While looking through Gibson's current line of advertised guitars I couldn't help notice that the 2016 Firebird T seemed like a great deal. And at the sale price of $1099.oo it is even more affordable than most used Firebirds out there for resale right now. (Non Faded Models excluded of course) They certainly are an exceptionally beautiful guitar. So, being a Firebird is one of the only models I don't have & someday want to have, I had to check these babies out a bit closer. Upon doing so I noted several things of interest. First & foremost was finding out that the once eliminated fret 'Nibs' seemingly & surprisingly are back on this 2016 model T Firebird!!! Well, although it is really hard to define what is going on with the Firebird pics, I do not see metal fret ends being finished like the 2014-15 models that clipped the tang & allowed the actual metal fret end to protrude over the binding (aka: No Nibs). So, onward I went to the 2016 SG Standard T for a different look, comparison & added perspective.. Oh it's getting clearer now. How'bout another angle?? Yep, dems is Nibs boys! I couldn't believe my eyes! Gibson had just come around to identifying the playing issue that Nibs proposed to players & had officially eliminated Nibs in 2014 with much tooting of their elitist horns & proclamation of their improved fret finishing technique. So WTF happened & WTF is going on here? Does this ring true with the rest of the 2016 models?? I had to find out! As some already know, I've had a personal issue & complaint with the 'Nib' fret ends rendering some otherwise wonderful & expensive Gibson guitars undesirable & frustrating because my playing style often incorporates high E string pull-offs & a wide finger vibrato that rolls the E string over the joint where metal fret meets plastic nib which both creates an audible sound, a noticeable notched clicking feel &, because plastic wears away faster than metal, an ever widening gap between the fret end & plastic Nib that only makes these complaints worse over time! And now here these Nibs show up again & make a new Gibson 2016 Firebird T a now un-wanted, un-buyable product for me after my hopes & desires just soared with excitement?? AAAARRrrrr Crash!!! Well fv$k me dead man! OK, Ok. I'm composed.(sorta) Enough singin da blues over the Firebird. What's the deal with the rest of the 2016 guitars with binding? Here's what I found out so far. The 2016 models with the 'T' designation, which by the way stands for 'Traditional', are seemingly the only official models being identified as 2016 models that have binding & consequently the 'Nibs" in question. These 2016 T models (non faded / satin models with binding) come in the following models, (listed by price low to high). 2016 Firebird T, 2016 SG Special T, 2016 SG Standard T, 2016 SG Standard with P90 T, 2016 Flying V Pro T, 2016 Les Paul Traditional premium finish T, 2016 Les Paul Standard T. I checked every 2016 Gibson that had binding & they were all the same when it came to the use of wide binding & plastic Nibs that met the fret end & continued the fret plane to its end. Here are some up close 'n personal binding shots of a couple of these 2016 T models. 2016 SG Standard with P90 T, NIBS !!! How about something non SG like a 2016 Flyin V 'T' ? NIBS & more nibs! Lets just skip to the pricey 2016 Lesp Paul Traditional Premium finish T. Holy $2300 for Nibs Batman! Just for visual reference, here is a 2015 Gibson factory standard fret finish. [Although the above pic is from a currently for sale leftover 2015 Les Paul Classic, the look & finish is an accurate representation of how frets with bound necks were being done on all the new 2014-2015 Gibson guitars at the time.] And so it went, disappointing discovery after disappointing discovery. The only real question left is whether this is Gibson falling back to the old fret end binding 'nib' technique for all 2016 model guitars or, if this a procedure they are going to use on the 'T' models only?? I guess we are going to have to wait until a newer 2016 model with neck binding gets announced & we are offered either detailed enough pictures or written affirmation from Gibson concerning their assembly manufacture process with their bound neck electric guitars & their fretting manufacture process. There should be no doubt that I'm hoping Gibson stops all Nib manufacture as I simply see it from the perspective of a guitar player as just downright being inferior to having one consistent metal fret with its end being properly filed & finished in comparison to an unfinished metal fret trying to be joined with plastic that wears away creating an always widening gap between metal fret & plastic Nib. Bottom like, our guitars should not end up looking like this, the eventual result of a players guitar with Nibs! Duh Gibson! Frikin Duh! Why is Gibson apparently going backwards & using an inferior fret finishing process?? Left over inventory? Thus create the 'T' models & get rid of it all? To expensive to use binding & finish fret ends properly at the same time? Or is Gibson really this clueless & out of touch with all the issues & concerns that serious guitar playing, Gibson loving / buying customers that are out there scratching their heads right now have with their using "Nibs" on their bound neck guitars? Sadly for me, when it comes down to Nibs I know I can't seriously consider buying a guitar with them & expect truly be happy, and that means, Gibson looses another very potential sale. So what it gonna be Gibson? Finished metal frets or plastic Nibs???