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Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar

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The Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar features classic offset body styling and neck-through-body design for increased sustain and solid attack. The b...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Gibson hardshell case
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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

Review

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

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

If you try one you will buy one

By gumby-m9hEi

from canada

I have a firebird V and a custom shop VII. The feel of quality is something you will have a hard time finding in any other axe. It has a sound of its own that is unique and very versatile. It is a guitar players guitar!!!!

 
4.0

A very odd bird

By Hamish5178

from Delaware

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I used to own one of these guitars, and had a very hard time connecting with it. It sounded great, and I think it's a great value being that you get neck thru construction for way less than a LP Standard. But I had several issues that made me not enjoy playing it:The neck heaviness is unbearable, I play an SG now, and I can easily take my hands off it without it going anywhere, the firebird dove to the floor every time, and due to the long neck, would occasionally hit the floor. Even with a suede strap, the guitar doesn't move, but you feel constant pressure pulling forward on your shoulder.The radius of the fretboard was much smaller than any guitar I've played (IE there was a dramatic curve to it) which made soloing, bends, and any sort of moderately fast playing VERY difficult.Last but not least these Banjo Tuners are just lame, no matter how much they were adjusted they never kept tune well (even with perfect stringing) and some were very loose and others very tight.A great sounding guitar, I love mini-humbuckers, but make sure you play it A LOT before you buy, and be aware that in the case this guitar is huge and heavy.

 
5.0

At long last

By Chas

from Cedar City, Ut

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I played with a lot of guitars through various amps for a long time before deciding on the Firebird V. Price was an issue so shopping for something special was paramount. After playing a Firebird it became a matter of taking the plunge. Right out of the box a few little flaws but no biggie; a couple tuner screws needed tightening and the neck pickup was loose. Other than that, no regrets. I play rock and blues and I love a guitar that feels when you hold it like it

 
4.0

Tasty Bird

By Birdbrain

from New York

I own one of these Birds in white, very eye catching guitar. I play Firebirds almost exclusively, by far my favorite guitars; I own a flock of them of all styles and ages, reverse and non reverse and due to my devotion to them over many years have become an expert on all things Firebird. That being said lets get on with the subject at hand, the new Firebird V. First off, the neck: Gibson reissued the Firebird V in 1990, and have made them ever since, but the necks have changed radically from then to now. 90s necks were fuller and rounder with a somewhat curved fingerboard and small, low frets. The Firebirds of the last few years have thin necks, a wide, flat radius fingerboard, and large frets. The ORIGINAL Firebirds of the early 60s had fuller necks than any reissues since EXCEPT for the Historic Firebirds, which tend to have necks that are TOO fat! If you are still with me, the new Firebirds have necks COMPLETELY different from vintage Birds. Try before you buy, if you like it thats all that matters. I found I had to tinker with the setup (truss rod and intonation) to get the best out of this Bird, which was disappointing although mine may not have been typical. That said, after breaking it in I am happy with it as it sounds very good, the neck pickup especially sounding sweet, holding its own against elderly Firebirds surprisingly well. The fingerboard is wider than older Firebirds but is easy to get used to. Firebirds are different animals than most other guitars because the neck is much further out, to some this is awkward but there is an advantage to this as playing lead lines up the neck is much more comfortable than say a Les Paul or SG because your hand is not pulled into your ribs on the high frets. To me this is crucial. I have played all kinds of guitars over many years in combat conditions and with a Firebird I am in the zone. They come alive with a GOOD tube amp, solid state or a budget tube amp, fuggedaboudit! (This is true for ALL Gibsons) Firebirds are guitars you have to wrestle into submission. If you have the desire you will be richly rewarded as in my opinion at least, a well-played, well amped Firebird is unbeatable!

 
5.0

fgibson firebird rocks

By Lightning boy

from lincoln,ne

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this guitar kickass and I really like the looks as well as the way it plays very nice and nice sound and I demo one and i want one.

 
5.0

wow

By the sun

from in the sky

This guitar screams if you want then role of the volume a little and you get thick bluesy tonesThis guitar is jest amazing the craftsmanship was perfect the finish was flawless it will be my next guitar

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

never meet your hero

By birdman-5UhXR

from upstate new york

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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.

 
5.0

Everything from Country to Speed metal!

By gunsngibson

from Manitoba

I was a little skeptical on the mini humbuckers at first...but you know what? They are amazing!! This is Such a versatile guitar, it has so much going for it...if people would stop wanting to get les pauls so much, the firebird would be on the top (nothing at all wrong with lps). The neck is great, the tone is over whelming, the looks are sexy, the feel is awesome, however the it is neck heavy, and you gotta be careful in what kinda room you put it in, with the humidity, if your neck warps your whole guitar will warp, so just be careful, summuary, amazing guitar go get one!

 
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!!

 
5.0

Best Gibson Solidbody

By GuitarDoc

from Calif.

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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).

 
5.0

Gibsons finest

By fleshink

from Massachusetts

Sleek look and design the only "true" neck through design. You can get any sound you want with this one extremely versitile. Best guitar I have ever owned!

 
5.0

plays and sounds fantastic.

By JT

from Coral Springs, FL

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This is the Clapton sound from Goodbye Cream, and the Allen Collins sound from freebird (I saw him play it after release of the pronounced album)The first one I received had a broken neck. The case is suspect. It doesn't keep the body from moving up and down while the headstock is locked in place

 
5.0

great guitar

By jc-5mQD7

from florence sc

I own several guitars including a les paul and this thing is amazing it has a brighter tone than the paul but still has low end crunch. and the quality hey it`s a Gibson!!

 
5.0

Firebird

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

About a year ago I purchased an older epi firebird that had been rewired and had a gibson/ibanez pickup setup and a steinberger floating tremelo. Just from the way the guitar looked and felt in my hands, I fell in love with it. When I plugged it in, it sounded very good. I also own a Gibson SG, and compared to the SG's switch's middle position, I think the Firebird blends the two pickups way better. I gave it a 9 on features because it does not have the upper fret reach of a strat or an SG. Personally, I'm a bit tall and have long arms, so this is no problem for me, but for smaller people, you may find this guitar quite heavy, and the neck heavier and farther away than other guitars. Overall, the firebird is a great guitar.

 
5.0

This guitar kicks ass!

By Fleshink Tattoo

from Haverhill, MA

I've been playing for over 20 years and the Firebird is simply the best guitar I've ever played. The tones you get from the mini humbuckers are amazing. Good for ALL styles of music this is the best overall guitar I've ever had the privlage to own!

 
5.0

The Bird

By Mr. X

from not Mohawk, NY

Wow...amazing one of a kind sound, in my opinion the mini humbuckers give it a sound as thick and full as a Les Paul and at the same time as clear and bright as a Start. I play mainly thru a fender bassman head with a 2x12 fender cab with an ehx big muff when necessary and the sound quality I get with this rig is unmatched by my les paul or tele. sounds best with .10 strings, mine came with .09's that sound a bit thin. if you have the means I recommend picking one up. everyone has the same tired-ass les paul, pick up a firebird.

 
5.0

Gibson Firebird

By iLIKEbaSS-f2B_e

from Shawnee, KS

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I am a guitar player of three years, and I don't claim to be an expert on guitars. But I know what I like, and I like this. I recently took a trip to Guitar Center, and was browsing guitars, when I picked up this one. I immediately was struck by the feel of the neck, which was very smooth, and the quality of the finish (a classic white finish). It was beautiful, and looks amazing in person. I plugged that sucler into a marshall stack and let loose. My styles include indie rock, classic rock, blues, and jazz, and this could play all of them. The overdrive could go from a smooth blues growl to a howlin zeppelin-esque tone. It had a great smooth clean tone as well.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alan Say's

By Alan From Mississippi

from Meridian,Ms (Home of Peavey)

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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

 
5.0

Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa!!

By RockinRocky

from Rockville, MD.

I had an origanal '63 Firebird I stolen from me, and I never found a guitar that played as well, until I bought this V. It's not as great as the one I had before, but it's right up there! It's got the tone, the vibe, and the looks that say 'heavy blues, baby!'. Like playing butta! About the only bad thing I could say about it is, as with all Firebird's, it's neck-heavy, but all the good points out weight that! I would recommend any guitarist who hasn't played one to do so!

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