1963 Firebird VII review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.4 (85 votes)
Epiphone: 1963 Firebird VII

Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Good Ol' Musician's Friend

Sound — 10
Suits my style of: blues, classic rock, '80s/'90s rock, ska, jazz, country, pretty damn versatile wouldn't ya say? Play it through many things, a Vox Valvetronix, my friend's 250 watt music man tube, and an older Fender tube amp. Not noisy at all, nice bright sound on the bridge pickup, sounds great for a lot of distortion. Middle pickup with a bight of the other two pickups provides a nice sound with just a little gain which is good for blues. The neck pickup is extremely clean as expected. Big variety of sounds, with 3 volume knobs and 1 tone knob, you gotta just play around with the knobs as there are millions of great combinations.

Overall Impression — 10
Man this thing is awesome, I've been playing for years and it is by far the best feeling guitar I played. I would definetly try to buy this product again used, as it was recently discontinued, well I guess you can always upgrade to the Gibson! It's amazing, looks amazing, everything's great. Will even get you some women.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will certaintly take live playing, as I play all the time with it gigging. The hardware is still looking like it did when it came, amazing. I use a cheap strap that has held up for months. I don't need a backup, never went wrong so far, everything is great and it is very dependable.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Good set-up, good action, everything was pretty good. There was maybe a litlle scratch a centimeter long in some places, no biggies.

Features — 10
Specs of a Gibson Firebird VII from 1963. Mine's made 2005 or 2006 in Korea. 22 Frets. Set mahogany neck with a mahogany body. Rosewood fretboard. Mines the Vintage sunburst with gold hardware. Comes with an original-style Maestro tremolo. 3-way tone selector, 3 volume knobs, and one tone knob. 3 Alcino-V mini humbuckers. Grover tuners. No accesories whatsoever, except for an allen key or two, they want to rob you for that 80 or 90 dollar firebird case.

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    well Mr Dimebag7 must be mad as that is the most beautiful peice of guitar design in history. Thats the kind of guitar that you would see the Queen of England playing if she could...that would have a prime position in my house...i probably wouldnt even play it...
    I really like this guitar... hmm.. I might get it... does it come in any other colours?
    rulebreaker, hes trying to say the guitar sucks... dude just chill out and dont correct anyone on grammer
    i have one and it SUCKS for hardcore, which is what i play, i bought it when i played hair metal/soft rock. id be happy to sell it for 250
    I have 3 Gibson Firebird VII's .. one cherry wood grain and all gold hardware, another coffee sunburst and another copper. All of them are tremendous ... I can see why Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton use them. Just saw Johnny using one in January 2006 ... tremendous! I have one of the Epi's Firebird VII's in sunburst with gold hardware and it's not too bad ... p.ups are hot enough and the fretboard is a bit different from the pure Gibsons, but that's ok ... it has a bit of uniqueness of its own. The headstock tuners go down instead of back which is conventional, but it's a nice change. Otherwise, other than the Gibson Les Paul recording models (I have 3 of these), it is the closest to the Strat (if you want it to be). They will only increase in value if you hold on to them. Check out ebay and just see. If you do have an Epi Firebird VII, save up for the Gibson one too ... you just won't regret it. On stage, if you are reduced to 2 axes only, well, if you take up a Gibson Firebird VII and a Strat with Texas specials ... you won't have to worry about a thing guys. All the best to you Firebird users. stivi
    Firebirds Rule!! But I can tell the guy who wrote the review his is NOT an '06, they discontinued these at the end of '05. They now run $400 on MF (in very limited quantity in Sunburst!!)!
    I may not like the look, but looks aren't everything. The 3 humbuckers probably sound awesome though, and Epiphone rarely makes a bad instrument.
    ArcherTheVMan Is Right You'rea Idiots...The Bass Looks Stupid But Any Bass That Was MAde Out Of A Guitar Does So It's Nothing New
    they look a bit rank but they play nice an isnt that more important???
    i'd love to have one! The nay sayers in the posts above gotta cut back on their self medicating ways... come down to earth guys! Triple mini humbuckers? Looks great I bet it plays even better!
    dimebag7 is right its ugly! same with thunderbird bass they are both shite! get an explorer if any!
    dimebag7 wrote: that looks like a piece of shit.
    yea shit..