Zebrawood/Mahogany Firebird

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  1. Mayuiers

    Mayuiers V.I.P. Member

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    We just finished putting the final touches on a Firebird build.

    The guitar was completed using a Zebrawood top with a Mahogany back. The center core of the body was built first and the wings were tapered then added before the cavities were routed.

    The pickups are GFS humbucker sized P90s. The neck is 25" scale.

    It plays and sounds beautifully. Tons of sustain and plenty of tonal variance.

    Unfortunately, the pics do not do the guitar justice.




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  2. AndrewLP1081996

    AndrewLP1081996 Senior Member

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    Looks awesome. I love firebirds. I think I see one in my list of future builds
     
  3. FF_Pedals

    FF_Pedals Senior Member

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    The outdoors picture looks the best. Great build!
     
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    I wouldn't have thought of zebrawood with the mahogany, but it looks cool. Did you do anything to make the zebrawood grain stand out like that?

    This is a really nice build, but you have to know that a 4 or 5 string bass just like it is the next thing, right?
     
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    :wow::wow: that is a looker! Why doesn't anyone ever post the actual build thread for these things?! Anyway awesome axe man...how do the GFS pups sound?
     
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    You're right. My friend and I should have taken (and posted) pics of the guitar as it was being built. Sorry.

    The GFS P-90 style pickups sound good. Like most P-90s they react immediately and noticably to small adjustments with the volume and tone controls. The Zebrawood and the ebony fretboard combine to give the guitar quite a bit of "bite" and snap. The "bite" jumps out the moment you begin to play aggressively. If you lay off with your pick attack the P-90s calm down and allow you to enjoy a thick "smoky" jazz type of sound.

    The body was treated with a few coats of Waterlox. No stain was needed. The grain really "pops" with Waterlox. As I mentioned earlier, the pics definitely do not show the guitar in the best light. In person it's a real eye-catcher.
     
  8. Guitardad47

    Guitardad47 Senior Member

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    Beautiful Firebird, great build!
     

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