For years I've had a love/hate relationship with Joe Bonamassa, I love his music but hate the constant stream of signature models either Epi or Gibson - that being said I have a minor problem with any Les Paul (insert artist name here), They are already a signature model - Their LES PAUL'S model. Anyway Rant over. When I was growing up my dad had a 1965 Firebird 1 and this was the guitar I strummed as a infant (the guitar vanished between his death and the sorting out of the will - don't you love extended families). over the years I've had a couple of firebirds but they weren't keepers. So when I saw the ads for the Joe Bonamassa Firebird I was mildly interested (at least it wasn't another LP), only problem I couldn't find one to try out so decided against it. This week I came into some unexpected money and decided what the hell, I could always sell it on. So I ordered a sunburst one from Anderton's Music yesterday and it arrived 9.30am this morning. What can I say about this guitar - Oh hell Yeah. Straight out of the box the guitar was virtually perfect. The good points = Spot on reverse firebird body Correct thru neck construction The finish on mine is flawless Nice chunky neck almost spot on for gibson late fifities carve 22.3mm 1st fret 25.2mm 12th fret Perfectly level frets - with a action 1mm treble side, 1.25mm bass side @12th fret perfect intonation @ 12th fret Correct Banjo style Machineheads (Gibson don't use these anymore) Correct Alnico Mini Humbucker (Gibson use ceramic magnets in their pickups) The minor points = Fingerboard a little dry I will change the capacitor out for a better one, the rest of the wiring though a little messy works perfectly. The bad points = On mine nothing. On a personal note I will get a new pickguard made for this in parchment without the bird logo - original 64 firebird 1's didn't have the bird. I am so impressed with this guitar that it will be going with me to a gig I have tonight - I usually take my 2013 Gibson LP traditional plus my PRS SE Bernie Marsden. Tonight the lineup will be PRS SE Bernie Marsden & Epi JB Firebird 1. Now the all important picture will report back after the gig.