Motor City inspired design meets classic humbucking tone
By Alex Baker
The Gibson Firebird was one of the most radically-designed guitars in production when it was first introduced in the early Sixties. The design for the original 1963 Firebird was in part based on the Gibson Explorer but was heavily influenced by the tailfins of classic Detroit manufactured automobiles from the Fifties and Sixties. The Firebird was in fact designed by renowned automotive designer Ray Dietrich and over the years it’s been closely associated with musicians like Brian Jones, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, and Phil Manzera among others.
The new Gibson Firebird V 2010 retains the classic design of the original 1963 Firebird, with “reverse-body” styling and a reverse six-in-line “hawk’s head” headstock. It also features the classic Firebird through-body neck design, helping to increase sustain and resonance.
However the new model Firebird has been given a power boost thanks to twin ceramic magnet mini-humbucking pickups that exactly resemble the originals, while providing players with a palette of bright, twangy tones that are closer to what you’d expect from a Telecaster or Strat than any other guitar in the Gibson cannon. With ample bite and tone controls that also make it possible to get classic humbucking tone, the Firebird V 2010 is an incredibly versatile guitar.
The new Gibson Firebird V 2010 is available in three colors: Vintage Sunburst, Ebony Black, and Classic White. Other appointments include pearloid, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, beveled headstock, and a Firebird pickguard motif that makes it virtually indistinguishable from the 1963 original.
For more information on this beautiful reissue of a one-of-a-kind classic, visit gibson.com.