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    Les Paul Forum Member bizzwriter's Avatar
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    Firebird Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Excited to check out Joe's upcoming signature Firebird I (Epiphone). I've got a real soft spot for one-pickup Gibsons (Les Paul and SG Juniors especially), and this Firebird I definitely has my attention. Anyone got the inside scoop on what kind of neck carve it's going to have (fat I hope!).

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I bought the gold one in this picture from Joe for Charity. The guitar is amazing and the quality and sound is there. It plays and sounds like a vintage bird. Has nickle parts and a nice beefy neck. It will not disappoint.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Thank you for your generous donation King! All the money goes to the homeless. The guitars blew me away when I tried them. Enjoy!! I owe you one!!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Joe, I took it to band practice yesterday and played it through a brown Deluxe and a few pedals. I got the nod from the rest of the guys. It's a keeper. Very impressed with the probucker FB pickup and the guitar rings like a bell. It's every bit like a vintage bird! Well done.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    so what's the scoop on these ..big neck, great sound, charity proceeds ? ...sign me up for a trans cherry

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    so what's the scoop on these ..big neck, great sound, charity proceeds ? ...sign me up for a trans cherry
    Joe auctioned off the gold one. They are Epiphone Firebird 1's in two colors, the traditional sunburst and the gold. The one I have is Joe's artist proof and I think they are slated to hit the stores in October. The guitar is an excellent example, has a nice beefy neck, not a baseball bat but a little thicker than a 59 profile. The guitar has nickle parts and Epiphones version of the Burstbucker. I am blown away by the guitar. I have had a few of the originals and this one sounds and plays like a broken in vintage guitar. The fit and finish is custom shop material. My ONLY complain are the small dot fret markers. I wished they used the larger ones like Gibson. I didn't weigh the guitar but it is not heavy at all and no neck dive with the big banjo tuners. Not sure what the price will be but I am sure it will be a bargain. Mine came in a huge nice Gibson Firebird case. I will try and post some pics later on.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Here are some pics of the bird.....





    This was a Gibson custom color I think called Polymist Gold. It is applied well with a nice coat of Nitro Lacquer. The board is a one piece rosewood with pearl dots. I am sure Joe had it set up but out of the box it plays great. It has a nice Firebird snap to it and it also cleans up well. I would be happy to answer anymore questions. It's a lovely guitar and it was a great thing that Joe offered his example to auction off for the Midnight Mission for the homeless in LA.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by kharrison View Post
    I bought the gold one in this picture from Joe for Charity. The guitar is amazing and the quality and sound is there. It plays and sounds like a vintage bird. Has nickle parts and a nice beefy neck. It will not disappoint.
    Wow, wow, wow! I am SO in on one of these. Can't wait to get my hands on one. Thanks for the report kharrison! (And kudos for picking up Joe's prototype for the charity auction!)
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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by kharrison View Post
    Here are some pics of the bird.....

    sounds like it may be a cool low dollar guitar to own especially having a lacquer finish ..judging by that tree you may want to watch out for a wild woodpecker attack

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    so what's the scoop on these ..big neck, great sound, charity proceeds ? ...sign me up for a trans cherry
    I'm going to start with the sunburst -- if there's a trans cherry (or cardinal red or pelham blue) in future runs, then I'm going to end up with more than one of these!
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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    yeah ..a translucent cherry would be great ...the few recent Gibson fb1s that I've seen are 3k + ..that was what I meant by a low(er) dollar guitar ..not meaning or implying cheaply built

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I just did a quick search on this guitar. It looks amazing! Epiphone hit a homerun with this one. Can't wait to check this one out when it hits the streets!
    Last edited by Stephens; 08-29-16 at 09:55 PM.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I JUST got the Sunburst one! THANK YOU JOE!!!!!!!!!!! I really love it, great neck, light weight, very nice fit and finish. Like I said, I just got it, just tuned it and waiting for her to settle in a bit before I play her. I think she's going to be a good one. I'll plug her into TREASURE's old amp, the Gibsonette and see how she sounds. Thank you again my friend!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    yeah ..a translucent cherry would be great ...the few recent Gibson fb1s that I've seen are 3k + ..that was what I meant by a low(er) dollar guitar ..not meaning or implying cheaply built
    You could easily do burgundy mist over the gold. You just spray cherry over the existing finish.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    In fact ... I might do that myself!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Blair View Post
    You could easily do burgundy mist over the gold. You just spray cherry over the existing finish.
    thanks JJ but I'm cravin some cherry bird with grain not a solid color

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    But it's wahfer thin!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    well ...burgundy mist is an awesome color

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Silverman View Post
    I JUST got the Sunburst one! THANK YOU JOE!!!!!!!!!!! I really love it, great neck, light weight, very nice fit and finish. Like I said, I just got it, just tuned it and waiting for her to settle in a bit before I play her. I think she's going to be a good one. I'll plug her into TREASURE's old amp, the Gibsonette and see how she sounds. Thank you again my friend!
    Yes, they did a great job. How do you think the frets were applied?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Last edited by kharrison; 10-22-16 at 09:53 PM.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    well ...burgundy mist is an awesome color
    In Gibsonland it's called Heather Poly, lol!
    "A little bit of knowledge can be a very dangerous thing."

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot Easton View Post
    In Gibsonland it's called Heather Poly, lol!
    we're talkin Epi anyway

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Glad to hear all the positive comments about these, I pre-ordered one last week and should get it at the beginning of November.

    Seems like a cheap way to get into a Firebird I. And if it's nitro finished and has nickel parts then all the better!

    Are the production models definitely going to be nitro?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    we're talkin Epi anyway
    Do Epi use Fender colors?
    "A little bit of knowledge can be a very dangerous thing."

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Are you gents talking about cherry red over gold as a custom colour?

    In Gibson land that's Sparkling Burgundy.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot Easton View Post
    Do Epi use Fender colors?
    no ..but that ain't saying a Gibson or Epi can't be painted as such

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Just pre-ordered one of these in sunburst. NEVER thought I would EVER buy an Epiphone newer than 1965, but this one looks like a remarkable value. And -- as Joe's recent videos prove -- it sounds remarkably good to boot. Can't wait!



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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    First Epiphone that I have been interested in for a while now. Might have to pick one up!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Are these Made in China?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I'd love to have one with a Super Distortion in it!
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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kris Ford View Post
    I'd love to have one with a Super Distortion in it!
    you and them got-damn Super Distortions !

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    you and them got-damn Super Distortions !


    Tellin ya, it's a match made in heaven with my JMP Super Bass!
    Last edited by Kris Ford; 10-08-16 at 04:49 AM.
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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frutiger View Post
    Glad to hear all the positive comments about these, I pre-ordered one last week and should get it at the beginning of November.

    Seems like a cheap way to get into a Firebird I. And if it's nitro finished and has nickel parts then all the better!

    Are the production models definitely going to be nitro?
    Pre-ordered mine too! I'd really like to know if they are Nitro too?? If they are nitro and nickel already, I'm going to be soooo psyched!!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Do we know if this is a limited run? I am very interested, but it's not first in line for my GAS and I wouldn't want to miss out.

    ???

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Gress View Post
    Do we know if this is a limited run? I am very interested, but it's not first in line for my GAS and I wouldn't want to miss out.

    ???
    On Joe's site, it says the gold ones are limited to 1000 and the sunburst are only 600..
    Well, I just went back to the email I got about these and can't find where it said 600 on the tobacco burst, but I know I saw it...

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I have a sunburst one on order! Looking forward to it.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by JBLPplayer View Post
    Thank you for your generous donation King! All the money goes to the homeless. The guitars blew me away when I tried them. Enjoy!! I owe you one!!
    Joe, do you know if the production FB1's will be Nitro?
    Hope you don't mind me asking!?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Sure looks and smells like Nitro.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by kharrison View Post
    Sure looks and smells like Nitro.
    I don't doubt you at all. I was just wondering if the prototypes might be different than the production models..
    thanks for responding!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I had an Epi FB VII about 12 years ago that was amazing. I upgraded it with some better parts and a set of Seymour Antiquity's. I then found a Gibson FB VII in Coppermist and sold the Epi. But.. in some ways the Epi was a better guitar..

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