Price paid: £ 1050
Purchased from: online store not saying which
Sound — 1
for some reason it developed a bad buzz on low e and a strings after changing the already worn strings.. sent back to the shop to have it setup at no extra cost.... came back from setup and it still buzzed!! got told the buzz sound would not come through the amps and that firebirds, cos they are such a big long guitar are prone to a little buzz.... Erm no thank you.
Overall Impression — 5
GUTTED!!! Guitar of my dreams turned into a nightmare!! Blown away by its fantastic looks. Sent away due to horrid buzz!! Fair play to the store which i purchased from.. they were very helpful and have done a good deal on a replacement Gibson ES137 Classic.... but i think there was definately something a miss with this particular bird.
Reliability & Durability — 1
Dont know... owned the guitar for 4 weeks where 3 and a half of them it was away being sorted out..... but im sure it was built to last, i thought the banjo tuners felt a bit loose and not very high quality, but all other fittings seemed ok. 3 way selector was loose too, needed tightening up a bit.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
finish looked great apart from small blemish in the varnish on head stock, possibly from being hung up in shop. when delivered the strings had lost some of the coating from where it would seem it had been played a few times already... where the strings attached to the tuning pegs looked really sloppy... i would like to think it never came out of nashville like that! I very much doubt this was the original setup from new.
Features — 10
2009 Firebird V All the usual, through neck, banjo style tuners, mahogany wings Fantastic looker in Vintage sunburst Thing that shocked me was the fact that it is sooo big, quite heavy and the jumbo frets looked like a railway track!!! Very nice white fluffy hard case. But what an awsome looking guitar!