Gibson 50th Anniversary Firebird

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Guitarist Johnny Winter not only was a prominent Texas Blues player, but also helped to put the Gibson Firebird on the map during his commercial heyday. And it’s not without reason as his legendary blues tone would not have been possible without the Firebird, which Gibson has continued with this 50th Anniversary edition. With a stunning gold-burst finish to complement its distinct shape and unique reverse styling, the Firebird’s SlimTaper neck allows for fast-action and a comfortable feel ideal for pulling up blues licks.

Two mini-humbucker pickups capture the best of both worlds in their tone and delivery, offering the punch typically associated with single coil rigs as well as the dark and warm tone that can only be achieved via the use of humbuckers. The neck-through-body construction of this guitar provides the type of sustain that can really make your tone sing, a feat enhanced by the neck’s 9-piece mahogany/walnut build. If you’re looking to channel the sound of many Texas Blues greats and do so with an impeccably unique visual appeal, the Firebird will help you to soar to new heights and then some.Rating: 4.25/5

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