Gibson Introduced The Firebird X

On September 30th 2011 Gibson Guitar Corp took guitar engineering to new heights with the introduction of the Gibson Firebird X.

Gibson Introduced The Firebird X
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On September 30th 2011 Gibson Guitar Corp took guitar engineering to new heights with the introduction of the Gibson Firebird X (www.gibson.com/firebirdx). An evolution of the 1960s classic Gibson Firebird model, the Firebird X is loaded with ground-breaking technologies like fourth-generation Robot tuners for automatic tuning, onboard effects based on computer plug-in technology, and wireless Bluetooth pedals for unsurpassed usability on stage and in the studio. In addition, the Gibson Firebird X is designed for compatibility with hardware and applications developed by third party companiesan industry first. Gibson's "Pure-Analog" Engine makes this possible in conjunction with an authorized App store, where vendors can sell Gibson-compliant applications. Limited to 1,800 models in two unique finishesRedolution and Bluevolutionthe Gibson Firebird X will retail for $5,570 msrp. "Innovation has always been the driving force at Gibson, and the Firebird X is nothing short of groundbreaking," says Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO. "The Gibson Firebird X is truly the most technologically-advanced guitar ever conceived, with multiple built-in effects that take sonic capabilities to an entirely new levelwhile retaining the classic appeal of a finely-crafted, supremely playable instrument." As an added bonus, all registered owners of the Firebird X gain instant entry into the Firebird X Visionaries Club, an on-line community where members have exclusive access to software, patches, manuals and other supporting downloads. In addition, members can create and maintain personal profile pages; post and share Firebird X preset files, audio and video content; and communicate/interact with fellow Firebird X owners, artists and Gibson staff. Technical Specificiations:
  • The Gibson Firebird X has a lightweight body (six pounds total) made from hand-sorted swamp ash; a thin, fast, asymmetrical rock maple neck with a smooth, non-stick satin finish; and a maple finger board. Gibson has also developed the unique ProX case to protect the instrument, with the ability to survive a fall from a six-foot building.
  • Built-in effects capability, accessible with a minimum of motion and disruption, enable users to simply morph settings and switch into different effect. Presets recreate the world's best tones and generate a plethora of new ones.
  • With a fourth generation of supporting hardware and software the Gibson Firebird X is self-tuning, allowing the guitar to change tunings quickly and accurately.
  • Designed to look like standard pickup selectors, the two tog-pots have control built into the rotatable toggle shaft to let users morph smoothly from unprocessed to processed sounds. A third tog-pot blends acoustic sounds from the piezo pickup, along with the electric pickups or only acoustic sounds. Optimized to sound like Gibson's acclaimed J-45 acoustic guitar, the basic acoustic guitar sound is virtually indistinguishable from an acoustic guitar's electric output.
  • Three mini-humbuckers with side-by-side coils and a hexaphonic piezo bridge pickup with an improved low noise, high dynamic-range preamplifier make the Firebird X a fully active guitar. The bridge piezo pickup includes hex outputs (each string can provide a separate output for computer or live performance setups), which allow everything from totally new sounds from clean distortion and synth-like timbres to sophisticated surround possibilities.
  • Thanks to advances in low-power circuitry, greater Robo-Tuner efficiency, and power saving technologies adapted from laptop computers, the Firebird X internal battery lasts for over two hours of continuous use and, if needed, can be swapped out in seconds with a readily available camcorder battery.
  • Gibson partnered with CSR, a global leader in wireless technology, to develop an expression pedal and footswitch unit (included with purchase) for the Firebird X. CSR combined our unsurpassed Bluetooth connectivity technology and expertise with our passion for creativity to make Gibson's vision a reality, says Anthony Murray, CSR Senior Vice President of Audio and Consumer Business. The result is an amazing system that enables players to experience precise, intuitive control of the instrument with absolutely no wires to get in the way. Optimized for musical applications, the pedals and footswitch snap together for a secure mechanical and electrical connection to create a compact pedal board setup.
  • Although the heart of the distortion options within Firebird X use McDSP's critically-acclaimed Chrome Tone plug-in, Gibson engineers included multiple modulation, delay, and reverberation effects including new effects like dynamic delay and old favorites like spring reverb, analog chorus/delay, and a 10-second looper.
  • The Firebird X features Gibson's turbo-charged "Pure-Analog" engine, which provides an arsenal of professional world class sounds and effects as well as professional analog sound. It is user-replaceable, and allows 3rd party developers to make new exciting use of the engine by allowing their software, sold in the Gibson app store, to run on the guitar's engine. For more information on the Gibson Firebird X and to find the nearest dealer, please visit this location.
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      hec_exe
      They just added a pedalboard to the guitar, all I need is good sustain, excellent tunning stability, an very good clean sound, tones, satan-like sound distortion (in other words invest the money in creating closest to perfection pickups) n different colors, bet I'd be better sounding and cheaper to the public
      Bohrion
      Pad Mast3rs wrote: it looks ugly but at least they are trying to do something new and perhaps it sounds good who knows?
      >Trying to do something new >It's the remastering of an older model
      RR3tran
      Lol it can survive a fall from 6-foot building? Unremarkable, to say the least. /sarcasm On another note, who wouldn't enjoy fooling around with a guitar like this? Yes, guitars are perfectly fine the way they are: hunks of wood, strings, and pickups. But if we've never looked forward with the capability of instruments, we'd never have the guitar in the first place.
      Sean117
      I work at Guitar Center. We got these early, had to send one back because the tuning machines won't work anymore and now the last one is starting to go out. It's embarrassing to even try to sell these. Please Gibson, follow suit with fender and make more creative and affordable models for the future, with the economy the way it is no one could afford this $4000(street price) guitar even if it worked perfectly. Sorry Gibson, this was a miss fire, but you should have noticed that coming when the last Robots bombed.
      Pad Mast3rs
      it looks ugly but at least they are trying to do something new and perhaps it sounds good who knows?
      Pit_
      I think almost everybody agrees this guitar looks like crap, either in red or blue paint. And to be honest, I don't really see the reason behing all the 'robot-guitar' models from the past 3 years or so.
      alicenikismith
      I have this guitar I love it if you never played it don't judge it forget the look when your playing for people the ate not going to care about the look only the sound and on that note I give the firebird x a 10 it sounds great I am very happy with my guitar and hope to see more like the firebird x soon It's all about the sound .
      enjoipenguin
      TOO MANY FUNCTIONS! It looks like the guitar itself would take years to understand all of its capabilities. :/
      PBiddy
      I love Gibson guitars and even I have to say it looks truly hideous!
      jrodgers
      Matter of fact, I'd venture to say that dollar for dollar, Epiphone models are now better than Gibsons. Before everyone jumps on me, I'm speaking strictly in terms of value here (a Gibson model Les Paul is not worth 3 times an Epiphone as the price dictates). Even without the price difference, I'd take a higher end Epiphone Les Paul or SG over a Gibson Studio model any day.
      jrodgers
      I like the pickup configuration, with the ability to split coils and reverse polarity, and mix with the piezo. Very cool and useful. But they definitely shoulda just slapped em on a Les Paul and left it at that. An oh yeah.... go back to making Les Pauls the right way!
      Lapidus
      jimmydvn wrote: Does anybody really value all that technology in a guitar? Really? Guitars should be planks of wood with pick-ups and string on them.. Hendrix and Jimmy Page still hold the standards, with guitars from the 60's.
      nothing against technology, I've owned 2 variax (and sold them eventually), but packing the ugliest piece of wood (that's what they do with a 300 years old tree??? no wonder they're sued, f@kin crime if you ask me) you can find with overpriced and useless tech junk is not what I'm looking for. This company is just FAIL.
      jimmydvn
      Does anybody really value all that technology in a guitar? Really? Guitars should be planks of wood with pick-ups and string on them.. Hendrix and Jimmy Page still hold the standards, with guitars from the 60's.
      schirripar
      Instead of vomiting overpriced keytars, do you think Gibson could maybe come up with a new guitar? lol nah I guess their design team stopped taking acid in the 70s
      Guitar_Jester
      Lapidus wrote: ow god, this company really needs a new CEO
      Totally. Why would anyone think that someone would buy those god-aweful guitars?
      PIMO
      zeek7pc wrote: Hasn't this thing been out for months?
      thats what i was thinking...
      Bezza27
      PIMO wrote: zeek7pc wrote: Hasn't this thing been out for months? thats what i was thinking...
      No they've just been hyping it since before NAMM 2011