a strat or tele sound, it's close enough so that I can still play most gigs with only this guitar. Full-size humbuckers sound great, phase switch adds tonal possibilities, and "lead switch" that sends bridge pickup directly to output is nice.

          Neck was set up perfectly from the factory - just add a touch of graphite to the nut for tuning stability and it's all set. The finish is typical Gibson - not without some "character" if you look for it, but it will look used anyway soon enough. Check the Gibson website 2013 Firebird models for a more accurate view of the color - it's not as copper-colored as some photos appear.

          No buyer's remorse here - nice guitar that I love to play.

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