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

Featuring two mini-humbuckers and a solid mahogany body, this left-handed Firebird offers plenty of vintage Gibson flavor. (4) 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 1970s. 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.

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(TM) 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(TM) 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.

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- Body: mahogany
- Neck: maple with volute and '70s profile
- Fingerboard: baked 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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "FINALLY A LEFTY FIREBIRD!!"
Sound: Has a soulful, bluesy sound that surprised me a bit from the newly designed mini humbuckers! Feature: Love the neck volute and straight string-pull H/S. The slightly modified shape still says 'Firebird' but is light and comfy to play even sitting. NICE! The 'ebonized' maple neck plays well and feels like rosewood. The WORST feature? Their continued use of 'backwards', right-hand VOL. & TONE pots on a lefty ax shows NO CLASS that one would expect at the prices Gibson charges. Ease of Use: The ax, though 'no-frrills' and basic, looks, feels and sounds quite good. Any lefty that likes Firebirds would love to have this- and for the $$, most actually can!! The Big G should sell a TON of these.! I HOPE they DO, so they may reissue other lefties (and other colors) from the past (like the cool X-Factor models) and perhaps make some BASSES and other models seldom (if EVER) seen in a lefty version!! It could start a whole new era for Gibson as well as the long-suffering LEFTY out there!! A lefty Victory reissue! Vic bass too! Lefty V's, Jr's, Specials, Explorers, Thunderbirds and D/C's will be commonplace!! Quality: Aside from issues mentioned, they are known for a well-made product, although their attention to detail and Quality Control is known to be spotty at best. I had a new Classic that came w/finish issues, wood chips in the compartments, strings touching pickups when played (as on this Firebird) and other things. Not what you want to see. Would like to see bigger volutes on more models- would go far to answer H/S breaks. Value: In todays market, for the materials used, and ESP. for a LEFTY model, (and for Gibson) I would say a better than average value!! Their recent 'Worn Series' light-finish models and the Tribute Series of SG & LP models have also been exceptional values, in my opinion. Not everyone has 2K+ for a workhorse ax. Manufacturer Support: Never dealt with. The Wow Factor: HUGE!!!! I KNOW I'm not the ONLY lefty who has wanted a Gibson Firebird (tho the Epi's were pretty cool- just hard to find!) for like- FOREVER!! Overall: Yeah, it's only a Studio, but for us lefties who've always wanted a real LH 'bird, it's almost a Godsend- and at this price point, AND a couple of cool colors at least, I'd tell any Johnny-loving lefty out there to JUMP ON IT before it get's discontinued. Still would like a Std. thru-neck version in LH, but they did a decent job on this. Pluses include: Nice mini-Grovers, neck volute (bit small, but still) nice Light-weight, GREAT bluesy tone from the new mini HB's, nice colors incl. a matte trans-red and a cool silverburst. No hard case but a plush gig bag. MINUS: The BIG one- they didn't care enough to use real LEFTY POTS on a lefty ax like Fender and many others DO, and even on my $$ Les Paul the VOL. and TONE pots are BACKWARDS, which is real annoying when you plunk down that kind of change! Shows no class for the Big 'G'. And while I prefer a thru-neck to a set-neck, and would rather a real ebony board to the 'carbonized maple' (or whatever they call it), I do applaud their trying to make a more avail. f'board wood more 'palatable' while saving more overharvested and 'poached' tree species like rosewood and ebony, and will support any efforts of the guitar industry to be greener and sustainable- and the maple plays just FINE, thanks! All in all, a good deal on a pretty cool little ax (except for the backwards pots) that's way overdue for us lefties!!
Style of Music: Mostly hard rock and rockin' blues, fusion-era jazz, ECM records artists, heavy into 70's-on English rock, but also dig (real) M
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Gibson caves to YEARS of REQUESTS for a LEFTY FIREBIRD!!! Yaaaaaay!"
Overall: Dont own this YET, but hope to SOON! This is the coolest LH-issue from Gibson maybe....EVER!! At LEAST as cool as the recent 'Tribute' 60's SG & Gold-Top Studio (one of the best in recent history, IMHO) and MUCH longer awaited for us LEFTIES!! Wish they would reissue the 2005 super-cool LEFTY 'X-Factor' Explorer variants (incl. SUPER COOL metallic colors and an ash-bodied natural version)- didnt get a chance to order one before they were quickly discontinued! So MAKE SURE you lefties out there JUMP ON THIS QUICK!!!
Style of Music: Bluesy hard rock,, acid, psych rock, ambient, jazz fusion- basically anything that rocks, is funky, and has soul and taste.
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