In this Depeche Mode performance warming up for the Spirit Tour live in Berlin March 17, 2017, at [19:40](https://youtu.be/B0eTFGab_lI?t=19m40s) they play *A pain that I'm used to (Lu Cont remix)*. Martin L. Gore can be seen playing a Gibson Firebird V in a Vintage Sunburst finish. While the body of the guitar is that of a normal Gibson Firebird V, the headstock is pointing down as it would in a Gibson Non-Reverse Firebird V model.more
http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/legendary-guitars-clarence-708.aspx From a Gibson article: "In many ways, it makes sense that Brown took up an instrument that relatively few guitarists accepted, at first blush at least, upon its initial release. The “reverse-bodied” Firebirds of 1963-’65 were just too far out of left field for many players, and evolved into the “non-reverse” models in 1965, which themselves only held out until the end of the decade. Considered by some collectors to be a “step down” from the reverse-bodied examples, the Firebirds of the late ’60s incorporated glued-in rather than through-body necks, and the lower models in the range (the I and III) carried P-90 pickups. The more deluxe Firebird V — Brown’s choice — and VII retained the mini-humbucking pickups that had first appeared on the reverse ’Birds in 1963."more
In [this interview](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/aaron-lewis-0820.aspx), while talking about the various guitars in his collection, Aaron says, "It’s a good Firebird. Those ’76 limited editions were good Firebirds. The Explorers that came out in ’76 with the black wax pickups on the back are quite good, too, and one of the few I haven't picked up yet. "more
This is UMA. One of only 2 guitars I have left from the Silvertide era. Early 2000's. She has been thru quite a lot with me. World tours, broken head stocks (x2), endless pickup modifications and more. I'm very happy with her current setup. The SD Antiquity Firebird pups are fantastic. And the recent addition of a Bigsby is a total win. She will KILL BILL! - Nick Perrimore
Mine is a 90 cardinal red, I've added a Bigsby on it with a Vibramate, played with 11-48. Ringing, beautiful crunch tones with tons of harmonics, great for slide. It's a bit heavy but you get used to it, better with a large strap. Well, it's a Firebird :)
This is a serious block of furniture! Replaced the banjo tuners with gearless stienbergers and the Gibson stock pickups with Joe Bardens. Now it's even better. Great chunky rhythm and fat leads.