Firebird Studio review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (29 votes)
Epiphone: Firebird Studio

Price paid: £ 220

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Sound — 9
The sound of the guitar is pretty awesome, it suits my style of music which is rock and alternative rock nicely. On distortion the guitar sounds great and very 'rocky' and on clean it sounds very bluesy, however on clean and treble the guitar sounds very 'foo fighters' like which is brilliant. Overall pretty fantastic for its price range.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar gives of a very good impression as you feel like dave grohl when you play foo fighters music like the pretender as he has a Gibson firebird studio. I would compare this to a good Epiphone SG as the neck is simular and sounds just as good. This guitar is a fantastic buy and is the best guitar I have ever seen and played and will be my main guitar for years to come :D

Reliability & Durability — 8
the guitar is very reliable and it seems like it will last. as it is a Firebird Studio i think it would sound better in a studio rather than live, but i have not gigged it so i wouldn't know. now the bad thing about the guitar is that when i use my nylon strap and stand up the guitar learns to the side and does not stay upright as the headstock is massive and the balance is off, however with a good quality leather strap this could be avoided. although the guitar is not that heavy and is easy to hold, because the neck feels fat it requires getting used to and will not be suitable for shredding that muck (i would recommend an Ibanez for it has a fin neck) but overall the guitar is very reliable but takes much getting used to

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
As with all Epiphone guitars the factory setup is pretty good and the guitar feels great and smooth. With the ebony finnish though finger prints and smudge marks are very apparent and requires constant polishing, but you can expect that with any black guitar. Everything is put together very nicely and the guitar is of great quality,

Features — 10
The guitar has many features that really make this guitar unique. The guitar has a set, mahogany neck of a 24.75 scale (3/4 size) that has 22 frets with the standard studio dots. The body included 2 alnico classic humbuckers just like the sg, and either an ebony or a worn cherry finnish. (mine has an ebony finnish which is holding up nicely). The guitar also has a set neck bridge with a tail piece and 2 tone and 2 volume controls, a tone and volume for each pickup, and also has the jack socket for the cable on the front. The body also has an excellent firebird shape pick guard with the iconic firebird symbol. Last but certainly not least is the headstock, which is my favourite part of the guitar, which is a reverse shape that has banjo tuners and a headstock plate with the Epiphone logo. Now the banjo tuners take some geting used to and changing the strings looks complicated (although I have'nt changed the stings yet) but looks awesom :D. overall the headstock is unique and has many great features

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    24.75 scale (3/4 size)
    It's not 3/4 size. It's full size, it's like another standard. Almost all Gibson (or Epiphone) guitars have 24.75 inch scale. 3/4 size is 22 to 23 inches.
    Had this guitar in my hands and I loved it! Im a big foo fighters fan so i already expected it to sound good, but it blew my mind. Not only in standard tuning but espcially in down tuning, it can make it easy to for example drop A, which is incredibly low! In short, perfect guitar for hard rock, grunge and metal guitarists
    I have to add a few words to what I wrote above... After posting my review I switched the pickups, so Gibson humbicker is now on neck position and Seymour Duncan on bridge. Sounds much better now. The selector switch died oneme YET AGAIN so I went and bought a Gibson original switch. You can hear me sliding with that animal on youtube, just search Zdravljica Banzai. I recorded it with a 5W Epiphone Valve Junior, without using effects, volume on 2.