Gibson guitars have just released and new line of guitar called the Firebird X. They figure that they took the best technology from guitars of the past few years and incorporated all these new advancements into this brand new revolutionary guitar. It has some very interesting combination all wrapped up into one guitar.
The body shape is taken from the 1960’s Firebird III. The only difference in the Firebird X is that they created it with a chambered body instead of solid one. This new design has many advantages. It makes the guitar slightly lighter, helps add a warmer sound to it due to the resonating ability factor (think about an acoustic guitar, the bigger it is the louder it is). In a side note here, the chambered body makes it easier to hear when it is not plugged in, not exactly like an acoustic, but only slightly louder then your standard unplugged electric guitar. This type of guitar design is also intended to help it obtain greater in sustain.
The Firebird hosts a unique bridge that has piezo pick up built in. This technology is from Gibson’s Dark Fire line. Gibson engineers have the single run through a studio-quality effective amplifier inside the guitar. This results in a stronger and more pleasant acoustic sound. How this sounds and reacts inside an electric guitar is anyone’s guess.
I have a Piezo pick up in my Larrivee L-03 and it works great. How it works is that by attacking my stringer harder, the louder the pick ups the single resulting in a louder sound. How this translates into increased volume in an electric guitar will be interesting to hear.
There is so much going on with Gibson’s Firebird X that it would take way too many posts to do it justice. So just check out this link and see for yourself how many bells and whistles this thing has in it. If I owned this guitar I would have this constant thought running in the back of my mind of when will this thing have to be brought into the old guitar shop for some work when it starts breaking down.
Anyone out there own one of this guitars?
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