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Gibson Firebird VII Electric Guitar  

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    Gibson

    Not just another look-alike.

    Performance, playability, and styling are the hallmarks of the Gibson Firebird VII Electric Guitar. When first introduced in 1965, the Firebird VII was celebrated for its natural feel, fast action, and wide range of tone. With its 9-ply mahogany and walnut neck-thru-body design, 6-in-a-line banjo-style machine heads and adjustable ABR bridge with Vibrola tailpiece, this Gibson guitar became the rage.
    The new Firebird VII also features replicas of Gibson's high-output mini humbucker producing bright and focused output, while retaining the famous Gibson humbucker performance. The ebony fingerboard and Lyre Vibrola add to the Firebird VII's expressive range.

    Features
    • 9-ply mahogany and walnut neck-through-body with mahogany wings
    • Ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • ABR bridge with Vibrola tailpiece
    • Chrome or gold (depending on color) Lyre Vibrola
    • 3 high-output mini humbucker pickups
    • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switching

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    4.4

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Style Unbeatable Tone

    First off, I got this as a blem. I couldn't find the blem though, so go figure. The cymbal ding in the headstock now makes it an official blem. I'll start out with...Read complete review

    First off, I got this as a blem. I couldn't find the blem though, so go figure. The cymbal ding in the headstock now makes it an official blem. I'll start out with the bad first. I noticed that when I first got this guitar the low E tuner was a little bit hard to turn and felt like it had some sand in it. After a few string changes it stopped working. I called Gibson and had a new one in a week. Great customer service, but when I spend as much money as I did on this I really expected the quality to be there. I certainly hope that wasn't the Blem that they were referring to, because that was a flat out defect. Now The Good. This guitar sounds as good as it looks. I use three different amps. First is and original Crate Vintage club 50 watt head with an old Randall Jaguar cabinet, one word; Magic!! I get a warm creamy tone without sacrificing the high end. I team this with my '76 Fender Twin and ProCo Rat and I get great tone again. When I hook this up my '84 Marshall JCM 800 I get that perfect "Mott The Hoople" rock sound. This guitar is incapable of sounding bad. I even used a Musicman head for some experimental recording sessions and the guitar sounded awesome again. I know that styling really shouldn't make a huge difference, but when a beautiful girl comes up to you after a show and tells you that your new guitar, and I quote, "Took my Breath away" How can that not account for something? You can read about the construction which is pretty unique. If I were ever to lose this guitar I would be heartbroken. I'd buy another one but I'll never be able afford another one. email me if you'd like a url where you can hear this baby in action.

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    Very Cool Guitar

    I bought my firebird 7 in 2005 so I've had a while to use it. I've played professionally for 30-plus years. I mainly use a Marshall DSL 100 stack with a few basic ...Read complete review

    I bought my firebird 7 in 2005 so I've had a while to use it. I've played professionally for 30-plus years. I mainly use a Marshall DSL 100 stack with a few basic effects. It really THUNDERS! This guitar is a thing of beauty. I feel lucky to have such an excellent guitar. The styling and overall workmanship is just what you'd expect for an axe in this price range. Possibly the coolest looking guitar ever concieved by mankind! This is my fourth bird, so I've learned a few tricks on how to improve it without devaluation. I put the neck pickup in the bridge position(it's very hot 23k ohms}. I bought a Dan Armstrong mini and put it in the neck position{7k ohms balances my volumes out nicely}. I put a plastic sleeve on the vibrato arm bolt to muffle the mechanical noise. I also put plastic sleeves on the bridge pickup adjuster screws to dampen the mechanical noise {the use of hi gain amps really require special care}.Lastly, I tilted all 3 pickups so the surface is now paralell with the strings. Gibson, are you reading this?? Man, what a difference! These tweaks make my Bird sound as killer as it looks! Try em, see for yourself.

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    5.0

    GIBSON DELIVERS

    By Rob-lTH7P

    from San Jose, CA

    The Firebird VII never fails to deliver. Great player, well balanced, capable of deep grunge sound through gained up Marshall stack and clean bluesy tone through Fender Twin. I will never give up my Firebird.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By WesHockemeyer

    from Sedalia Mo

    I bought a New Red Metallic Gibson Firdbird VII last fall after selling my Epi Firebird. After changing strings and working on the setup this guitar plays like dream (every new Gibson I've played including my LP standard needs some neck/action work from the factory). The minihumbuckers are wonderful, giving both Gibson and Fenderish tones depending on amp setup. I love the ebony fretboard, smooth as silk and allowes great upper fretboard access. My only complaint is the 3-way switch, it leaves too many pickup settings unavailable, I wish it would come with a 6-way switch like the Jimmy Page LP Custom. Anyways I tore apart the switch and re-wired it so it have neck, neck-middle, and bridge settings, still I would like a 6-way, are you listening Gibson!!!

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    4.0

    Awesome

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    What can I say... First of all, this guitar is stunningly beautiful. For me. I'm not a metalhead- this is another Gibson guitar to admire as a real piece of art rather than a swing-around punk's log. That being said, this guitar is totally rock'n'roll- providing warm, woody yet pretty tangy (Explorer-like) sound. It has a nice feel to it, the neck is pretty comfy, I had to get used to it though because I'm used to fattier necks and this one feels pretty strange but when you really do, it feels good and plays rather fast- a bit like Epi Casino. It really does have some issues with staying in tune sometimes, even all set up, I assume the design got something to do with it. BUT it's never annoying like with cheap guitars so I won't complain, it's not that bad at all. The "vibrola" is nothing special but I like it a lot- it's really responsive. Pick-ups are very awesome, although mini humbucks which I don't like that much, but on this guitar they really rock. I could tell a lot about this guitar but being brief, overall- it's really not my most beloved guitar, but I like to pick it up every now and then and at least regale my eyes- it's not one of those top-end Gibson guitars but it looks and is made nearly as awesome as one of them. The sound, which is the most important aspect- is very distinctive, looks are more than awesome and feels great. What more could you ever ask for the little money you pay. Albeit not top end stuff or very rare thing, this is a great addition to my collection and delight to play.

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    5.0

    A Modern Classic

    By J. Green-5pDk4

    from Chicago

    This past year I purchased this outstanding guitar. It has become one of my favorites due to its singular tone and playability. The guitar has tone that cuts through the mix with distinction and class.

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    5.0

    Gorgeous Guitar, 5 Stars across the board!

    I recently bought this guitar in Metallic Red finish and when I first opened up the case I was completely blown away! This guitar plays and sounds like a dream as well. Not only is it great on the eyes, but it's a real treat for the finger tips aswell! Overall, this guitar just tastes oh so good!

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    5.0

    wow

    By scriabin

    from Philadelphia

    Wow. I've had this guitar for a little over a year now and I am more than impressed by its performance. The tone of this guitar just could not be better and the neck feels great. I love how the neck is set because once you get used to it, it really plays wonderfully. This guitar has superb access even up to the 22nd fret and the whammy bar works great. I got this brand new and I must warn you all that it really needs to be set up at the shop. Mine did not stay in tune at all at first, but once its set up, this guitar just performs like no other.

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    5.0

    changed my def. of tone.

    By TRAVISxMcNasty

    from San Diego, CA

    I bought my firebird vii not too long ago brand new for a smoking deal of a price. The nine ply mahogany and walnut neckthru gives amazing stability and sustain, along with the mahogany wings give a nice dark full bodied solid sound. The mini humbuckers have a bright attack that counter that sound to balance the tone to a well naturally equalized sound. I've plugged it through marshalls, mesa boogies, oranges, fender twins. It's got versatility like none other. The bridge pickup can thrash and wail like a les paul or sg, and the middle pickup gives a throaty warm smoothe flow, which sounds amazing with a little spring reverb on a lightly overdriven clean channel. The neck pickup is throaty, great for blues, rythm, or lead. The ebony fingerboard gives extra percussion to finger taps and hammerons, and plays smoothely, block inlays give a nice gibson custom shop look at a price that isn't. And the vibrato is the last finishing touch to make the guitar great for every single genre you could throw at it. Although its a high maintenance guitar, it'll treat you right if you baby it. Remember though, its NOT A PRACTICE GUITAR. Its mainly a show or recording piece. Its very hard to sit down with this guitar due to the size and shape. For writing, I stick to my deluxe stratocaster or 1972 hofner acoustic. The only one drawback I ever had with the Firebird VII, is the standard gibson size neck. Although I do have pretty good size hands, Ive just been used to ESP, Fender, and Ibanez necks through most of my playing years.

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    5.0

    Stylish, versatile guitar

    By Roxyman

    from Benicia, CA

    This guitar is an absolute wonder to play and has a tremendous amount of sonic versatility. The mini-humbuckers definitely have enough output to play all but the hardest rock. The guitar's appearance is unique and striking, the action is low, and the neck is fast. I usually don't like guitars with three pick-ups due to a tendency to hit the pick-up covers with my pick, but this guitar is so sweet to play, and the combinations of sounds you can get from the three humbuckers sounds so good, that I'm willing to adjust how I play to avoid the pick-up covers. I rated the value down due to the high price, and the quality because I haven't had it long enough to determine its long-term ruggedness. I would whole-heartedly recommend this guitar if you can afford the price. You won't be sorry.

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    3.0

    Very Cool Guitar

    By Tripower03-U0TWl

    from swanton, ohio

    I bought my firebird 7 in 2005 so I've had a while to use it. I've played professionally for 30-plus years. I mainly use a Marshall DSL 100 stack with a few basic effects. It really THUNDERS! This guitar is a thing of beauty. I feel lucky to have such an excellent guitar. The styling and overall workmanship is just what you'd expect for an axe in this price range. Possibly the coolest looking guitar ever concieved by mankind! This is my fourth bird, so I've learned a few tricks on how to improve it without devaluation. I put the neck pickup in the bridge position(it's very hot 23k ohms}. I bought a Dan Armstrong mini and put it in the neck position{7k ohms balances my volumes out nicely}. I put a plastic sleeve on the vibrato arm bolt to muffle the mechanical noise. I also put plastic sleeves on the bridge pickup adjuster screws to dampen the mechanical noise {the use of hi gain amps really require special care}.Lastly, I tilted all 3 pickups so the surface is now paralell with the strings. Gibson, are you reading this?? Man, what a difference! These tweaks make my Bird sound as killer as it looks! Try em, see for yourself.

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    5.0

    A nice axe with alot of features and capabilities

    By dbsnowball

    from South Orleans, MA

    I found the Gibson Firebird VII to be a pretty nice instrument. The neck access to the upper register is great although the frets feel abit edgy. My Les Paul Custom has a superior neck. My Firebird VII arrived with the action set to low, and the strings rattled, but it was an easy fix. The bridge pick-up was crooked and set to high, but a turn of the adjustments screws corrected the problem. Versatility in sound is the strong point of this guitar,and the weight is not to hard on the shoulder. The finish has some imperfections in the paint, and the lyre vibrato is not as radical in pitch extremes as say a Floyd Rose,but is still functional. This guitar is a better instrument than the under $2500 Les Paul's, but it is not a threat to the more expensive Gibson's. If you wish to play Johnny Winter note for note, which is my intention, this is the guitar you will need.

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