Today’s repair journal is featuring an Epiphone Firebird Studio:
The Firebird was the first guitar made at the the legendary Kalamazoo factory to use neck-through construction and was part of a series of unique instruments drawn up by car designer Ray Dietrich. Ray was commissioned by Gibson’s Ted McCarty to create new and radical designs for Kalamazoo-made electric guitars. Dietrich’s designs included the Flying V and the Explorer. Many in the industry were skeptical when these futuristic looking instruments were first released. The angular Firebird didn’t look like any guitar on the market when it was debuted in 1963. But now, the Firebird has become a staple axe of rock and roll guitarists and a wide range of artists including Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, Stephen Stills, and Tom Petty have made the Firebird a hit maker.
Here are some specs on this:
|Neck Profile||SlimTaper™ “D” profile|
|Neck Pickup||Alnico Classic humbucker|
|Bridge Pickups||Alnico Classic humbucker|
|Controls||Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Neck Tone, Bridge Tone, with full-size 500K O potentiometers.|
|Machine Heads||Premium die-cast 14:1 Steinberger designed|
These Steinberger Gearless style tuners proved to be somewhat annoying to setup at first. But after a few tries, we were able to get these to work pretty easily. I still prefer my standard tuners anyday over this headache. These seem like a good idea, but the idea that this sink into the shaft vs wrapping around still leads me to think that they are more prone to slipping that the standard ones. Just my $0.02.
While there are some differences between the Gibson and Epiphone, (carved headstock, 1/4″ jack placement, trapezoid fret markers, traditional mini humbuckers), the Epiphone’s feel is pretty darn close to the Gibson original.
Its always awesome to see unique or rare guitars here at Ant Hill Music. If you are ever in the Fort Lauderdale area, please come by and say Hello. If you happen to have your axe, bring it with you and we will give it the necessary TLC it needs and deserves.
With the arrival of the Fall season, summer is officially come to an end. I leave you with this great pic of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat. Enjoy the season change as we are enjoying the nicely deserved weather change…at least for a couple of days.
As always, play well and play on!