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Unread 07-29-2010, 06:04 AM   #91 (permalink)
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gonna fix the headstock on my bird. I miss playing it!
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Unread 08-05-2010, 02:58 PM   #92 (permalink)
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P-90 and a Les Paul mini are the winning combination for me







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They are beautiful. I have to add one to my collection.
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Yaaa, Alvin is here!!



New Banshee's (birds) in the works.
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I've wanted a non reverse Firebird 1 for the last 35 years!!! I've never seen one here in Australia. Maybe Gibson will reissue it someday?
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I've been picking on a different kind of 'bird tonight.....

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I am quite the fan of Firebirds.

My first electric guitar when I was 19, I bought from the used classifieds and was a mid-90s black Epi Firebird III, dot inlays, bolt on neck. It was my main axe for 5+ years as other guitars came and went. I had temporary insanity in 2004 and sold it in some stupid existential "attachment to goods leads to suffering, it's only a THING" thought and got an Epi Dot (that was also my main axe for 5 years). I would do ANYthing to have that specific guitar back. I even have the serial number written down. The body/neck were cracking at the joint and it had all kinds of battle scars. Before I used strap locks, one days the heavy headstock pulled the strap loose and the headstock slammed to the ground and completely snapped off one tuner peg and bent two others. I just started at the ground and almost started crying. Thankfully it was only at home. My bro and me were jamming and just started at each in stunned silence for minutes.

I now own a 2007 Epiphone Firebird V Custom Shop Limited Edition - set neck, grovers, trapezoids. Apparently they only made around 220 and were only sold in Belgium, Germany, Australia and New Zealand by special order. Hard to find info on them. I had to buy one (still new!) from New Zealand and paid 400 in shipping and customs! I have since replaced the truss rod cover and pickgaurd since this pic with stainless steel ones, very slick, a highly recommended mod.

http://homepage.mac.com/joedury/bird.jpg
I have exactly the same FIREBIRD-model! Serial-# U07081647. Hard to find! I replaced the caps with Orange Drops, mounted a Duesenberg ABR-I bridge w. steel-saddles & Faber alu-STP, installed an original Gibson Firebird pickguard, 3-ply, aged, and replaced the knobs w. golden refectorheads. My tuners are Kluson alu locking-machines. The hardware is completely aged nickel now incl. screws, pointers, nuts & washers except the alu-tuners, wich are aged too.





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Tryed my first Gibson Firebird today
At first it was very unusual to play it sitting down. I felt like a midget Although im 182cm (about 6ft) tall. So I tried it with a strap, it was pretty comfortable.And it sounded damn good....
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You just might be hooked

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Yaaa, Alvin is here!!

http://www.pbase.com/dkauer744/image/126974286.jpg

New Banshee's (birds) in the works.
Dammit, Doug, why'd you have to go and do that?!!!

Any chance I can just whore myself to pay for one?
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The only guy I've ever seen play a Firebird upside down - of course being a lefty you probably don't have a lot of options. I believe that is a '67.
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Actually that doesn't look too uncomfortable. Upper fret access is a bit easier like that I think.
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Actually that doesn't look too uncomfortable. Upper fret access is a bit easier like that I think.
To me I've never been a fan of how the Firebirds look "right side up," but upside down looks like the way Gibson should of made them from the start. Just my opinion though.

It is a hell of a mean sounding guitar, just has that rip roaring "punchiness" and sounds killer. Do a search on Youtube for the band Trampled Under Foot and there should be plenty of good videos out there.
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Tryed my first Gibson Firebird today
At first it was very unusual to play it sitting down. I felt like a midget Although im 182cm (about 6ft) tall. So I tried it with a strap, it was pretty comfortable.And it sounded damn good....
Once you get used to your picking arm being skewed a little closer towards the nut than say an LP or SG I find them to be just about THE most comfortable guitar to sit and play.

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Dammit, Doug, why'd you have to go and do that?!!!

Any chance I can just whore myself to pay for one?
LOL... Theresa HAS been feeling lonely lately

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Actually that doesn't look too uncomfortable. Upper fret access is a bit easier like that I think.
It'll be exactly the same. Thats the beauty of a 'Bird, the access is honestly perfect and symmetrical on both sides of the fretboard right there.
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Unread 08-14-2010, 01:02 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Just swapped my pups last night for some Duncan Anti's and put on a Light wt TP. After 8 years of having a 91 bird the guitar went from having rather bland generic tone to sounding like a real old bird( maybe not side by side but damm close) It's stunnig how much the high output ceramic pup hold back this guitar. The presence pop snap and overtones have just sprung forth, never heard a guitar alter so much from 2 simple mods
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Here is a pic of my '90 Firebird. She has been enjoyed every day.
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The only guy I've ever seen play a Firebird upside down - of course being a lefty you probably don't have a lot of options. I believe that is a '67.
Paul McCartney played his like that as well...
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My 2010 made just before the flood Gibson Firebird V the star of my modest collection



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Here's one I forgot I even had until I saw this thread.

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Here is my baby. epiphone but hey it sounds great.

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Bird freaks- are all F'birds slim necked? Every one Ive played has been. Are there any about with a chunkier neck?
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Bird freaks- are all F'birds slim necked? Every one Ive played has been. Are there any about with a chunkier neck?
The '76 reissues have huge necks. They are quite neck heavy too.
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Bird freaks- are all F'birds slim necked? Every one Ive played has been. Are there any about with a chunkier neck?
I have a '64 Model I with a pretty chunky neck.
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I have a '64 Model I with a pretty chunky neck.
This is it.
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Is it my eyesight or do you have the strings...well, wrapped around the wraparound?

Beautiful old guitar by the way.
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Me playing my '63 Rev. VII through my Selmer Zodiac Twin 30. This guitar i s a funk machine, particularly in the middle position.

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Not the builder you were thinking, but all that and a bowl chili on top....






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My old Hamer "Reverse Bird" (an '85 made before the "FB" model name).
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