Bout time! I thoroughly enjoyed this project, it took a lot of research and effort but I finally got both of them finished enough to take some pics and call it completed. Learned a lot about Allen's guitars along the way, how they were setup, I couldn't begin to afford one of the Allen Collins Explorer reissues but this one is fitted out very close to what Allen used, even closer than the mega-bucks Gibson reissue with the pickups and the Hopf tremolo arm. The Firebird I is very close as well with the neck pickup set back from the end of the fingerboard like his was, and the ultra hard to find Hopf knifedge tremolo, the same exact model tremolo that Allen used on his main Firebird. Although he used a chrome or nickel covered P-90 in the bridge, I fabricated bobbins and wound a humbucker that fits in the firebird cover that sounds very close to what that guitar sounded like live. The neck pickup is wound with 42ga plain enamel like the Epiphone mini humbucker in the neck of Allen's main guitar, so the tone is very close to that guitar and not really a Firebird tone at all. That's how Allen liked his main Firebird, and that's the aim of this project.