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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:29 am    Post subject: NGD - 2017 Firebird T Reply with quote

For Christmas/upcoming birthday my wife got me a new guitar. Iíd been eying a vintage burst Gibson Firebird T at my local shop for a while, and it went on sale over the holiday... but thatís not what I got. Instead, I poked around a little bit, and found the Pelham blue version was also available, but wasnít on sale; Boxing week, it was, so we ordered it in. It took a week to be sent from a shop in Ontario, and it arrived in a snow storm, so of course I drove out to pick it up.



This is pretty much THE spec/design for a Firebird. Itís pretty similar to the 2016, but with better bridge/tail, and with rounded edge on the neck binding, which is pretty comfy. The Steinberger tuners are kinda neat; Iíd never used them before, but I like them. I played it a little with the 9s it shipped with, but quickly set it up with 11s with wound G. I didnít get much chance to use it set up with the heavier strings before the power was knocked out for a few hours in the storm, but the feel improved greatly, the little fret buzz it had went away, and the intonation was better than with the 9s on. The balance is, surprisingly, spot on; the tuners are pretty light, and thereís lots of body, so thereís no neck dive at all. The neck pickup was somewhat hot compared to the bridge, so I had to adjust that to balance them a bit better.
The Pelham is pretty fucking nice against the white and chrome hardware.

The neck pickup is nice and round; fairly warm with a bit of thickness, but not too much; itís still articulate and not muddy. The bridge is fairly aggressive, nice and bitey. Together the sound is pretty decent, round with clear highs... but I think this guitar is probably best suited to one or the other, while I tend to play most of my guitars with multiple pickups active.

Iím still exploring this one, Iíve only had a bit of time to mess around with it... but I like it so far. Itís more interesting than my LesPaul, or friendsí LPs and SGs have been, but still not quite what Iím usually after in a guitar - the Fender sound is more often what I want. That said, I do really like it, and weíll see what sorts of music it makes me want to play.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks pretty, great present as well
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really wish I could get along with the Firebird neck, looks great
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love mine, and yours is a lovely colour. Treat yourself to some better pickups (Gibson's current Firebird RIs are an abomination): proper Firebird pickups are the most Fender-sounding non-Fender pickups money can buy.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks awesome
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
I love mine, and yours is a lovely colour. Treat yourself to some better pickups (Gibson's current Firebird RIs are an abomination): proper Firebird pickups are the most Fender-sounding non-Fender pickups money can buy.


^ Aye...get some proper firebird mini humbuckers in there!





































































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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Motherbuckers or GTFO

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Iím still considering the pickups. I pulled it out last band practice for the two songs I play on guitar, and it sounded pretty good, in general. Theyíre not amazing, but, good enough so far... mind, I thought that about my LP Studio, which I later found underwhelming (I donít get on with LPs in general, I think). Weíll see what future plans and outlooks bring for upgrades.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! I love the color. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great!
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