Kinda got a new guitar...

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  1. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You may know that I was offered a Gibson Firebird in a trade for the Kotzen tele. I've always liked the looks of Firebirds but never played one so I checked the local store to see what they had. The only one in was an Epiphone Joe Bonamassa signature Firebird, it was great! So instead of doing the trade I came home with the Epi, I'll flip the kotzen and there should be a pretty penny in between.

    I had read all kinds of things about the firebirds and their awkward bodies but it fits my proportions really well, both standing and sitting it's very comfortable to play. It's more top heavy than the SG and the neck dive is crazy if I let go of the neck but it's countered by the very comfortable resting place for the lower arm on the upper part of the body. The sustain is amazing, it is what I wished the SG was. The fit and finish is better than the SG that has Gibson on the headstock but the frets are not quite there, although perfectly acceptable. The volume pot was shot, it's either on or off so they knocked $60 off the price, I can now comfortably spend $6 on new pots.

    It sounds and feels great, sweet sounding pickup and a nice chunky neck. It could only have been cooler if it was the sunburst model, it's gorgeous, you can see all the pieces in the 9 piece neck and the two color headstock...

    It came in a gigbag and a really cute Certificate of Authenticity :D

    Sorry for the long post and poor pics!

    Firebird.jpg Firebird-2.jpg Firebird-3.jpg
     
  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored Strat-Talk Supporter

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    And thus he shall be granted the key to the single pickup guitar club! Congrats
     
  3. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks! Finally you got an explanation to the other thread, I had to know what to expect :D

    There's a surprising range of tones and it should be even greater when it gets a functioning volume pot.
     
  4. Stratwrangler

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    Thats really nice Cerb , love it in the gold now you can keep the kotzen as well why not eh. Bet that sounds great with a bit of dirt and nice and loud.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks! Yeah, it sounds great. Nah, the Kotzen will go. It's an amazing guitar, really, but it's more expensive than it'd have to be.
     
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    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow! I want one, too!
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You should! :D

    Try one if you ever find one.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Gold Member

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    Congrats on a simply elegant guitar!
     
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    Firebird I. How Clapton-y.

     
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  11. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thank you :)
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ah, I didn't know he played one! Maybe that's why I gravitaded towards Sunshine of Your Love :D
     
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    Gorgeous thing!

    Love that gold.
     
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    Congratulations. You have now begun your everlasting journey down the road to nowhere. :D

    You could write a song about that. :sneaky:
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks.

    I've been on that road a long time, the road between nowhere and nothing...

    Man, it IS an idea for a song!
     
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    C519F17D-B972-4B4D-8208-B43F0FF6683E.jpeg I never did understand how people could complain about balance when the upper bout makes a fantastic arm rest. Really sexy guitar to play!!
    I also love the sound of the mini humbuckers!

    I still rue the impulsive day that I sold my 63 for £1K!!

    Congrats! It’s a beauty!!!!
     
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    Nice! Happy New Firebird Day!
     
  19. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ouch, 1k! Yeah, the arm rest is fantastic. Just don't take the arm off :D
     
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    I like the gold more than the burst. Nice buy !!
     
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