Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar  

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Since 1963 the Firebird has drawn the admiration of a who's-who list of great guitarists. The 2016 Firebird T brings together everything that has made the Firebird such a desirable guitar. The stylize... Click To Read More About This Product

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Since 1963 the Firebird has drawn the admiration of a who's-who list of great guitarists. The 2016 Firebird T brings together everything that has made the Firebird such a desirable guitar. The stylized body features neck-through construction with a nine-ply mahogany neck, producing the familiar playing experience of vintage Firebirds with unbelievable sustain, all with a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish that lets every bit of tone ooze through.

The neck respects Gibson's traditional width and includes a self-lubricating Graph Tech nut that improves sustain and intonation whether you'e bending strings or not. The fretboard inlays faithfully reproduce the original design the 1963 Firebird V. A pair of traditional Firebird mini-humbuckers dish up the rich and biting tone of yesterday and today, along with great looks to match.

Hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge and Steinberger gearless tuning keys. The 2016 Firebird T comes complete with a gig bag. Pick one up and see how far this bird can fly.

Key features
The familiar, time-proven playing feel of classic Firebirds
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for accurate return-to-pitch after bending - without string stick
World-class tuners provide exceptional efficiency while preserving the distinctive reverse headstock shape
Renowned for a rich, clear, biting tone - yesterday and today
There's no other way to obtain this kind of sustain
Outstanding stability, excellent intonation, and time-tested performance
The hand-sprayed, nitrocellulose lacquer helps your guitar look, feel, and sound its best
The unique body design is rock solid, from the headstock to the strap pin
Faithfully reproduced inlay design from the 1963 Firebird V
Right out of the case, your handcrafted, American-made guitar is ready for immediate action

Features
  • Neck width: Historic 1-11/16" neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Tuners: Steinberger Gearless tuning keys
  • Pickups: Traditional Firebird mini-humbuckers
  • Body: Original neck-through-body construction
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Finish: Nitro Vintage Sunburst finish
  • Classic nine-ply mahogany-walnut neck construction
  • Inlays: Traditional trapezoid inlays
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Gig bag included
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Gibson2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love my Firebird!

I love my new Gibson Firebird. The finish is excellent and the tone is unbelievable. I love the sustain. Gibson's PLEK setup was far from good, so I had the tech at my...Read complete review

I love my new Gibson Firebird. The finish is excellent and the tone is unbelievable. I love the sustain. Gibson's PLEK setup was far from good, so I had the tech at my Guitar Center go over it. He adjusted the action, balanced the pickups and got it dialed in just how I like it. The tuners are awesome and really easy to get to exact pitch.

I'm an intermediate skilled player and this is my first Gibson. I have a great collection of nice guitars (6), but just had not found a Gibson I was in love with, until now. I can't put it down. It comes with a gig bag that is nice quality, but I immediately ordered a SKB hard case. I play all my guitars often, but I like to take care of my stuff and keep it all looking like new.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not the quality I've come to expect from a Gibson

I own a few Gibsons and have always been impressed with Gibson quality until now. I realize that with the lower price for this guitar, something must have been sacrificed. The sound is...Read complete review

I own a few Gibsons and have always been impressed with Gibson quality until now. I realize that with the lower price for this guitar, something must have been sacrificed. The sound is great, the fit and finish are great. But the set up leaves much to be desired. The amount of fret buzz to me is unacceptable. The cause, I found, is several high frets. I was able to fix the issue and make the guitar playable, but still... When I think of a Gibson, I think of low action without buzz. But not anymore. I recently purchased 2 Epiphones for less than half the price of this Firebird and they both played better out of the box. But since I put the effort into set up and frets, I'm happy with the guitar. It does sound great.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love my Firebird!

By Matty

from Cortland, OH

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Strange Factory Setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

I love my new Gibson Firebird. The finish is excellent and the tone is unbelievable. I love the sustain. Gibson's PLEK setup was far from good, so I had the tech at my Guitar Center go over it. He adjusted the action, balanced the pickups and got it dialed in just how I like it. The tuners are awesome and really easy to get to exact pitch.

I'm an intermediate skilled player and this is my first Gibson. I have a great collection of nice guitars (6), but just had not found a Gibson I was in love with, until now. I can't put it down. It comes with a gig bag that is nice quality, but I immediately ordered a SKB hard case. I play all my guitars often, but I like to take care of my stuff and keep it all looking like new.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Firebird fever

By SeattleK

from Seattle, Wa

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Balanced
  • Build
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • No case
  • Shielding

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

I've only ever played guitars under $1000 for the last 20+ years and couldn't really afford a Firebird. This year the price really came down so I finally got one. The neck fits my hand as though it were tailored for me. The unique body style causes this guitar to hang perfectly balanced. R&B, Rock, Country, this guitar is an excellent choice for all styles. Absolutely gorgeous to look at. I'm a Firebird guy from here out. My only complaints are: It doesn't come with a case and there are no new Gibson brand cases available and the shielding is fairly weak. I think it cost around $120 for a pro setup with shielding, so not too bad.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not the quality I've come to expect from a Gibson

By Many Guitars

from Connecticut

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

    I own a few Gibsons and have always been impressed with Gibson quality until now. I realize that with the lower price for this guitar, something must have been sacrificed. The sound is great, the fit and finish are great. But the set up leaves much to be desired. The amount of fret buzz to me is unacceptable. The cause, I found, is several high frets. I was able to fix the issue and make the guitar playable, but still... When I think of a Gibson, I think of low action without buzz. But not anymore. I recently purchased 2 Epiphones for less than half the price of this Firebird and they both played better out of the box. But since I put the effort into set up and frets, I'm happy with the guitar. It does sound great.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great guitar with a great price.

    By Tommy T

    from New Jresey

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

    Had a lot of fret buzz. May have bin from shipping in the cold weather. Tweaked the truss rod and put on 10s. Intonated and it sounds great, A lot of American made guitar for the money. I would have payed more for a hard case. My Orange Rockerverb loves it.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Villains Of Yesterday

    from Seattle

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

      I was initially skeptical that the new 2016 Gibson T series would be a "lesser" guitar than the previous years series, but I was wrong! This is a great guitar at a fantastic value.

      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      worst pickups ever

      By Ray

      from LINY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

        except for the pickups guitar is solid you need to change them to seymour duncans then the guitar will sound like a firebird stock pickups are overwound and lifeless

         
        4.0

        Great guitar horrible setup

        By The cavalier

        from Seattle,wa

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

        Love the tone Gibson needs to take better care setting up their guitars.

         
        5.0

        Favorite guitar

        By dude

        from macon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is amazing. I have strats, teles, les pauls, sgs, and this one just stands out. Everyone who picks it up looks awesome and falls in love. Wish it came with a case but this price was too good to pass. I totally recommend!!

             
            5.0

            Loving it!!!!

            By Big Daddy

            from Savannah, GA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

              I've been playing my firebird everyday since I got it. I'm liking it more and more. Very sweet tone.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              WOW! What a guitar.

              By Dave

              from Copley Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Firebird T Electric Guitar:

                Best guitar I have ever owned.

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