Scott Holiday says in this video, “This firebird, I actually bought it before I ever touched it, which is never a smart thing to do, but I had finished our first record, Before the Fire, and used a gaggle of guitars, old Teles, and Esquires, and Strats, and Les Pauls, and just a whole bunch of instruments, never a Firebird though. When I went to go back and play the songs on the record, nothing I had was really defining what I wanted to do. Like it wouldn’t make the sounds of the record. So I started to look for a new guitar and I came across this one. I live in California and I found one online in T-Neck, New Jersey. It’s a 1999 Custom Shop historic of a 1965 Firebird. And I’ve replaced the pickups with a friend of mine’s pickups. His name is Tom Short. Kind of puts a, it’s not quite a firebird, it’s like a mini-humbucker version in a Firebird cap that he does. He does them for Mark Ford and quite a few other guys. I use all the settings on all the pickups. I had all the wiring redone, it’s basically like a Les Paul. So I can turn the middle pickup on at any time, off a pop, and then I have one volume for the other two. At any time I can get all three going, or any two, or any configuration. I use all the configurations and kind of change it up nightly with how the room feels and how things feel. As much as I want to use that vibrato, I just really don’t trust it. The maestro is one of the most tuneful vibratos, and definitely the coolest looking, but probably not the trustiest, so I never use it. I just tuck the bar back. That Firebird is a real man’s guitar. My wife plays as well, and this guitar just feels like a gigantic machine to her. She can’t really touch it. It’s got a really big neck. It’s quite heavy, the instrument. It’s not really long scale, but it feels long scale from the scale of how the guitar is. It’s a real rock and roll machine. I love it. It’s my number one. This is the guitar I use the most on stage, definitely.”more
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