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Open-Box 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar

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Firebird Zero is new for 2017, this stunning Firebird Zero was designed around Gibson's S Series, with rigorous standards of quality and innovation. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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(Open Box) A stripped-down, focused tone machine made in the U.S.A.

Firebird Zero is new for 2017, this stunning Firebird Zero was designed around Gibson's S Series, with rigorous standards of quality and innovation. It is Made in USA, with American craftsmanship that is second to none, featuring superior quality, tone, and playability, and a unique design that will make heads turn.The Firebird Zero features a nitrocellulose finish, with our new Nitro Light Gloss for the body and a Nitro satin finish for the neck. It employs a glued-in neck which is made of one piece of solid maple with a slim taper profile, topped with a one-piece solid rosewood fingerboard. Solid wood for the body and completely new, modern, Made in USA, Double Slug DS-C humbuckers complete the picture for a guitar that delivers the absolute best value out there and amazing quality, tone and playability. 

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Firebird
Body type: Solid Body
Body material: Solid Poplar
Top wood: Solid Poplar
Body wood: Solid Poplar
Body finish: Select finish
Orientation: Right Hand
Neck
Neck shape: Slim Taper
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Set Neck
Scale length: 24.75
Truss rod: Single Action
Neck finish: Select finish
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: Slim Taper
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.695"
Pickups
Configuration: Dual Humbuckers
Neck: Made in USA double slugs DS-C Rhythm
Middle: N/A
Bridge: Made in USA double slugs DS-C Lead
Brand:
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel:
Piezo:
Active EQ:
Special electronics:
Controls
Control layout: 1 tone, 1 volume
Pickup switch: 3-way switch
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Adjustable Wraparound
Bridge design:
Tailpiece:
Tuning machines: Mini-buttons
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6
Special features: None
Case: Gigbag
Accessories: Owners Manual, Truss Rod Wrench
Country of origin: USA

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Gibson2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar
 
3.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

40%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really not bad

I read a lot of bad reviews but found one so cheap I could not pass it up. I have the blackberry finish I see more grain in the wood than a bad finish....Read complete review

I read a lot of bad reviews but found one so cheap I could not pass it up. I have the blackberry finish I see more grain in the wood than a bad finish. Neck is superb. Hardware is ok. The bridge on mine is almost completely lowered but the action is super low. It was actually set up nicely. If there is one thing I had to knit pick about this would be the pick ups. There are way hot almost too hot.

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firebird zero? more like turkey zero

Man, they sure cut a lot of corners to get it this cheap. and it came out CHEAP. I got 2, both the blue and the black one. i returned both.Read complete review

Man, they sure cut a lot of corners to get it this cheap. and it came out CHEAP. I got 2, both the blue and the black one. i returned both.
starting with the frets - not well dressed at all, has a lot of sharp frets that cut my fingers and hand. on both guitars. Then there's the finish. On the blue one, i felt midway up the back some tiny bump. upon closer inspection it was a piece of stringy dirt that's UNDER the clear finish itself. its like they just lacquered it then sent it on its merry way. The black one was worse - the neck was ok, but on the top bout, there were these 2 gashes that i thought were due to mishandling, but again, it's UNDER the black finish. They didnt even check for it, just straight up sprayed over it and done nothing else.
Then there's the hardware. the bridge has a cheapo chrome bridge, though adjustable for intonation, still felt cheap. Same with the tuners, which holds themselves ok (all tuners dont hold in tune unless you have a locking mechanism), but looks cheaper than gotoh tuners.
The pickups were decent, runs more on the hot side, easily gets a good tone from my AC30 with the blue alnico speakers and a Marshall DSL40C with a creamback on it. Gets crunchy, and leads aren't a slouch either. For a hotter sounding pickup, its actually quite bright sounding.
It's very light, the poplar had a lot to do with it, and the fact that it's cut thin. almost like an SG, but with less meatiness. This is great for playing long gigs.
I guess if you put in some time to dress the frets right, replace the bridge, maybe even rip out the stock pickups for much better alternatives (whatever tone suits your tastes better), this firebird zero can be a great guitar. But that pushes it up to more costs, which defeats the purpose of getting it for the price alone.
I give it one star for the pickups which has some potential in my humble opinion.
But all its flaws makes me embarrassed to call it Made In The USA.

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(16 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

firebird zero? more like turkey zero

By chosenfool

from Philadelphia, PA

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Pros

  • bright tone
  • lightweight

Cons

  • bad fretwork
  • lots of finish flaws
  • very poor quality

Best Uses

  • hit yourself over the head for buying it
  • hit your terrible bandmates with
  • when youre up the creek without a paddle

Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

Man, they sure cut a lot of corners to get it this cheap. and it came out CHEAP. I got 2, both the blue and the black one. i returned both.
starting with the frets - not well dressed at all, has a lot of sharp frets that cut my fingers and hand. on both guitars. Then there's the finish. On the blue one, i felt midway up the back some tiny bump. upon closer inspection it was a piece of stringy dirt that's UNDER the clear finish itself. its like they just lacquered it then sent it on its merry way. The black one was worse - the neck was ok, but on the top bout, there were these 2 gashes that i thought were due to mishandling, but again, it's UNDER the black finish. They didnt even check for it, just straight up sprayed over it and done nothing else.
Then there's the hardware. the bridge has a cheapo chrome bridge, though adjustable for intonation, still felt cheap. Same with the tuners, which holds themselves ok (all tuners dont hold in tune unless you have a locking mechanism), but looks cheaper than gotoh tuners.
The pickups were decent, runs more on the hot side, easily gets a good tone from my AC30 with the blue alnico speakers and a Marshall DSL40C with a creamback on it. Gets crunchy, and leads aren't a slouch either. For a hotter sounding pickup, its actually quite bright sounding.
It's very light, the poplar had a lot to do with it, and the fact that it's cut thin. almost like an SG, but with less meatiness. This is great for playing long gigs.
I guess if you put in some time to dress the frets right, replace the bridge, maybe even rip out the stock pickups for much better alternatives (whatever tone suits your tastes better), this firebird zero can be a great guitar. But that pushes it up to more costs, which defeats the purpose of getting it for the price alone.
I give it one star for the pickups which has some potential in my humble opinion.
But all its flaws makes me embarrassed to call it Made In The USA.

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  • No

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Do not waste time/money on this

By Ben jam in

from Erie, pa

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Pros

    Cons

    • cheap hardware
    • poor playability
    • poor quality

    Best Uses

    • wall hanger

    Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

    I was excited about a Gibson at this price point so I figured I would give it a shot. First, the wrong color was sent despite the box being marked for the correct color. The finish was poor and had many marks around the heel. The neck pickup did not work at first. Had to move the switch many times before it began to cut in and out, eventually stayed on. The balance of this guitar is odd. The body weighs nothing, then neck is a brick. Fret work was ok. The action was high. The tuners were ok. The bridge was a poor design. Yes it said Gibson on the head stock but felt like i was holding a first act guitar from toys r us. It sounds ok, but after 15 minutes of trying to get it to hold a tune, I placed it back in the box and sent in for a refund. If you want this guitar, get an Epiphone at this price. You wont have GIbson on your headstock, but your ear and comfort while playing will thank you.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Disappointed

    By Ben jam in

    from Erie, pa

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Cheap
      • Poor finish
      • Switch cuts out

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

        Black (white pick guard) was in the box but the box was marked for the color I ordered which was blackberry (dark pick guard). Wax all over the pickup's with messy tape job. Scratches on finish like buckle rash. Bridge pickup was cutting in and out. Doesn't play like a Gibson. Sounds OK, not great but not horrible. Neck weighs twice the body so you have to hold it up in right hand. Gig bag was respectable so I gave it 1 star. I will review again once I get the blackberry I ordered. This looks to be a Gibson error on the box label. Not sure I'll be keeping this guitar

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Inexpensive but Limited

        By Scott

        from Philadelphia

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        Pros

        • Light weight. Made in USA.

        Cons

        • Poor set up

        Best Uses

        • Practice

        Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

        This is a simple guitar. It doesn't do very much but I mean that as a compliment. I was intrigued to get a Made in the USA, double hum bucker Gibson for such an inexpensive price. It's nice enough but the corners that had to be cut show and I don't how to put this exactly but the Poplar body just doesn't feel right. As seems to always be the case with my MF purchases the guitar was basically unplayable out of the box so it needed a set up. Don't get me wrong, I still like it for the price but I wouldn't get another one.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        spend extra and get a real firebird

        By vinnielimo

        from NJ

        Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

        received guitar couple days ago.First of all the worst paint job, look like some one painted it in there garage
        with a can of rustoleum the whole body had orange peel finish.cheap bridge action way to high and pups were kind of muddy.The maple neck was the best part of this guitar thin with a really nice feel.returned the guitar not worth xxx for xxx I would of kept it

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a cult classic

        By wine red karl

        from barre, vermont

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        Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

        got my blackberry today. overall nice everything but a bit of a quality cut with the chinese hardware. American made neck, body, nut and strings and pickups but the rest is import. still a great value. sound wise it will be a cult classic. I put on a compensated wrap around bridge in place of the stock one.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My husband loves this guitar

        By Stacey

        from Azle Texas

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

        I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. Before he received it, he was listening to all the reviews on YouTube, and they were all bad. I got really worried that the guitar I had bought him was junk. When he received the guitar, he tuned it up and started playing. It has been 2 weeks and he won't put it down. He even made a YouTube video explaining how much he loves this guitar. So, if you are thinking of buying one, dont listen to all the YouTube videos out there, because you might miss out on something wonderful just because of some other peoples opinions.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really not bad

        By Ciao

        from Indiana

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

          I read a lot of bad reviews but found one so cheap I could not pass it up. I have the blackberry finish I see more grain in the wood than a bad finish. Neck is superb. Hardware is ok. The bridge on mine is almost completely lowered but the action is super low. It was actually set up nicely. If there is one thing I had to knit pick about this would be the pick ups. There are way hot almost too hot.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          it's ok....not perfect...

          By Big Rich

          from MTH, FLA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

          the cheapest Gibson is just that.....cheep....low quality parts, thin body....bad setup sharp fret ends...but if you do a decent setup it's ok....good for fooling around...price is alittle high for the quality...

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          inaccurate reviews

          By the realist

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

            I've read a LOT of negative reviews about these guitars.. fortunately, I decided to try it for myself. The ONLY way you will not enjoy this guitar is if you are expecting an expensive customshop instrument. There are obviously differences between a customshop guitar and a budget model, but NONE of the things I've read about these are accurate. It's a well constructed American made guitar.. quartersawn maple neck, poplar body, rosewood fingerboard. The bridge adjusts and intonates perfectly, the electronics and pickups work well and sound decent. There are NO corners cut on these guitars.. they are designed to be inexpensive to meet a price point and do this perfectly. If you are expecting a vintage holy grail instrument with all of the bells and whistles you will be disappointed (and probably aren't very clever). If you are expecting a decent instrument on a budget, you will be very pleasantly surprised.. I have MANY Gibsons that run the gammut from vintage to customshop reissues to floyd rose equipped Les Paul Axcess and I am very satisfied with this guitar. I recommend treating yourself and buying one, they are a joy to play.

             
            5.0

            Awesome Guitar!!

            By ronzhd

            from TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Do yourself a favor and actually play his guitar
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Nitro finish looked unfinished, rough.

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

            I read all the "hate" on these guitars and finally went and played one. Bought a used one off Reverb.
            No issues with bridge, great intonation, great action, fit at neck joint was solid. The lug pups surprised me. Was gonna switch out some "Pearly Gates", now I'm gonna wait and see. So far spent three hours playing through stock Fender Tweed BJr., a MXR delay and an OCD. Really impressed with the guitar, despite all the negative I had read. The only thing I see that was accurate in the negative column, the paint finish. Nitro but looks rough, doesn't really bother me though. I have a USA strat with nitro finish, it doesn't take long to "road wear", but hey, that's cool. I'm a gigging player, but don't earn my living this way, unfortunately....

            (0 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great guitar

            By Jim the Runner

            from San jose

            Comments about Gibson 2017 Firebird Zero Electric Guitar:

            Great

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