I have owned 5 or 6 Firebrand Deluxes...all had the Tim Shaw P.A.F recreation pickup sets. The Velvet brick is easy to distiguish as it has no hole in the top of the bobbin.the Deluxe had the Velvet Brick in the bridge (the highest output Gibson humbucker ever)...Dirty Fingers Tim Shaw designed pickup and the Velvet Brick was a Bill Lawrence pickup... prior to the PAF Tim Shaws. The pickup type changed without notice and with availability.
The T-Tops are different than my other Les Paul’s. Definitely grittier and ‘70s sound. Just reminds of old ZZ Top.Congratulations again on the guitar! Interesting how distinctive those t tops sound right? They seem like they would incredible for punching through a mix without being ice picky or muddy in the low end.
Kinda looks like a Joan Jett Melody Maker...... it's fugly, but i bet it sounds awesome.One of these showed up at Long & McQuade for about $1200 US.
1980 Gibson Firebrand 335S Standard - Natural
Solid maple with '57 Classics
I think it's ugly