#1
Hi everyone.

I'm interested in the Gibson Firebird look and am wondering if anyone can briefly summarise for me the various models (i.e. shape/look) of Firebird. (I'm an absolute beginner to Firebirds, sorry, and Google is chucking all sorts of exotic variations at me.)

Ideally, I'd love a guitar that resembles a sunburst Gibson Firebird but with a good locking whammy bar and great meaty tone. Are such guitars available and do they still sound good with the floating bridge? Also would it be possible to acquire one without spending well over the $1000 mark?

Cheers.
#2
Firebirds with Floyds don't really exist as far as I know. You might find the odd one with a Bigsby though.
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#3
^ +1

esp has a vaguely firebird-shaped model which might (I dunno for sure) be available with a trem.
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#4
Well; I suppose you could pay a good guitar tech to install a locking tremolo on a Firebird, but you would have to thoroughly plan it out. You are talking about removing a great deal of wood from a guitar whose body is not too thick to begin with.

As for the various models of Firebirds, there are any number of websites that chronicle the history of the Gibson Firebird guitars. Just google "Gibson Firebird History" and see what you get.

You may as well start with Gibson's brief article:

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Gibson-Firebird-The-Birth-of-a-Tone-Machine.aspx
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esp has a vaguely firebird-shaped model which might (I dunno for sure) be available with a trem.


They sure do, it's called the Phoenix. I think it's only made in the LTD version now, and it does not have a trem. I did read that the original ESP Phoenix did have a trem, but I can't find any info on it at all or even a picture. The LTD is a TOM bridge, but it's a neck-thru and even has the raised neck-thru plank like the Firebird.
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^ thanks. yeah i had a vague recollection that at one point it had a trem but i wasn't sure if it did now.
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#7
Cheers for your input everyone. I gave up in the end and ended up buying a strat. Perhaps somebody should market a Gibson Firebirdy looking guitar with whammy bar? They would sell like hot cakes...
#8
Congrats on the Strat.

Considering the lowish sales of the Firebird compared to their other models and people's general dislike of the shape I doubt that it would sell massively.
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