One of Gibson's first solid body guitars, the now renowned Firebird was a huge success upon its creation. This astonishing guitar was the brainchild of car designer Ray Dietrich who worked alongside Ted McCarty (the then Gibson President). With its unique shape derived from car tailfins, this new Gibson was a revolution, and the 2018 rendition keeps many of the original historic features with some new improvements.
Slim and lightweight body
Unlike guitars at the time of its birth in the early 1960s, the Firebird had a reverse-style body and a longer right horn, which it retains today. The neck-through-body is constructed from mahogany, a preferred tonewood for Gibson. The mahogany body feels lightweight and comfortable, reducing fatigue especially for performers and live musicians.
All mahogany neck
As mentioned, the 2018 Firebird has a neck-through-body construction, which boosts sustain and grants full access to all the frets, even the upper registers. The neck is made up of mahogany and shaped to the classic Firebird Slim Taper profile for a faster, more comfortable feeling for the modern guitarist.
The neck is topped with a thick granadillo fingerboard providing you with 22 frets that have been cryogenically treated to enjoy maximum durability. The use of the thicker granadillo boosts tonal depth produced by the guitar for a high quality sound output. Gibson have fitted a Tektoid nut that is self-lubricating for a better return to pitch and improved sustain.
Classic Mini humbuckers
The 2018 Firebird is equipped with a pair of Mini Humbucker pickups, with one in the neck position and another in the bridge position. The original Firebirds were also fitted with this superb pickup duo, and the 2018 version will still deliver those PAF-style authentic Gibson tones.
Featuring the usual controls for rhythm and lead Volume and Tone and a 3-way toggle pickup switch, you can shape your tone to suit your playing needs. Each control has a black tophat with a silver insert, complementing the ebony finish.
The Firebird headstock is directly fitted with the exceptional mini grover tuning keys. Their excellent design and precise ratio ensure consistency in tuning each string as well as improving the overall sustain. To further boost sustain and resonance there is a traditional chrome-plated aluminium Tune-o-Matic bridge and an aluminium Stop Bar tailpiece.
To protect and complement the body's smooth finish is a 3-ply white Firebird pickguard with the quintessential red Firebird on it. To enable the guitarist to look after this wonderful guitar as best as possible, Gibson include a brown Firebird hardshell case as well as an accessory kit so that you can play your new pride and joy right away.
Manufacturer Gibson Model Gibson USA 2018 Firebird Electric Guitar Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Granadillo Pickup Configuration HH Neck Profile Slim Taper Firebird No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Trapezoid Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic / Stop Bar tailpiece Active/Passive Passive Tuners Mini Grover Pickups Neck and Bridge: Mini Humbucker Controls 2x Volume (Lead, Rhythm) 2x Tone (Lead, Rhythm) Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups Position 3. Neck Pickup Included Accessories Gibson Firebird Hardshell Case
Gibson Accessory Kit
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