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Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar  

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    Gibson

    The original radical rocker.

    The Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar features classic offset body styling and neck-through-body design for increased sustain and solid attack. The body is 9-ply mahogany/walnut with mahogany wings, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay, high-output mini humbuckers at the bridge and neck, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, a 3-way switch, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

    Features

    • Classic offset body styling
    • Neck-through-body design for increased sustain and attack
    • 9-ply mahogany/walnut body with mahogany wings
    • Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay
    • High-output mini humbuckers at the bridge and neck
    • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
    • 3-way switch
    • Chrome hardware

    Put your hands on this classic and you'll never let go!

     
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    4.7

    (based on 38 reviews)

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    Best Gibson Solidbody

    Got this guitar a couple weeks ago. Been playing for over 45 years so I'm no stranger to guitars. I've owned some very nice guitars: 60 Gibson 330, 65 Ric 330, 68...Read complete review

    Got this guitar a couple weeks ago. Been playing for over 45 years so I'm no stranger to guitars. I've owned some very nice guitars: 60 Gibson 330, 65 Ric 330, 68 Gibson 345, 69 Gibson LP Custom, ltd ed custom shop SG, ltd ed Strat, etc. I own 16 guitars (Gibson, Gretsch, Fender, Epi, Ric, Line 6, Takamine, Schecter, etc). I mention this not to brag, but so you know I'm not a beginner who is infatuated with his first guitar. In the past few years I haven't been impressed with that famous "Gibson Quality" (at least in workmanship and finish. Materials, however, are tops). Certainly PRS, Schecter, and Epiphone are better workmanship. But I have to say that this Firebird is flawless in every respect. I still had to adjust trussrod, action, and intonation. Some reviewers say they buy guitars that are perfect right out of the box. I've owned 25 guitars, NONE have not required some adj, ALL have at least required intonation. Maybe I'm just picky. This is way better than a LP-it has meatier tone, better access to higher frets, definitely more unique looks. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE LPs. I own 3 and would like to get a couple more. But the Firebird is simply better in every way. The mini humbuckers are perhaps the best thing going. They have a full rich sound similar to the Burstbucker Pro but are crisper/more distinct. They get an amazing warm overdriven blues sound but are very articulate, and can sharpen up to ring like a bell (Johnny Winter can't be wrong). You'll get the best tone out of it by using nickle coated 10 guage strings-Gibson Brite Wires #10 are the best.I have rather small hands so I generally prefer the slim taper neck. This is similar but SLIGHTLY heaftier (not nearly as thick as the 50s "C" shape tho). I find that it is absolutely perfect. This is one amazing axe. Everything good that has been said by other reviewers is true. Some have said that it is a pricy. Hey, it's way better than a LP and $500 cheaper!! It's a no brainer. You simply cannot buy a better sounding/playing/looking guitar.Only one criticism...I'm not impressed with the quality of these banjo tuners. They aren't very smooth, they're difficult to tune precicely, and they don't stay in tune as well as some others. But they ARE WAY cool looking. I wouldn't let them stop me from replacing this guitar if I ever had to (Heaven forbid).

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    never meet your hero

    I picked it up and was dissapointed by the fit and finish of it. The pots felt cheap, the tuners were terrible, on an expensive guitar the tuners should be great, not so...Read complete review

    I picked it up and was dissapointed by the fit and finish of it. The pots felt cheap, the tuners were terrible, on an expensive guitar the tuners should be great, not so bad you can't tune the instrument. Once I got it sorta tuned I plugged it in, the pickups were alright, but nothing spectacular. Neck was super sticky with the gloss on it, and the frets were far from perfect. I walked away after a few min no longer wanting anything to do with it, the quality was worse than the squier classic vibe I played afterwards.

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    5.0

    Its a Tbird....

    This is a classic guitar. It's not a Paul or a Strat, it's a Tbird. Looks like one, plays like one...it must be one...sure am glad I own it. Adjust to the guitar, not it to you. Neck heavy,cinch it up a little until you get used to the fabulous neck. Neck much the same as a Wilshire 64' Epi. Use tubes... that's what it was designed to play through. My finish is a little thick, at the neck pocket, maybe poly rather than nitro. I'll get over it. Beautiful, authentic remake of a classic.

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    2.0

    never meet your hero

    By birdman-5UhXR

    from upstate new york

    I picked it up and was dissapointed by the fit and finish of it. The pots felt cheap, the tuners were terrible, on an expensive guitar the tuners should be great, not so bad you can't tune the instrument. Once I got it sorta tuned I plugged it in, the pickups were alright, but nothing spectacular. Neck was super sticky with the gloss on it, and the frets were far from perfect. I walked away after a few min no longer wanting anything to do with it, the quality was worse than the squier classic vibe I played afterwards.

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    5.0

    Low Down Blues Machine

    I have always wondered why the Firebird was not more popular with blues players than it is. A few blues legends have used it as their axe of choice: Johnny Winter and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown among them. Allen Collins memorable solo ending to Skynyrd's "Free Bird" was forged on Firebird as well. The sound of this guitar is quite unique. The "mini humbucker" pickup is a sound unto itself. Anyone doubting the ability of this axe to deliver the blues ought to catch a youtube performance of Johnny Winter sliding his way through "Highway 61". It will drop your jaw. I love the grit of the mini humbucker. It's gutsy and raw when overdriven; it?s tight and clear played clean. I play my Firebird V through a Fender De Ville 410. It's a good combination for the blues. I have the vintage sunburst model. I love this color, however, the lacquer finish could have been applied with more care. It is quite flawed in some places. Unfortunately, Gibson does not pay the attention to detail they say they do. In spite of this, I am very happy with the guitar. Those interested in buying the guitar need to spend some time playing it before they buy. It has quite a different feel from most Gibson or Fender products. Playing at the end of the neck toward the nut can feel awkward at first. The guitar balance is neck heavy. That can be a real negative for some. This guitar allows easy access to frets above the 12th fret. I find it much easier to use than a strat in that application. I have played the blues for over three decades; I am very happy to have this guitar. It's unique in both sound and appearance. It's a true classic. I often hear guitarist complain that the strat is far too prevalent and overused and they want something different. Well, if that describes you, then you might give this guitar a closer look. Joey Granada Hills, CA

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    5.0

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    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar is a combination between a Gibson les paul and a tele, it can deliver that bright tone of a tele but can hit as hard and as heavy as a les paul (those deep tone notes) as well as maintaining its own personality without the weight of the guitar breaking your back. I play everything from rock to metal and I can tell you this guitar is worth the price, The sweet Inlay frets and the weird body shape allow you to rip on those high notes that are kinda touchy on les pauls and other guitars. If your serious about guitars .. check it out

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    5.0

    Not for everyone - But I love them

    By Bill-_iaKG

    from Oklahoma City

    I bought a 63 Firebird V in 69 and giged with it for 15 years. Sold it when they werent popular played acoustic for a while. Got a new one Scratch and Dent From Musicians Friend. I have to say that I got a great deal! The reason for the 4 for quality is the pickups. They are notiing like the 63. The adjustment screws kept backing out and they would rattle in the body. The pickups ohmed out at 23k on the bridge and 15 at the neck. The original alnico in the 63 were 6.5K each. If you are looking for the original firebird sound you won't find it here.I ended up sending the pickups to Kent Armstrong to rebuild. He replaced everthing except the plate and the cover. Alnico 5 magnets, 6.5K at the neck and 8.5K at the bridge. This is now better than my old 63.The wooden part of the guitar is well made. Neck, frets everything is great. It takes time to get use to playing this guitar. The new ones are a little more neck heavy than I remember my 63 being.I use a 4" wide thin leather strap which keeps it from sliding. I recently got a new Bullet coiled cord that really helps offset the weight.The banjo tuners stay in tune quite well but the screws holding on the keys are always comming loose. Firebirds are not for everyone. They play and soud different than any other guitar made. That is what makes them special.

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    5.0

    Alan Say's

    By Alan From Mississippi

    from Meridian,Ms (Home of Peavey)

    I've had my VintageSunburst FireBird V For about 2 weeks. It's neckheavy but the Sound and Playability is Awesome. I've always Dreamed of Having one since I was 13 (I'm 48 now) and Now It's Mine and I Love it. Musician's Friend treated me "Right".....Nobody could touch their Price and the 2year Unconditional Warranty Is Great! Thanks Guy's For treating me Right

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    5.0

    An American Icon

    By Pappy

    from Great Southwest Deserts

    I've lusted for a Gibson Firebird ever since I saw J.Winter in the early 1970's. I just purchased a tobacco Firebird V model. Beautiful piece of work. Great American craftsmanship. Comfortable to play. I love the smell of that nitro/lacquer finish in the morning.Screams with the best of them. It takes some getting used to. It's design is so radically different than anything else out there. She is a keeper!But... The stock tuning keys SUCK. Every thing else about her rocks. Be sure to get one.A true American Rock & Roll Icon!!!!

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    5.0

    FIREBIRD!

    By Rickie

    from Ohio

    I just got my Firebird V yesterday in Classic White. This guitar is perfect for me. I needed a guitar that is bright and clean with a degree of twang but is capable of turning up the heat a bit. And I can get it from my Firebird. I buy and sell a lot of guitars and let me tell you - this bad boy is going NOWHERE!!

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    5.0

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    By Mr.Fabio

    from Roma, Italy

    I have a Cherry Firebird V and a Blue Non Reverse plus other 4 excellent guitars, two Les Pauls and two G.& L., and I really love this guitar; expecially for Blues and slide works the Firebird V is the best one that I owe! This is due to the particular construction that allows the player to acced very easily to the higest frets, much better than any other guitar that I played. As the other Firebirds this guitar needs a special devotion to the instrument, becouse the position of the arms of the player must be different from the position that we normally use to play more conventional models; the neck is much far out of the body and this allows the player to use very easily the higest frets but it can create some difficulties in the lowest positions, because the neck is very thin, flat as radius and large. The flat neck is anyway perfec fr slide work. My Bird stays very well in tune and the machine heads are easy to use even if you must remember that they work reverse.But the best of this axe is the sound of the mini humbuckers! The neck pick up is wonderful, expecially for Blues and the bridge one is enough good too, even if it has not the some power of a big humbucker; the Firebird V is somekind of halfway beetween a single coil equipped guitar and a traditional humbuckers equipped one: it is more warm and powerful than a strat but at the some time is not dark and muddy as a Les Paul. It has not the twang of a Tele but it's much brighter than a Las Paul and the sound is loud and clean.In conclusion I say that the Firebrd V is my favourite Blues axe even if it needs, like Birdtrain said in another customer rewiew, submission and a little sacrifice to play it well! I love this guitar.

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    5.0

    The Firebird Screams

    By Jim T.-SDsDV

    from Clearwater, FL

    I've been playing my cherry red Firebird V for a couple of years, and once you get past the initial physical awkwardness in the design, you'll appreciate the Bird's sonic qualities. You can compensate for the top-heaviness of the design by using your right forearm resting on the rim, either sitting or standing, and that also puts your right arm in a natural playing position. Simply put, the Firebird is the T. Rex of electric guitars. Through any amp with a good overdrive sound (I use a Mesa Boogie DC-5), its sustain and punch are unrivaled, even if you use only the neck pickup. When you kick in the bridge pickup--watch out! The mini-humbucks don't roll off treble till about 6k-7k, so you do need to exercise some caution with regard to your listener's eardrums, as the sound can be really piercing. Again, it's a matter of finding your sound on the guitar, as you would with any other instrument. Build quality is first-rate. If you've never played a neck-through body guitar, it's great fun checking out how much tonal punch it adds compared to a glued-in neck. I only deducted points in the ratings for the weight balance and the tuners, which as many players have pointed out, are a bit of a pain. But as I tell my friends who have Les Pauls, Dare to be different! Through a good amp, the Bird will eat Les Pauls for lunch.

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