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Gibson Limited Run 2011 Firebird Studio Non-Reverse Electric Guitar  

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    New sonic versatility, including true coil-tapped P-90s, for a genuine '60s classic.

    Gibson USA introduces the Limited Run 2011 Firebird Studio Non-Reverse, an electric guitar with all the eye-catching style and flair of the original 1965-69 non-reverse-bodied Firebird III, enhanced with added sonic versatility to bolster its vintage-certified tones. Crafted from Grade-A tonewoods, loaded with three of Gibson's amazing new Tapped P-90 pickups (for both original fat P-90 tones and brighter, snappier "narrow single-coil" tones), and upgraded with stunning new five-way pickup switching, push-pull tap and phase switching, and a Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece.

    Mahogany has a long and storied history as a Gibson tonewood, and it forms the core of the Firebird Studio Non-Reverse from Gibson USA. The guitar's body is crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany, and dressed in an authentic high-gloss nitrocellulose finish in Vintage Sunburst. Its quarter-sawn, Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to an ultra thin (.800-.850) profile, glued in, and topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 12" radius for smooth, choke-free bending. Beyond the PLEK-cut Corian nut, it carries a traditional "hawk's head" six-in-line headstock with high-quality Mini Grover kidney button tuners, while down at the body end a Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece—considerable upgrades from original components—help to ensure optimum resonance and sustain, while facilitating pinpoint intonation adjustments.

    With such a solid foundation beneath it, the piece de resistance of the Firebird Studio Non-Reverse's tonal arsenal lies in its complement of three great new Gibson pickups and hotrodded electronics to make the most of their sonic potential. A trio of Gibson USA's revolutionary new Tapped P-90 pickups provides all the fat snarl, crunch and bite that vintage P-90s are known for, with the option of a the brighter, twangier sound of a thinner single-coil pickup accessed via the push-pull switch on each pickup's independent volume control. They don't feature "split coil" switching, as used on humbucking pickups. The switch on each of these single-coil Tap P-90 pickups accesses a genuine tap wired into the coil windings of each unit, grounding off part of its output to produce a brighter, more focused tone when the switch is pulled. Combine this with the push-pull switch on the master tone pot, which puts the middle pickup out of phase when combined with either the bridge or neck unit, and five-way switching to access bridge/bridge+middle/middle/neck+middle/neck pickup selections (either tapped or full), the Firebird Studio offers an unprecedented tonal range.

    Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Check out the Firebird Studio Non-Reverse today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and grab a slab of authentic '60s-inspired tone, with sky's-the-limit modern versatility.

    Features

    • Solid grade-A mahogany body
    • High-gloss Vintage Sunburst nitrocellulose finish
    • Ultra thin (.800-.850) neck profile
    • Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 12" radius
    • Three revolutionary coil-tapped P-90 pickups
    • Legendary Tune-O-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
    • High-quality Mini Grover™ kidney button tuners

    Order today to get this superb marriage of tonal versatility and revolutionary style.

     
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    GibsonLimited Run 2011 Firebird Studio Non-Reverse Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

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    5.0

    Killer! Lucky to find it!

    By WinkyDee

    from Hamilton, ON, Canada

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • great price
    • Great Tuners

    Cons

    • Unnecessary Pushpull

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Limited Run 2011 Firebird Studio Non-Reverse Electric Guitar:

    Love it! The condition was better than I had expected, since I bought it used, condition 2. The smallest scratch just below the control cover saved me some serious pesos.

    Sounds very vintage. Looks very vintage. I put 11s on it immediately and a Bigsby B5 and Vibramate V5 so as to not molest this gorgeous beast. I also swapped the black knobs for vintage amber. Looks awesome on the sweet two-tone sunburst. The wood grain is gorgeous! I can't see myself ever parting with it. It's at least as cool as my Jazzmasters and Gretsches.

    The coil tap isn't for me, and I may rewire it to bipass all that, but I love the 5 way switch. The switch is a bit too tall, but hey, I can live with that.
    I've heard some people complain that the finish left something to be desired,not me! Mine is mint, aside from the cheesy truss rod cover.

    It has some serious bite, snarl and growl, perfect for what I'm writing. Very inspirational.

    I would reccomend it, but I like having a rare "bird" so I won't recommend it!

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    5.0

    Limited Run Bird

    By TMA

    from PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great Finish
    • Tonal Options

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run 2011 Firebird Studio Non-Reverse Electric Guitar:

      I am a big fan of Firebirds and was really excited when Gibson released another round of Non-Reverse Firebirds. I placed a pre-order as soon as the guitar was available for that and have been very happy I did. Only slightly disappointed they later released a Pelham Blue version but that particular one came with a baked maple board not a rosewood board which mine was built with at the time. The guitar overall is very bright sounding and has excellent P90 crunch and growl. The out of phase switching is a really neat option along with the 'split coil' options. The 'split coil' cleans up the P90 and makes it slightly thinner and a bit more clarity to your tone when engaged. As far as options, this guitar is loaded compared to the normal: 3 way switch, volume and tone knobs. I have used this guitar live as well as recorded and it has it's own sound and feel more so than your typical guitar. Stands out using slightly overdriven Vox tones to crunchy vintage Marshall tones.

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      4.0

      Gibson Firebird 2011 Limited Run Firebird Studio Non-Reverse Electric Guitar

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run 2011 Firebird Studio Non-Reverse Electric Guitar:

      I pretty much said how I feel in the FEATURES section.
      Ah, how can I describe this weird but interesting beast? I bought this thinking the P90's would just take me away (I've owned the Gibson Classic and currently a newer LP Gibson Junior). Maybe having too many options just threw me off, with it's push/pull knobs and Fender like toggle was too much. You get many interesting sounds for sure! I found the neck to be WIDE but not large if you know what I mean? Perhaps FLAT..Which isn't bad at all. The quality of piece was SWEET, no doubt at all. But as I played it, I felt like it was a Strat, which I am not looking for, Tele's is another story! I also just wanted two pickups, just my taste. So, if your looking for something that is different, this may be for you!

      Sometimes less is more.
      Excellent, except for the truss cover, lol.
      It's worth the money but..a little investment.

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