Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar  

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Features classic offset body styling and neck-through-body design for increased sustain and solid attack. The body is 9-ply mahogany/walnut with mahogany wings, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezo... Click To Read More About This Product

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Features classic offset body styling and neck-through-body design for increased sustain and solid attack. The body is 9-ply mahogany/walnut with mahogany wings, bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay, high-output mini humbuckers at the bridge and neck, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, a 3-way switch, and chrome hardware. Includes hardshell case ($154 value).

Features
  • Classic offset body styling
  • Neck-through-body design for increased sustain and attack
  • 9-ply mahogany/walnut body with mahogany wings
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay
  • High-output mini humbuckers at the bridge and neck
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls
  • 3-way switch
  • Chrome hardware
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GibsonFirebird V Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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(96 of 103 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Gibson Ever

By DrGuitar

from Calif.

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

Got this guitar a couple weeks ago. Been playing for over 45 years so I'm no stranger to guitars. I've owned some very nice ones: 60 Gibson 330, 65 Ric 330, 68 Gibson 345, 69 Gibson LP Custom, ltd ed custom shop SG, ltd ed Strat, etc. I own 16 guitars (Gibson, Gretsch, Fender, Epi, Ric, Line 6, Takamine, Schecter, etc), so you know I'm not a beginner infatuated with his first guitar. In the past few years I haven't been impressed with that famous "Gibson Quality" (in workmanship and finish. Materials, however, are tops). Certainly PRS, Schecter, and Epi are better workmanship. But I have to say that this Firebird is flawless in every respect. I still had to adjust trussrod, action, and intonation. Some reviewers say they buy guitars that are perfect right out of the box. I've owned 25 guitars, NONE have not required some adj, ALL have at least required intonation. Maybe I'm just picky. Way better than a LP-meatier tone, better access to higher frets, definitely more unique looks. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE LPs, own 3, getting a couple more. But the Firebird is simply better in every way. The mini humbuckers are the best thing going: full rich sound like the Burstbucker Pro but crisper/more distinct; amazing warm overdriven blues sound but very articulate; sharpens up to ring like a bell (check out Johnny Winter). You'll get the best tone using #10 nickel coated strings-Gibson Brite Wires are great. I have small hands so I prefer the slim taper neck. This is similar but SLIGHTLY heaftier (not nearly as thick as the 50s "C" shape tho). I find it absolutely perfect. This is one amazing axe. Everything good that has been said by other reviewers is true. Some said that it's pricy. Hey, it's way better than a LP and $700 cheaper!! It's a no brainer. You simply cannot buy a better sounding/playing/looking guitar. One criticism...I'm not impressed with the quality of these banjo tuners. They aren't very smooth, they're difficult to tune precicely, and they don't stay in tune as well as some others. But they ARE WAY cool looking. I wouldn't let it stop me from replacing this guitar if I ever had to (Heaven forbid).

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Favorite

By ZeppelinRckr_11

from Auburntown, TN

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

This is now my favorite guitar of any brand. It is so much different from other Gibsons, including pickups, tone, feel, and especially shape. The mini humbuckers have a great natural gain to them, with a slight hint of distortion with its volume on 3 or 4. The reverse headstock is cool looking, and the body style will grow on you if you don't like it right off. Lightweight, super fast neck, best materials used to make it too. One thing that I wasn't expectin is that it's longer than other guitars, not even fitting in my Gibson gig bag that I own. Of course, it had a few, small problems on it from assembly. My bridge pickup's tone nob was put on wrong, which normally wouldn't be a problem, except they were all put on so tight that I can't get it off! The rythm pickup's tone nob has a scratch on one side, just an accident I'm sure. The cable input ring keeps coming loose and sometimes so does the ring around the pickup switch. I've heard, and noticed, that Gibson has been gettin sloppy with the craftmanship of their instruments lately. I agree, but the little problems on mine do not affect the playing any though. Just some of the things that came on mine. But it is now my favorite guitar over all. But try before you buy, everyone has different taste, I know I sure do.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect guitar!

By Gibson Freak

from Falls Church,VA

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

Just bought this guitar about two weeks ago and its just great I love the pickups becuase you can get sort of a single coil sound with one pickup and the sound of a humbucker with both. The only complaint I have is that its a little too big... but overall it feels great to play for any style of music I recommend this guitar for someone who wants a single coil sound / humbucker sound.

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar

By JuggaJiggaWugga

from Everett, Wa.

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar I have ever played! Its easy to play and really great looking too! Good for a rock musician with style and class.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IT'S A FIREBIRD!!!

By mrwhenhow1

from Il

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

First of all let me just say these are hard to find. Next im a very experienced guitarist and have had many guitars and i must say this is by far the best thing that i've ever touched. It plays so smooth has a mind blowing sound both with and without an amp, and is about as rare as a dinosaur. I highly recommend it

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Firebird V

By Mark the Bluesman

from littlerock Ca.

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

Finally got my Firebird after 2 months on special order, but worth the wait. Finish was flawless,action was perfect however I always need to adjust intonation after putting my set of 10-46 strings on. the rear pickup was installed incorrectly and wobbled a lot but I fixed it quickly and easily. overall awesome sound and versatile. sounds like a Strat in the neck position, Les Paul with both pickups, Les Paul jr. on bridge pickup. This is the only neck-thru guitar Gibson makes and the sustain proves the point. My favorite guitar now after playing over 25 yrs.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly awesome guitar

By rich

from fort worth , tx.

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

What can i say............. everything the other rockers say about this instrument is true. it s a pleasure to play. I bought it a couple of weeks ago not sure if i would like the mini humbuckers but all my doubts have been put to rest. they sound so much different from the p 90's and the humbuckers. if i had to pick one guitar to take to a desert island it would be the bird.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Looks and sounds great, but the selector switch?

By Scott R.

from Oceanside, CA

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

I'm a fan of everything about this guitar except 1 thing, the location of the pickup selector switch. If you used to the switch being located by the knobs like the SG, or up near the top like the LP this could take a little getting used to. I am frequently switching between pickups during the course of songs and at first this was a real problem for me. Now it's only more of an inconvenience but still I wish it were up top like the LPs. Other than that, this guitar sings through my Marshall 900 just like every other gibson i've played through it. If the tone were not as good as it is, I might have given it 4 stars, but the switch location itself is not enough to take it down one full star. Killer Guitar!

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Guitar Ever

By GIB68SG

from Toms River, NJ

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

This is one of the best guitars, if not the best, that I have played. It is fairly light and easy to hold. The shape of the body makes it ridiculously easy to play. As for the tone, it can have a very bright tone for lead, and then can very easily be switched for rythm. The only complaint I would have about this guitar is the action on the neck is a little slow. Otherwise it is great. And the looks of it are outstanding as well.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Another Alabama-Slammer!

By JoeBob

from Litchfield, IL

Comments about Gibson Firebird V Electric Guitar:

Whoo man! This baby makes my mullet shine brighter than my Camaro! Since all music went to Hell after Skynard's plane crash and .38 Special moved to just playing casinos, I figgered most guitars stank now too. I was so pleased to find this southern belle at my local Guitar Center. She was such a beaut I done bought her, throwed her in my pick-up truck and took her home and slapped on a Rebel flag sticker and now we're rollin'!

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