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  1. Astral Traveler

    Astral Traveler Active Member

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    I was offered a Gibson Firebird in a trade for my Kotzen tele, I've always liked the looks of Firebirds but never played one so I checked the local store to see what they had. The only one in was an Epiphone Joe Bonamassa signature Firebird, it was great! So instead of doing the trade I came home with the Epi, I'll flip the Kotzen and there should be a pretty penny in between.

    I had read all kinds of things about the firebirds and their awkward bodies but it fits my proportions really well, both standing and sitting it's very comfortable to play. It's more top heavy than the SG and the neck dive is crazy if I let go of the neck but it's countered by the very comfortable resting place for the lower arm on the upper part of the body. The sustain is amazing, it is what I wished the SG was. The fit and finish is better than the SG that has Gibson on the headstock but the frets are not quite there, although perfectly acceptable. The volume pot was shot, it's either on or off so they knocked $60 off the price, I can now comfortably spend $6 on new pots.

    It sounds and feels great, sweet sounding pickup and a nice chunky neck. It could only have been cooler if it was the sunburst model, it's gorgeous, you can see all the pieces in the 9 piece neck and the two color headstock...

    It came in a gigbag and a really cute Certificate of Authenticity :D

    Sorry for the long post and poor pics!

    Firebird.jpg Firebird-2.jpg Firebird-3.jpg
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Sweeeet! :smile:

    Happy NGD to you!
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Pics are fine and happy NGD !
     
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  4. Astral Traveler

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    Thank you both!
     
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  5. Spiral

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    Firebirds are cool. I'm liking them more and more, especially the new black custom shop ones.

    Those frets look nice 'n fat.
     
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    Congrats! I have the same guitar, and I absolutely love it.
     
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  7. Astral Traveler

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    Thanks. Cool! Have you had it for long?
     
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    Yeah, the frets are fairly fat but not very tall.
     
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    Gahr Well-Known Member

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    A little under a year. Bought it used. Sounds absolutely awesome.
     
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    Congrats I think the epi is better than a lot of the Gibson’s.

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  11. Astral Traveler

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    Nice! Looks great with the Bigsby.
     
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    But the plastic has to go.

    Unless you’re in a cheap trick tribute band or something.
     
  13. Marky Forrest

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    Very cool, congrats!
     
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  14. Astral Traveler

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    Thank you :)
     
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    Bettyboo Well-Known Member

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    Lovely guitar with a great reputation - enjoy!
     
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  16. Astral Traveler

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    Thanks! I got new pots yesterday and swapped the volume pot. Same thing, volume goes from full to nothing. I started digging around, turns out it was just wired incorrectly from factory.
     
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    I do my own setups and minor mods but haven't attempted rewiring. Well done!
     
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    Happy NGD to you. A Firebird....I'd love to play on one.
     
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  19. Astral Traveler

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    Thanks! It's so much fun to play and sounds amazing. Try one if you come across one.
     
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