Gibson 50th Anniversary Firebird
Gibson celebrates the golden anniversary of the Firebird with a gold finished 50th anniversary edition.
This golden instrument is a fitting tribute to the original chrome and tailfins inspired guitar that was released in 1963.
This gold-on-gold tribute to the original Firebird bears all the essential markers of the original, including its unique neck-through construction, Firebird mini-humbuckers, and reversed headstock. What distinguishes this new guitar however is that it is wrapped in sparkling Bullion Gold nitrocellulose finish.
To match its gold finish, the 50th Anniversary Firebird comes with genuine gold-plated hardware, while the black pickguard and control knobs match the rosewood neck and headstock. The pickguard is stamped in gold with “50th Anniversary 1963-2013”, and the Firebird Phoenix logo.
Underneath the gold and glitter is a body made of mahogany, the same wood that helped propel Gibson to its iconic status today. The neck is also made of mahogany topped with a rosewood fingerboard, completing the tried and tested guitar design that is at the core of Gibson's most successful instruments.
The reversed six-a-side headstock were originally equipped with banjo tuners, but on this guitar, Gibson employed modern Steinberger gearless tuners which gives it a no tuning keys look, while having modern tuning stability and efficiency.
Gibson equipped the new Firebird with re-engineered Firebird Mini Humbucking pickups. They are described to have ceramic magnets and wound with 44 AWG wire in the neck position and 45 AWG wire in the bridge position. These pickups are designed to provide the classic Firebird tone with improved punch and clarity. Rounding up its hardware is the pairing of a tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece.
As expected, the 50th Anniversary Firebird does not come cheap, with a MSRP of $3,332. As of this writing, the guitar is already retailing online for around $2,000. For more information on the Golden Firebird, visit Gibson.
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