Gibson Firebird Studio Reverse '70s Tribute (Satin Vintage Sunburst) Reviews
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from United States
November 16, 2012Music Background:
A dream come true...For the longest time, the Gibson Firebird was my dream guitar...but I wasn't going to pay a Firebird price...
Now I have my Firebird, and it exceeds all expectations. Initially, I though the bigger neck was going to be a problem, having small hands and all, but once I got used to it, it was great...gives me a work out, and it is a very fast neck. The thing is, it is such a quality guitar, I felt I was playing an older, vintage instrument...it has that lived in feel. I know, weird. But it's true. Also one of the most comfortable guitars I have ever played, sitting or standing. For it's size, it's a super-light guitar. (Although, after playing my FB, picking up my Parker is almost like playing a mandolin) An amazing acheivement for an American company to sell such a fine guitar for such a fair price. Thanks, Sweetwater for you superb service. The candy is a nice touch!
from Nashville PA
September 10, 2012Music Background:
Great GutiarWow, what an amazing Guitar.
Here's the low down on this American Made bad boy.
1. The Baked Maple fingerboard is nothing to fear. It plays just as good as any Rosewood Fingerboard I've played. Most importantly, it sounds great. It still sounds warm like Rosewood, but it has a little more "Bite". If no one told you it was baked maple you'd likely never know it wasn't rosewood.
2. The Mini-Buckers. These sound NOTHING like the old Gibson Mini Buckers. These sound like a full size humbucker when playing your amp in overdrive. The pickups are plenty hot for soaring rock solos, pinch harmonics and overdriven feedback sounds. Roll back the gain and you get great classic rock sounds and grtitty blues tones.
Clean is where these pickups sound different from standard humbuckers. They still sound fantastic, but they lack the mids (Whcih can be a good thing) that the fullsize humbuckers have. The sound is full and rich with a touch of chime on the top and growl on the bottom.
This guitar can do it all, the cleanest of ballads to the hardest of rock. It will do the job. I've even played a smooth jazz show with this guitar.
3. The Neck - This is no skinny mini,(Not to Fat Either, if that's possible) and thats a goood thing. Alot of a guitar's tone comes from the neck, and a fat neck makes better tone. Most cheapy guitars have skinny necks that are geared to newbies. DON'T Fear the Fat Neck, Love it and embrace it.
The Neck reminds me of the Les Paul Studio neck or the Gibson Sg standard neck. Its very comfortable and easy to play all night long.
4. The Gig Bag. Get a Hardshell case asap! The gig bag is a broken guitar waiting to happen.
5. Finish - The fadded Nitro finish on mine looks great, but even after one gig the finish was worn off ddown to the wood were by strap rest near the Bridge Strap Button. The Fadded guitars finish will wear ALOT fast than a standard nitro Finish, so if you play alot and don't like the Relic look, keep that in mind. Nitro is still 1000 times better than the poly (Plastic) finishes other guitar makers use.
6. Set up - At the price you pay for this guitar, or any guitar for that matter you should still always expect to have to set it up. However my only gripe on this guiitar was that mine came with the string guides cut into the nut way to shallow. The strings would bind and the guitar was very hard to keep / get in tune. after a pro setup, it plays like butter and stays in tune fine.
Bottom line, Get this guitar, you won't regret it. Gibson is a great company who keeps alot of Americans working and musicians playing.
Hats of to the Craftsmen at Gibson Guitar.
from staten island, new york
September 5, 2012Music Background:
singer/ songwriter,peformer, & guitarist
firebird, is what it is,!!!!!!!!!!!This guitar Smokes,!!!!!!!!!! looks great,plays well,sounds great, the fact that is such a strange looking guitar,Futuristic, primative,??? It is Way Rad, no matter, I really am into it, price works,nothing but GOOD,!!
from Old Orchard Beach, ME
August 6, 2012Music Background:
Awesome GuitarThis guitar really surprised me - I've always wanted a Firebird, but never wanted to get into one for the price. This came along and seemed like a good alternative, but I kept a fair level of skepticism just in case. Its fantastic! Finish is very nice, great thick neck. Tuner setup works, but will take a while to get used to - the balance is superb, much better than a regular Firebird (there isn't 50lbs of metal on the headstock anymore). The minihums are a little more aggressive than I expected - almost more like a regular humbucker. But I still have to play around with them more. Either way, they sound very good. And definitely buy from Sweetwater - excellent customer service. They even sent along a music magazine, catalogue, information and a bag of candy. What beats a Firebird, smarties and tootsie rolls? Nothing.
from Douglas, Alaska USA
September 1, 2012Music Background:
Vintage VibeI have to start by saying that I've been a life long Fender Strat player, and I currently own three Strats that I play regularly. I've owned a few Les Pauls over the years (as well as other brands), one being a nice blond Les Paul with mini humbuckers, and I wanted to round out my tonal arsenal with a similar sounding Gibson.
I saw one of these Firebird Studio Reverse guitars and I was immediately attracted to the vintage vibe of its looks. I read a few reviews, all being positive, so I took the plunge and purchased one from Sweetwater.
This guitar is everything I expected it to be, and it's been a true joy to play. I changed the strings to ones of my preference, then straightened the neck (the truss rod was completely slack when I received it), and after tweaking the action a little bit I found this guitar to play beautifully! The Mortise & Tenon neck joint and thin body allows you to access the upper frets with ease, much better access than most bolt on neck setups, and the 12" neck radius allows you to achieve low action and extreme string bending with no fretting out. The guitar tunes well and seems to be very stable, staying in tune through some rigorous playing.
The mini humbuckers are hot! You can get some gorgeous blues tones out of this guitar, as well as some kick a** classic and modern rock tones.
The finish isn't as durable as I'd like it to be, but take care of this guitar and I'm sure it'll give you years of playing pleasure.
All in all I'm thrilled with the tone, playability, and looks of this guitar, and my hat's off to Gibson for offering up this fine instrument at a reasonable price. Seriously, I'd like to shake the hands of the folks at Gibson who had the vision for the release of this affordable and captivating guitar.
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Baked Maple Fingerboard, Two Mini-humbucking Pickups, and Gig Bag - Satin Vintage Sunburst