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Gibson Firebird Studio Reverse '70s Tribute Electric Guitar, with Gig Bag

Get the classic style and tone of a '70s Firebird complete with mini-humbucker pickups and reverse body shape. (3) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Gibson's original "Reverse-Bodied" Firebird was ahead of its time when it first arrived in the early '60s, but it really came into its own as a rock classic of the 1970's. To capture the look, feel and tone of the instruments that made massive music during a decade when rock was king, Gibson USA introduces the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute. The series also includes an SG Studio and Les Paul Studio with complementary features.

Historic Features and Classic Looks in a 21st Century Tone Machine

The Firebird Studio '70s Tribute offers all the quality and performance that has made the Studio range so popular with hard-gigging guitarists since its introduction in 1983, with crucial updates that ally it to many legendary Gibson guitars of the 1970s. Grab hold of the unique thin-to-thick neck carve of the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute--with a profile that starts out slim at the lower frets and becomes increasingly chunky as you slide toward the joint--and you're rocketed straight back to an age of fierce, fast soloing. In the tone department, it carries a pair of Dual Blade Alnico Mini Humbuckers, new pickups that offer vintage-edged tones with great contemporary versatility, and a visual nod toward the original Firebird guitars. To top it off, the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute looks great in your choice of Vintage Sunburst, Cherry, Ebony Black or Silver Burst finish, all in grain-textured satin nitrocellulose lacquer.

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Body


Like the most revered vintage Firebirds, the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute starts with a solid mahogany body. This classic tonewood offers superb depth and balance, and is extremely light for optimum playing comfort. This set-neck Firebird is crafted to the original slim-bodied lines of the radical "Reverse-Bodied" Firebirds of the early-to-mid-'60s, so the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute also captures the visual style of one of the most revolutionary guitar designs ever to hit the scene. Like many great Gibsons of the '70s, the neck is made from maple and carved to a profile unique to the era, which measures .800" deep at the 1st fret and increases to .963" at the 12th, with a volute behind the nut to both strengthen the headstock joint and enhance neck resonance. A chocolate-brown baked maple fingerboard carries modest pearloid dot inlays, and terminates in a PLEK-cut Corian nut with a width of 1-11/16". As with many Studio models, the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute keeps it all down to basics--and saves you money--by omitting fingerboard binding. Its look is complemented by a cream pickguard (with Firebird graphic) and pickup rings and gold knobs (Vintage Sunburst and Ebony Black) or black guard, rings, and knobs (Silver Burst and Cherry), and traditional gold Gibson and Les Paul Model silkscreens on all but the Silver Burst, which has silver silkscreens.

Pickups

To help the Firebird Studio '70s Tribute rock with unparalleled character and articulation, Gibson USA loads it with a pair of Dual Blade Alnico Mini Humbuckers. Entirely new pickups from Gibson USA, these units improve upon the best attributes of the former Mini Humbuckers seen in the Les Paul Deluxe in the '70s, and the different Firebird Mini Humbuckers of the early '60s, in an efficient design that uses dual steel blades and an Alnico magnet for a vintage voice that still retains plenty of chime. These pickups are calibrated for balanced output between the neck and bridge positions, yielding everything from singing bluesy neck tones to crunchy and wailing leads, and are dressed in solid chrome covers. They are routed through the traditional four-knob and three-way switch wiring set up, and partnered with a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for optimum sustain and precise intonation. A set of vintage-style TonePros tuners with chrome keys graces the reversed six-in-line headstock. Each guitar includes a Gibson gig bag and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Maple with Volute and '70s Profile
- Fingerboard: Backed Maple with dot inlays
- Pickups: New 70's Mini Humbucker
- Bridge: Tune-o-matic
- Tuners: Mini Grover Machine Heads
- Black plastics
- Silver Bird Pickguard logo and silver Gibson on truss rod cover
- Includes: Gig Bag, Warranty Card and user manual
Gibson Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
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Overall: This guitar is absolutely fabulous. Out of the box, it was flawless. A single piece of Mahogany finished in beautiful Satin Vintage Sunburst. Of course, as with any new instrument, I needed to do a setup to suit my playing style and the strings were a bit heavy for my taste. I owned a 1974 Les Paul Deluxe with "Mini Humbuckers" back in the day (I bought it new) and have always loved the sound of the Mini's over the the beefcakes on the standard Paul's. I will tell you that these pick ups are an improvement over the originals...retaining the brightness, while adding a bit more crunch on the bottom end (simply wonderful to listen to).This Firebird has a bit wider neck than I am used to playing, but it is fast becoming my main guitar. The sound is superb, the look and finish are flawless and the price is ridiculously low for the quality of this instrument...A lot of bang for your buck!....BUY IT!
Style of Music: Clasic Rock, Blues,Metal,Alt
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Overall: sooo...a new firebird studio... the latast one had standard humbuckers, a set neck and grover minituners. this one's got grovers and a set neck, but thank god, the mini humbuckers are back. definetely a step in the right direction. so wot's it got to show for itself to claim it's place in the firebird family tree? well, first, it's got a beautifully made maple nack, w a "clonk" on the headstock base to increase tone and prevent breakage. so far so good. the neck plays like a dream. then it's got the unmistakable reverse body shape. and since it's a set neck, we don't get a ridgein the middle, not even a fake one like on the epis. good. this one's no pretender, it's a serious contender...as for the overall craftsmanship, well, it's a gibson. no flaws. tonal balance unamplified: great.as for my amps, i've got a roland jc-160 w a palmer solid metal in front, and a epi valve special w a bloody mary dist. between'em there's very little i can't do. i'm able to get just about any tone i can think of from these, and my firebird does everything w class. you can go full-bore slayer or soft jazz clean sounds and everything in between. the new dual blade mini humbuckers delivers great volume and tonal clarity, as well as a bit more bite than the old ones. nice. actually it's very difficult to find anything wrong w this one, so i'll just adress the last typical firebird issue, (drum roll) the tuners. the smaller headstock on the studio does not accomodate banjostyle tuners, and besides they don't make'm anymore. so gibson installed a set of grover minituners instead. bummer. they're a loose fit, they rattle, they've got a horrible turning ratio and they slip. on a guitar this good, that gets REALLY annoying. this is wot's dragged the overall, features and wow ratings a bit down. good news is, you can install better ones. me i went for hipshot griplokk open gear machines, and it's well worth the money. if you're looking at one of these, consider changing tuners in the process. it's still a bargain, i paid about 150 quid for tuners and tools, and it's a real easy install as well. the shorter post on the locking machines also makes the tension over the nut a bit tighter, which increases the overall tone, as does the added mass of the tuning machines. overall, this is a great guitar that will give me lots of fun and ease my sorrows for years to come. oh yeah, by the way, the slab-bodied firebirds are even better for slinging your guitar low than the neck-throughs...;) just thought i'd mention.
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