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Show off your Birds - The Thunderbird/Firebird thread

Norton

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I've been enjoying the 335 and Explorer threads so went searching for a Firebird/Thunderbird thread. I found one from 2007 but most of the images were long gone, might as well start another unless there's a more recent one that I missed.

I've always thought it was one of the best designs to ever come out of Kalamazoo and would love to see what other members of the forum have in their fleets - I'll kick it off with my '65 II. The covers were long gone when I got so I decided to keep this one without them, it does have a cracked headstock repair like all too many of them but it doesn't effect the play-ability in the least. Who else has a got a bird to share? All numbers and variations welcome


 

Grog

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I always wanted a set of vintage birds but settled for new. The bass might have been the first new bass I ever bought. Bass is 2011, guitar 2012.

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Norton

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Thunderbird Thursday - Some great birds here! @Grog I've always wanted a matched pair but I'm not a good enough guitar player to justify it!

I've always preferred the thinner neck profile of the reverse birds but I still have the NR's in the collection. Here's my '67 IV, a bit punchier than my 64's/65 and got plenty of usage over the years.

 

wmachine

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My EPI Slash Firebird. A really great guitar actually. But it is a unicorn. It is not a real Firebird as such. Doesn't sound like a Firebird. Or any other guitar I can think of.

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RocknRollShakeUp

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Well this is an imposter, but here's my Kauer Banshee I. Gibson sent him a C&D letter and he's had to change the design, which became the Banshee II.
I just thought y'all will get a kick out of this pre C&D version.
When I bought it, it had PAF style pickups and it was a metallic orange of some type with black plastic p/u rings. I had it refinished it in the color you currently see, had the pick guard aged, put in metal p/u rings and put in the full humbucker sized Lollartrons. Very fun guitar and weighs around 6.9lbs with NO neck dive whatsoever; it is made out of Spanish Cedar if I remember right. It sounds twangy chimey and bright, but still can get some great AC/DC tones.
I also would love to get a Gibson CS reverse Firebird with vintage style firebird p/u's, one of these days.
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Coachmoe

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Left to Right: 2016 Epi Bonamassa Treasure in Polymist Gold, 2002 Historic FB I in Cardinal Red, 2002 FB VII in Blue Mist, 2002 FB V in Desert Burst ( one of 250 in this color ), 2009 FB V In Classic White, 2019 FB I Limited Edition in Frost Blue, 2017 FB V in Pelham Blue, 2020 IBG Epiphone FB V in Inverness Green ( refinished ). The vibrolas were all added by me with the exception of the FB VII.

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