Firebird

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Epiphone Firebird Logo
Epiphone Firebird Logo

The Epiphone Firebird is a Gibson-authorized copy of the classic Gibson Firebird. Most variations feature a mahogany body with a mahogany neck and the iconic Firebird headstock.

Gibson Firebird

Gibson had made forays into radical body shapes - the Flying V and Explorer in the 1950s - but they failed. The president of Gibson, Ted McCarty, hired car designer Ray Dietrich to design a guitar that would have popular appeal. Under Dietrich, the Firebird took on the lines of mid-50s car tailfins. Dietrich took the Explorer design and rounded the edges. The most unusual aspect is that the guitar is "backward" in that the right-hand (treble) horn of the body is longer than the other. Thus, the original Firebirds were unofficially referred to as "reverse".


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Models


Firebird Studio

Epiphone Firebird Studio
Epiphone Firebird Studio
Epiphone Firebird Studio
Epiphone Firebird Studio
  • 2006-Current
  • Alnico Classic & Classic Plus humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Steinberger 40:1 direct drive gearless tuners
  • White pickguard with red Firebird graphic
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black reflector knobs
  • Chrome hardware
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:



Korina Firebird

Epiphone Korina Firebird
Epiphone Korina Firebird
  • Alnico V humbuckers
  • Korina Body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Steinberger 40:1 direct drive gearless tuners
  • White pickguard with red Firebird graphic
  • Black top-hat knobs with silver inserts
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone Controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Natural Korina finish

See also: Korina Series



1963 Firebird-VII

Epiphone Firebird VII
Epiphone 1963 Firebird VII
Epiphone Firebird VII
Epiphone 1963 Firebird VII
  • 1999-2005
  • 3 Alnico-V mini-humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Gold hardware
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays
  • Grover tuners with gold tulip buttons
  • White pickguard with red Firebird graphic
  • Black top-hat knobs with silver inserts
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Maestro Lyre Vibrola tailpiece
  • 3 Vol/1 Tone with 3-way selector switch
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • $831 MSRP (2005)

Colors:



Firebird III

Epiphone Firebird
Epiphone Firebird
  • 1995-2000
  • OBL mini-humbuckers
  • Lamintaed Mahogany/Alder body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bolt-on Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • White pickguard with red "Firebird" graphic
  • Amber bell knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • $649 MSRP (2000)

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • White
  • Red
  • Vintage Sunburst



Firebird 300

Epiphone Firebird 300
Epiphone Firebird 300
  • 1986-1988
  • 1 EMG Select humbucker / 1 EMG Select single coil
  • Laminated Mahogany neck-through-body
  • Black hardware
  • Ebanol fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • White pickguard with black Firebird graphic
  • Locking Steinberger KB Tremolo
  • Black speed knobs
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

  • Red
  • Ebony
  • Silver
  • Vintage Sunburst



Firebird 500

Epiphone Firebird 500
Epiphone Firebird 500
  • 1986-1988
  • 2 EMG Select humbuckers
  • Laminated Mahogany neck-through-body
  • Black hardware
  • Ebanol fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • White pickguard with black Firebird graphic
  • Locking Steinberger KB Tremolo
  • Black speed knobs
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

  • Red
  • Ebony
  • Silver
  • Vintage Sunburst



Slasher

Epiphone Slasher FX
Epiphone Slasher
Epiphone Slasher FX
Epiphone Slasher FX
  • 2001 Limited Edition
  • E-Series Ultra Hot humbuckers
  • Engraved E-Series logo on pickup covers
  • Solid tonewood body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bolt-on Hard Maple neck with Super-Slide Satin Finish
  • Indian Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Explorer-S Headstock
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with sting-thru body
  • No pickguard
  • Black speed knobs
  • E-Series Smooth Tone potentiometers
  • 1 Vol / 1 Tone Knobs
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • Passive Electronics
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Slasher FX

  • Onboard Distortion and Chorus
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone, 1 Distortion Gain
  • 2 Mini Toggles for Effects Board
  • Active Electronics

Colors:

  • Metallic Black
  • Red Metallic
  • Metallic Light Blue

See also: E-Series, Hard Body Series



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