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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:24 pm    Post subject: LTD Phoenix 200 Reply with quote

This is the latest in my series of weird guitars I now own. I didn't even now that these guitars existed until I spotted it up for sale in the GG preowned section. After a little digging I found out its a guitar that had been discontinued but was about to be getting an expensive reissue. There used to be 2 models of these. A budget one (like this) and a swanky version at the thick end of £1k. The new version coming out is also a premium model.

I managed to score it for £265 which I was happy with as it has the Kerry King EMG pickup set/boost in it. I had intended to sell on the pickups if i didn't like them and at the price they sell for the guitar would have owed me pennies if i did end up doing that. I did hesitate a bit as buying modded preowned from a shop can be hit or miss. Luckily the previous owner had installed everything correctly and the guitar was also set up properly so another win there. The only issue is the slightly annoying/OCD inducing exception of them drilling the hole for the boost switch slightly out of line with the other controls. Tho I do plan on getting a black guard for this and redoing the controls in the more standard firebird parallel to the strings style anyway so no biggie.

The guitar is a proper through neck, fit and finish are excellent and the pickups sound AMAZING so they'll be staying. My Gibson Firebird had a better paint job but this is actually a way better guitar.

Things I will update are the pickguard and probably the machine heads to locking Grovers or similar. Everything else is great. The giant Moog knobw will come off too once I find something else I like. I wasn't a fan of the black knurled Tele knobs that were on this.

If you ever have the chance to try/buy one of these I wholeheartedly recommend it. I never thought I'd get to the point where my 3 favourite Gibson style guitars are made by LTD. Pic of the other one (Alex Skolnick sig Silverburst) added at the bottom.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

doesn't mezz play one of these?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that what this was about?

https://guitar.com/news/industry-news/gibson-warwick-firebird-thunderbird-trademark-news-response/
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

plopswagon wrote:
doesn't mezz play one of these?
Mezz has a few Hardluck Kings versions, it’s what I thought of when I saw this.

Looks great Thomas! The matte on gloss black look with the EMGs works well.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys. I've seen the Fretking on his FB but I've never tried one of them. I'd like to try one.

westtexasred wrote:
Is that what this was about?

https://guitar.com/news/industry-news/gibson-warwick-firebird-thunderbird-trademark-news-response/


No that's not specific to this model or anything, just the FB and Explorer shape on the whole.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
Looks great Thomas! The matte on gloss black look with the EMGs works well.


Agreed, v slick!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!

I'd love to see a pic of the back.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's an incredible price. I've been eyeing these since the reissue.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KillerGuitarRigs wrote:
That's an incredible price. I've been eyeing these since the reissue.


The reissues are coming down a bit in price now, I’ve spotted a few on the second hand market.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother has an LTD Les Paul type thing, which is hilarious because he doesn't really know guitars and definitely isn't into metal or anything remotely heavy. He reckons it sounds great though, and plays great.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the EC1000 which is the LP one. They come with SD JB and 59 pickups, locking tailpiece, bridge and tuners.

I only ditched mine when I got a silverburst Alex Skolnick signature version. It’s full thickness like a LP where the usual etc is slimmer. Coil splits too.

It’s very metal looking but I love how it plays. Metal Liberace.

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