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Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar

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Based on the 1963 original Firebird updated with ceramic 'buckers and gearless tuners.

The Gibson 2013 Firebird features the original 1963-style classic reverse body styling and neck-through body design for increased sustain and solid attack. Modern improvements include high-output ceramic mini-humbuckers and gearless Steinberger 40:1 ratio machine heads for extreme tuning precision. The Firebird 2010 has a mahogany body with walnut stringers and mahogany wings, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays, and chrome hardware. Includes case.

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FEATURES
  • Classic reverse body styling
  • Neck-through body design for increased sustain and attack
  • Mahogany body with walnut stringers and mahogany wings
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Steinberger gearless tuners
  • High-output creramic mini-humbuckers at the bridge and neck
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
  • 3-way switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Includes case
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Peghead pitch: 14
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.800"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.850"
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • 2.062" nut width at 12th fret
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Gibson2013 Firebird Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Rock concerts (8)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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(18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PURE AMERICANA

By Southern Cross the Dog

from Granada Hills, CA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Mojo
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stunning finish

Cons

  • A Bit Awkward In Feel

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Rock And Roll
  • Southern Rock

Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in vintage sunburst a while back from the Guitar Center in Orange, Connecticut (great folks to deal with by the way). In my guitar collection of a dozen pieces, it ranks among the top. I don't play anything that can be defined as "modest" in price. I am a blues guitarist with 40 years of playing under my belt and in my own opinion, the Firebird ranks as the one of the finest blues / rock guitars ever manufactured. This guitar is not for everyone, in fact, it is quite genre specific. The Firebird has a stunning legacy. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Johnny Winter, Brian Jones (The Stones), Eric Clapton (during his "Cream" days), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Warren Haynes (Government Mule, Allman Bros.), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Mick Taylor (The Stones), Ron Wood (The Stones), and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), were all disciples of the venerable Firebird. And let us not forget the memorable outrance solo to Skynard's "Free Bird" performed so brilliantly by Alan Collins on his Gibson Firebird. Its full biting tone carved an unforgettable niche into the annals of Blues, Southern Rock, and Rock and Roll. It's pure Americana.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

unique axe

By Michman

from Michigan

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Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

Unique appearance and features. Sounds great, plays smoothly. Great axe.
Bought the new Gibson Firebird. I had to wait several months. Well worth the wait. I have PRS, Gibson ES and Lesters, etc. The Firebird is unique. It is very light, like an SG, but doesn't have as much neck dive as the SG. I won't have a sore shoulder after a long gig with this, the way I do after throwing a Lester around for three hours. The pups on the Firebird are unique, as well. The gearless 40-1 ratio banjo style tuners will take some getting used to, but I look forward to playing this for quite some time. I just wish it would have been available with the Maestro whammy.
So, unique shape, light weight, unique pickups, neck through body, very different tuners, beautiful finish. Nothing else has this combination of features.....nothing. My guitar tech is a real Firebird freak. Now, I know why. Sign me up.
Everything on the guitar was solid and well finished. Neck was smooth, frets were well dressed.
Everything is relative. There are cheaper guitars, particularly those made outside the US. But, for a quality US made set neck quitar with great electronics and hardware, the Firebird is a real value.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A unique axe

By Westy

from Ohio

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

    When I first got this guitar in April 2012, I was bemused by it. It's really long head to toe, yet very light. The tuning system is unlike anything else, at first a bit weird. And you have to be more conscious of walking around with the Firebird because the headstock is much farther out there to the left than, say, a Les Paul or Strat. That said, I loved immediately the sound of the mini-humbuckers through my small Vox, Fender, and Marshall amps maxed, managing the overall volumes via the guitar. The set-up on it wasn't great, so I changed strings to mediums, lowered the action and corrected the intonation. That's when I started struggling with it. With the mediums, I couldn't get the action as low as I like without massive buzzing, so more often than not, it sat in its stand while I played my other guitars instead. It wasn't a problem with the guitar so much as my choice of strings. The Firebird does not like medium or heavy gauge strings. I changed back to lights about two months ago and now I'm back to loving this guitar. It's very versatile, lovely to play, and every single position on the neck is so easy to reach, no matter where you are. And the sound is great. You can play it big and brawny or you can mute it down a bit without losing its characteristic sound- think EC with Cream playing Crossroads or Johnny Winter playing his sit-down version of Key to the Highway. A really great guitar... just play it with lights.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    worth every penny

    By funkymonk94

    from Ontario, Canada

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar used a couple months ago, and it sounds great no matter what you throw at it. The mini humbucker pickups are amazing with a nice crunchy bridge pickup, a warm neck pickup and a nice blend when you use both. Its a little awkward to play for the first couple times because the body is so long and it feels like youre playing really far up on the guitar but you get used to it. The tuners are amazing and probaby one of my favourite parts of the guitar since its so unique, and is super accurate for tuning. This guitar sings even when unplugged and if it where to be stolen i would buy another in a heartbeat. you wont be dissappointed if you get one.

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    As expected

    By David

    from Arlington, VA

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

      Consistent with the typical Gibson product, no disappointments. Set-up was less than perfect, it took a little work to make this one play well. Once the guitar was set up properly, it played amazingly well. Firebirds have incredible sustain! Nice looking guitar - fit, finish, & appearance were all very good. The ceramic pickups have very high output, you have to dial them down for most applications. No complaints.

      (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibsons mass production makes me wonder

      By six

      from NJ

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

      I knew the guitars reputation before my purchase its biting sound and raw in your face power The guitar is like no other the problem is I had to return one that had a broken tuner and the second one I recieved had a crack in the pic gaurd along with the nut needing adjustment by a guitar tech I question Gibsons system of checking what they ship out after all this is no cheap guitar you would think they might be a bit more concerned with the finish product they are sending out.I will say Musicians friend took care of me promptly on the issues I had with this guitar they are a Top notch company to deal with The guitar plays incredible now also own a 59 reissue Les Paul,57 FenderStrat Gibson SG,Warrior Isabella Rick derringers personal guitar #31and several other guitars of all this Firebird seems to have the most in your face power

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yes its a real Firebird

      By Old Blues Guy

      from Canton IL

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      Pros

      • Better Case Better Tuner
      • I Had One In 1965
      • Pl Ays Like A Bird
      • This Sounds Like A Bird

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Play It In Any Venue

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is vintage sunburst. Its beautiful just like the 1963 model I owned. It was made for the Blues or Rock. Sounds great for jazz, country, or even Surfin'. It is a big guitar but weighs about the same as my SG Special. Make sure you put strap locks on it and be careful of stands because the neck and body are one piece. Its a real Gibson with hot pickups and wonderful sustain. Buy it!

      (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME

      By Condor

      from Colorado

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

        I don't write reviews. Having owned around 45 Guitars...This Firebird is worth my time to write a review. Right out of the box, and hard case. It was in tune...no setup required and ready to soar to new heights as I ran my fingers up and down that buttery, perfectly finished neck. And....the tone....Tone, Baby Tone. Buy one !!!

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gibson Firebird

        By Antonio D'Alfonso

        from Montreal

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

        Ah...
        Eventually this guitar had to make into my room. What a wonderful piece of musical invention. I know it is only blues and rock and roll, but I understand why Brian Jones, Johnny Winter, and Ron Wood chose this guitar. Its first striking element is the beauty of shape. Sure, it takes time to appreciate uniqueness of shape in guitars, but once your eyes finally understand its identity, appreciation turns to awe.
        The second characterist is its weight. It is very light. I am not an expert in woods, but the lightness of materials makes this the guitar to play for lengths of time. The creaminess of its warm pick-ups and the rapidity of the neck makes your fingers want to run... and I am far from being a great guitar player. Thank you Gibson.

        (5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awsome

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

        I dont even own this guitar but i have a friend that owns one and it sounds great. Currently saving up.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nothing like it

        By cal

        from Dumont, nj

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

          I knew the guitar before I even bought it. I have a 64 bird also. I can't say enough, if you're a serious player you need to add one to your collection. Excellent sustain and response from the neck thru, The pups scream vintage gibson... there it is, Get One.

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nothing is better

          By revcozombie

          from Omaha, NE

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          Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

          One of the best guitars I have ever owned. I would not trade it for anything. If you are thinking about buying it do it. You wont be disappointed.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My first 'bird

          By Paula

          from Near Toronto

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • A Slice Of History
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • What Setup

          Best Uses

          • Being A Rebel
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

          Firebirds are those iconic products you can't be on the fence about. If you want one, you've probably wanted one all your life.
          I got my first one just a couple of days ago.
          I've owned lots of Gibsons, so I was prepared for the worst on getting it home for a setup.
          On first once over...wow, I got a very even paint job, even polished right to the edges of the fingerboard, rare for Gibson. I noticed the fingerboard was dry as the Sinai. Not unusual. At first glance the frets looked good, reasonably polished. A very good first impression. Action up in the stratosphere, it's hard to call it relief when it can be measures in eighths of an inch. Unplayable. Now to put it on the bench and get to work.
          The fingerboard was beyond dry, and very rough. Four high frets. I gave it a light scraping, two coats of oil, and dealt with the frets. Fine. One and a half hours work.
          All the hardware was loose, and the tailpiece was so high it was tilting in the anchors. I like the tailpiece bolted down, and the strings wrapped around anyway, so no biggy. Fifteen minutes.
          Ready for stringing, and setup. Trussrod was completely loose!! Explains the 'relief' issue.
          Anyway, and hour setup is nothing unusual, and the guitar plays as it should.
          It has to be said...I love Gibsons, they have a magic to them that has lasted for the forty years since I bought my first. Issues, yup, more than any other manufacturer. I have seen Gibby's come out of the box missing parts.
          I love my 'bird. Sounds like no other guitar, bright and fendery, but with an attitude. Mine's light as a feather, but I've picked up a few husky ones. It took two and a half hours to get it to play up to my VERY high standards. By comparison, a few weeks ago I bought a PRS custom 22. Out of the box, and ready to play in the time it takes to change strings.
          Would I recommend a Firebird to friends? If you like them, you already want one.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Greatest Looking Guitar EVER!!

          By SK-W

          from PA

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          Pros

          • Everything

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • ROCKBLUES

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

          I bought my first Firebird I, single p/u in 1972 and have played nothing but Firebirds since then but the occassional Strat or Tele. Have a few 60's and 9 of the reissues in various years since 1990 and my go to guitars are the Firebird VII's with the Vibrola.They started reissuing them around 1990 and I've owned probably 15 of the reissues and have now sold 1/2 of them due to poor quality control at Gibson. I bought them all used but in mint condition. I had one white one that I REALLY liked but over time the neck seemed funky and my guitar tech looked at it and Gibson had not cut the fretboard straight. It was off to a very slight angle to the guitar. I didn't notice this until the neck started moving around and became unplayable so it became a slide guitar then I sold it. I LOVE these guitars but you REALLY have to watch Gibson quality control. PLAY it before you buy it!!! If there are 4 of them sitting there play all 4 and only 1 will be the keeper. The other thing about these is no one else hardly plays them. When I lived in So FL I was the oNLY person who played them and the same thing here in Louisiana. I don't think anyone here even owns one in a 200 mile radius. I love them but be discerning and don't be afraid to send it back to MF if it doesn't feel right. They will ALWAYS be my favorite guitar!!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          No Competition for Gibson Firebird

          By Letzter Geist

          from Olympia, WA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

            I own a 2005, but since I switched out the Kluson tuners with the Steinbergers, it's basically the same guitar as the 2010 model.

            I bought the guitar for 2 reasons. one, in a world dominated by strats and les pauls, it was nice to have a guitar that stands out. in all my playing, i've only ran into one gig with someone who was also playing a firebird. second, it is incredibly versatile. i always tell people that its a perfect mix between a humbucker and single coil sound, which i believe is true. it has the fat and round tone of a humbucker, with the bite, spank, and clarity of a single coil. dial down the tone a few and you can get a more traditional humbucker sound.

            it has always been my dream guitar, and since i've bought it, i always remember why. it's a dream to play, besides for the need for a thorough setup. i have the white, and i'm always getting compliments on the looks and the tone.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice guitar

            By brotherchris

            from Kansas City MO

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

            I have wanted a firebird for over 15 years, I love the guitar, but I wish Gibson would do a little better job on their QC.The paint is great, the pickup had a lose wire. When I pay for a Gibson I expect this thing to be soild for years, just like my 65 SG. I guess times change. I will buy another Gibson, just a little disapointed.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            what happened to gibsom quality control?

            By gw

            from illinois

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

            I've always wanted one of these. Gibson needs to rethink quality or lose their reputation if it hasn't already been compromised based on what I read in other reviews. Set up on this guitar was terrible. Not playable as received. I was able to adjust but will have professionally set up. I think the problems are limited to set up and QC signing off like they checked things when they didn't. I'll keep the guitar because I love it and deal with Gibson if there are other problems after a pro checks it out. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is because I love the sound and believe playability will be great once its set up right.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This thing sings man

            By fretjunkie24

            from Phoenix, AZ

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            Pros

            • Capable
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Loud
            • Solid Electronics
            • Worthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

              Really love this guitar a lot. Currently I'm playing lead and rhythm guitar in a hard rock band. Up until a few weeks ago, I was using a 1985 LP Custom, that is definitely my baby!! However, I really liked the looks of the tobacco burst Bird, so I decided to see how it stacks up. Was it going to be heavy enough? How much did the guitar weigh? Was it going to be capable of percussive rhythms and ripping leads through pentatonic and modal playing? There were quite a few concerns I had before playing this guitar. When I finally found one and played it, the Bird quickly laid all my concerns to rest. The guitar did need a setup when I got it, the action was about a centimeter off the neck so that was ridiculous, but I blame the store who stocked the guitar more than anything for that. Anyway, this guitar is a MONSTER!!! I can play heavy, slamming percussive rhythms on this thing and it just knocks it out!! I've got it running through a Mesa Boogie Triple Rec full stack with two Marshall 4x12s and it is SCREAMING!! Click on my lead boost and throw some chorus and a bit of phaser, this guitar sings beautifully through the high end. It's very articulate through fast ripping pentatonic licks, and very smooth for modal shredding. I usually kick the neck pickup on during solos to fatten up the tone, and this guitar delivers it. Very bluesy, a little muddy/fuzzy, but very clear and bright. This thing plays like a dream. It's kind of big so it takes some getting used to especially after playing the LP, but once you have the feel this guitar will call to you!! Weight wise, it's lighter than the LP, but it's still a good solid chunk of mahogany and has a little heftiness to it, but I like heavy guitars. Definitely heavier than the SG or the V, but not overbearing. The tuners are different, but they're actually pretty cool once you get used to them. No need for a peg winder, just back the back and top off and run the string right through. Tighten it all back up and you're already tuning. Haven't used it for recording yet, but I have absolutely no concerns, I know this axe will deliver!! This guitar comes very highly recommended, it's versatile, comfortable, sounds amazing, and is capable of many styles of play. Word.

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAZING

              By GoodMusicIsRare

              from Shasta Lake, CA

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

              Its a great guitar, It has the sound thats in between a Humbucker and a P90. The Case it came in looks all good, but man is it BIG. Its by far One of the lightest Guitars i own. The Reason the Quality got a 4 is because The first few frets are horrible and it needs a good set up. the Finish was great, but overall this guitar should only cost 1500, but it was still worth EVERY penny at the price.

               
              4.0

              Awesome Guitar but Finish has Flaws

              By Lucky

              from So Cal

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • What A Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2013 Firebird Electric Guitar:

                I love this Guitar. Looks good on! Sounds fantastic! Strum the first Chord & said Wow! This is a serious Rock n Roll Guitar. Later I discovered it does all other Genres equally well.

                My only Nit is the Paint Finish on this Guitar. Paint runs where the Wings attach to Body. I should send it back for a replacement. I'll contact Gibson first & see what they say about it.

                Why did it take me so long to buy one? I've waiting for Gibson to issue one just like Brian Jones. Then this Christmas Special Sale I couldn't pass up!

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