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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 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.
My First guitar and the best guitar in my home.It was awesome because I didn't expect it to be so good when I first bought it on Amazon.Anyone out there looking for a good guitar that won't break your bank buy this.