> This guitar has had an interesting journey!! Started out white when I bought it around the making of “One By One.” As a matter of fact it’s the guitar I’m playing in the “All My Life” video. I hated the banjo tuners so my tech, Sean Cox, switched ‘em out for regulars tuners and put ‘em on each side of the headstock. People used to trip out on that. Somewhere along the line I had it painted Pelham Blue and put back to it’s original style. Switched the pickups out for better, hotter mini-humbuckers so this thing really wails. I’m sad to say I’m just not big enough to play a Firebird. Too neck heavy and the neck is too wide for my lil’ hands. That’s why I play non-reverse Firebirds now. Super cool guitar anyway. Channel your inner Andy McCoy!!more
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
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
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
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.
One of my favourite axes. Sounds somewhere in between an SG and a tele. Took my a while to get a second hand one in nice condition as thee babies are pretty rare in Europe. My has the Kluson tuners (instead of the modern Steinbergs) so it is pretty heavy on the head, prone to dive. The Firebird is like a wild horse, you have to learn how to ride it.
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 this guitar is Amazing.
Pat uses this as his go-to grunge guitar. his looks just like this one, but with an added in/out of phase mini toggle switch and tortishell pickguard. recommend I do if you can afford it. best heard on our cover of Nirvana's "Lithium".