Gibson Firebird 7

Gibson introduces the Firebird 7, featuring the same neck-through-body design but with three ’57 Classic humbuckers.

Gibson Firebird 7

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The company utilized an interesting mix of traditional design and modern hardware elements to build this new bird, all wrapped up in a grayish shade of blue finish called Blue Mist.

If you came here thinking that this is a 7-string Firebird then know that you are joining many of us who were mislead by the name. Still, the company is merely following the naming convention that they've been using with the Firebird line, so the label 7 is justifiable. It will probably just be awkward when they actually release a 7-string Firebird - because the number 7 is already taken.

The core design that made the Firebird popular is present, having a neck-through-body that is built from a 9-ply combination of mahogany and walnut. The company says that when combined with the guitar's mahogany wings, it "establishes a solid core for optimum resonance and sustain".

The neck is carved into Gibson's SlimTaper profile for a modern feel and is topped by a 12" radius rosewood fretboard. It has 22 frets, acrylic block inlays and the fingerboard is wrapped in white binding. A 1.695" wide tektoid nut keeps your strings in their proper position.

What separates this blue bird from the other Firebirds is its triple humbucker configuration, featuring three Alnico #2 '57 Classic humbucking pickups. Since other Firebirds usually come with mini-humbuckers, these PAF-based humbuckers offer a different tone and look flavor, they are expected to churn rock and blues friendly tones. The humbucking pickups are wired to a 3-way pickup selector, three volume knobs for each pickup and a master tone knob.

Firebird 7 comes with an improved Lyre vibrato tailpiece that adds to the guitar's overall classic appeal, and interestingly it is paired with a not so vintage set of gearless tuners from Steinberger. Wrapping up the guitar's distinct features include the traditional Firebird pickguard with phoenix graphic, and the reversed six-a-side Firebird headstock.

The guitar's Blue Mist finish is said to be a twist on the classic Gibson Pelham Blue, the finish used on the popular Dave Grohl ES-335. The MSRP for the new Firebird 7 is $2,599. For more information, head over to Gibson.

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