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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    I should have either a Centralab or CTS. `63 was a change-over year for pots at Gibson. By `64 they were using CTS almost exclusively. Volume should be 500K and the Tone should be a 250K. Reason for that is in a single pickup guitar you have a few more higher freq.'s than in a 2-pickup guitar. Using a 250K rolls off some of the topend.
    Caps were also a transition that year going from Sprague .022's (a 160P model mylar cap) to a Sprague .022 ceramic disc cap. I've found SG's with both types made in `63. By `64 they used the flat, ceramic disc caps in all solid body guitars. The 160P's were still used in the semi's & archtop's and when the Les Paul's were re-introduced in mid `68, those had the 160P's.
    Great info TM1! Thanks!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Gary View Post
    Just for the record, I have a set of the new Kluson Firebird tuners and a set of the plastic buttons. As near as I can measure them, (on a digital "fish" scale), the tuners with hardware weigh 12 ounces. The metal buttons on their own weigh 2.5 ounces, so the plastic buttons are saving around 2 ounces total. I find it hard to believe that would make a noticeable difference, but, in my experience, every bit counts when it comes to weight on the headstock. Any guitar I have with Grovers has plastic tuner buttons for that reason.
    If they're anything like the old ones, they're probably nickel plated lead or some sort of pot metal. I once had a set of the original, late Sixties Wafflebacks and wanted to remove the buttons to put plastic ones on. The damn tips melted as I was heating them up with my torch. They did come off nice & neat and I got a set of "Uncle Lou's" tips installed and they look perfect on my R-7 LP Custom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amp360 View Post
    Here's mine pre refinish.




    Here I am right now:

    I used an old wrap around from the 60s, aged the tuners and knobs and added some NOS CTS pots along with a .027 Cornell Dublier cap and a Lollar Firebird pickup (I had to drill out the Epiphone ring for it to fit. I bought it used if you go new buy Lollar's ring).

    The last thing I'm waiting for are new dots for the neck. The Epi dots don't look right to me.

    I got mine just to play slide on for one tour this spring. I mainly wanted something that would look cool and I didn't want to spend much money because I don't play slide all that much. I have about $100-$125 into this one and am pretty happy with it so far.


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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?


    Put a Gibson truss rod cover on your chinese guitar and it becomes a real Gibson






    Yeah no.. Still an Epiphione. I would really like to see a Terada made Elitist version. Would probably be double what the Chinese one costs.. but the finish, etc would certainly be alot better..

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    If they're anything like the old ones, they're probably nickel plated lead or some sort of pot metal. I once had a set of the original, late Sixties Wafflebacks and wanted to remove the buttons to put plastic ones on. The damn tips melted as I was heating them up with my torch. They did come off nice & neat and I got a set of "Uncle Lou's" tips installed and they look perfect on my R-7 LP Custom.
    Don ..did the waffleback tuners have the same button shaft as used with plastic keystones ?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I wonder how big a job it would be to strip the poly from a burst, and re-finish with nitro?
    Would the burst come off with the poly if you took the poly off with a heat gun?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie C. View Post
    I wonder how big a job it would be to strip the poly from a burst, and re-finish with nitro?
    Would the burst come off with the poly if you took the poly off with a heat gun?
    If you do it just sand it. Mine was thick but came off pretty easily.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    Don ..did the waffleback tuners have the same button shaft as used with plastic keystones ?
    Gary; Yeah, exactly the same except the buttons.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amp360 View Post
    If you do it just sand it. Mine was thick but came off pretty easily.
    I'd like to get all the poly off without ruining the burst though..
    I wouldn't worry about the color if I was going to paint it, but I'd like to keep the burst color if I can?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie C. View Post
    I'd like to get all the poly off without ruining the burst though..
    I wouldn't worry about the color if I was going to paint it, but I'd like to keep the burst color if I can?
    Stevie; most likely not possible as usually the dark band around the outside is painted after the main colour coat, but just before the top clear coat.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    My wife ordered me one today off Joe's website. She did the package deal with the concert tickets and the meet and greet 🤘!

    Can't wait to get the guitar and put it through the rig and..... can't wait for the show and to meet Joe!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I told my wife that and she said she is waiting to buy me the "TOTAL PACKAGE". The guitar, the concert tickets, the meet and greet, and Joe's restraining order on me, and the divorce...

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by renderit View Post
    I told my wife that and she said she is waiting to buy me the "TOTAL PACKAGE". The guitar, the concert tickets, the meet and greet, and Joe's restraining order on me, and the divorce...
    Good luck with all those Ren..

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Mine arrived today- it surpassed my expectations. It is a really great guitar and sounds so unique to anything else in the stable. Great sounding low output humbucker, fantastic finish, comfy neck and amazing sustain. It just rings like a piano with the simple wraparound bridge. It has a certain clarity and snap that sounds so different (in a good way) when comparing to any other humbucker or even a P-90. I see a lot of playing time in the near future with this guitar.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Now I am working on light relic….
    need more a few days….

    JUN


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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Looks cool!

    Here is mine. I just have to trim the truss rod cover a tad before getting it on correctly.


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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    With a red guitar...on fire.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Well, my Sunburst FBI finally arrived!!
    Haven't had much time to play it yet, but it is easily the nicest looking Epi I've ever seen!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Dan; Nice! The reason that Gibson went to the 9-ply Mahogany/Walnut lam's is that it strengthens the neck. Every other lamination has the grain running 180 degrees the opposite of the previous one. Makes for a strong board! Cuts way down on the amount of Rejects..
    another reason is that you don't need one huge piece of quarter-sawn mahogany if you use laminates
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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Such cool guitars!

    Any neck dive issues with these?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by RocknRollShakeUp View Post
    Such cool guitars!

    Any neck dive issues with these?
    They are a bit neck heavy, but once you plug in, it sounds so good you don't even notice. These are really nice guitars.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amp360 View Post
    Looks cool!

    Here is mine. I just have to trim the truss rod cover a tad before getting it on correctly.

    Damn, that looks great!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by JUN View Post
    Now I am working on light relic….
    need more a few days….

    JUN

    Any more pics??

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    What do the backs of your sunburst Bonamassas look like on mine the black ends abruptly at the back edge

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robin B View Post
    What do the backs of your sunburst Bonamassas look like on mine the black ends abruptly at the back edge
    Same here... love mine!!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie C. View Post
    Same here... love mine!!
    Like my Gold one better just feels better

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Damn, that looks great!
    Thanks!!!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Placed a deposit on a gold one- should have it next week!
    I love single pickup guitars... but the idea of having a firebird III type guitar, with the wrap tail is appealing!

    Would the pick guard have any routing under it??

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    I have a firebird already with 2 vintage spec mini hums.

    but this JB sure is tempting, all the guitars you guys have posted in the thread look fantastic!!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Heyhey,
    I just ordered one of these bad boys
    I found a shop in Europe that still had a sunburst one for sale, so I went for it. Can't wait for it to arrive.
    For those who have one, I'd have a couple of questions, would be great if you could help me out:

    I want to get some CTS pots straight away, so could anyone tell me whether the pots are long or short shaft? Usually the Gibson types don't fit into Epiphones, but this being a special run (and not a Les Paul) I'm not sure.

    Also, I think of replaycing the studs and anchors. Has anyone tried to replace the studs and anchors with the slightly longer vintage style ones? Would those fit into the pre-drilled holes?

    Finally, any need to replace the tailpiece? I'm thinking of getting an aged historic lightning bolt, but if if the stock one is basically the same (without the aging) then theres no real use for that for me.


    You help would be very much apprciated, thanks!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    There is still a new Sunburst Joe B. FB1 for sale at Northern Kingdom Music in Bangor, Maine...

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Heyhey,
    I just ordered one of these bad boys
    I found a shop in Europe that still had a sunburst one for sale, so I went for it. Can't wait for it to arrive.
    For those who have one, I'd have a couple of questions, would be great if you could help me out:

    I want to get some CTS pots straight away, so could anyone tell me whether the pots are long or short shaft? Usually the Gibson types don't fit into Epiphones, but this being a special run (and not a Les Paul) I'm not sure.

    Also, I think of replaycing the studs and anchors. Has anyone tried to replace the studs and anchors with the slightly longer vintage style ones? Would those fit into the pre-drilled holes?

    Finally, any need to replace the tailpiece? I'm thinking of getting an aged historic lightning bolt, but if if the stock one is basically the same (without the aging) then theres no real use for that for me.


    You help would be very much apprciated, thanks!

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Heyhey,
    I just ordered one of these bad boys
    I found a shop in Europe that still had a sunburst one for sale, so I went for it. Can't wait for it to arrive.
    For those who have one, I'd have a couple of questions, would be great if you could help me out:

    I want to get some CTS pots straight away, so could anyone tell me whether the pots are long or short shaft? Usually the Gibson types don't fit into Epiphones, but this being a special run (and not a Les Paul) I'm not sure.

    Also, I think of replaycing the studs and anchors. Has anyone tried to replace the studs and anchors with the slightly longer vintage style ones? Would those fit into the pre-drilled holes?

    Finally, any need to replace the tailpiece? I'm thinking of getting an aged historic lightning bolt, but if if the stock one is basically the same (without the aging) then theres no real use for that for me.


    You help would be very much apprciated, thanks!
    ....anyone....?

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    ....anyone....?
    Why not see if you need to first? I haven't felt the need to change a thing. The studs and bridge work fine.
    The older I get, the better I was.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    Why not see if you need to first? I haven't felt the need to change a thing. The studs and bridge work fine.
    Right, but changing the pots ususally always make sense with Epiphones. Many folks around here even change them straight away on Gibsons.
    I also wanted to go for a 250k tone pot as suggested by TM1. So it would be great to know whether the CTS pots usually intended for Gibsons would fit here.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Right, but changing the pots ususally always make sense with Epiphones. Many folks around here even change them straight away on Gibsons.
    I also wanted to go for a 250k tone pot as suggested by TM1. So it would be great to know whether the CTS pots usually intended for Gibsons would fit here.
    The pots appear like standard pots too me.
    The older I get, the better I was.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Thanks Big Al!

    Unless someone else chimes in I'll order a pair of those.
    Still happy to hear about your experiences re the tailpiece, studs and anchors.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Thanks Big Al!

    Unless someone else chimes in I'll order a pair of those.
    Still happy to hear about your experiences re the tailpiece, studs and anchors.
    I'm not an Epi fan, yet I cannot express how much I enjoy this guitar. I have wanted a burst FB I ever since I saw Steven Stills just ripp on one way back when. As is it delivers vintage performances and the bridge intonates much better than my old FB III. The pickup is nice.
    The older I get, the better I was.

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al View Post
    I'm not an Epi fan, yet I cannot express how much I enjoy this guitar. I have wanted a burst FB I ever since I saw Steven Stills just ripp on one way back when. As is it delivers vintage performances and the bridge intonates much better than my old FB III. The pickup is nice.
    Mine came today, it's absolutely beautiful. I'm so much looking forward to start playing it.
    I've been playing Jazz almost exclusively for the past 15 years, almost as long as I play guitar altogether. No bending, no overdrive, no bridge pickup. I bought this guitar with the promise to myself to get a bit of blues and rock playing on. Thats what I will work on consistently for the next year or so. I've always listened to Cream, Butterfield, Bluesbreakers, Led Zep etc, but never tried to play any music like that. I was too obsessed with Charlie Parker and the Real Book I guess...
    So having a bridge PU only in this guitar is ideal. I'll put a set of 10's on and start working on my vibrato and bending. The first 2 solos I want to transcribe are Albert's Shuffle and Killing Floor by Bloomfield. Two of my favourites. My 175 is in the case and stored away already. I'll start tomorrow, and this amazing FB1 will be my companion
    Really happy

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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Mine plays very well with 9s.
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    Re: Bonamassa Signature Firebird I?

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Mine came today, it's absolutely beautiful. I'm so much looking forward to start playing it.
    I've been playing Jazz almost exclusively for the past 15 years, almost as long as I play guitar altogether. No bending, no overdrive, no bridge pickup. I bought this guitar with the promise to myself to get a bit of blues and rock playing on. Thats what I will work on consistently for the next year or so. I've always listened to Cream, Butterfield, Bluesbreakers, Led Zep etc, but never tried to play any music like that. I was too obsessed with Charlie Parker and the Real Book I guess...
    So having a bridge PU only in this guitar is ideal. I'll put a set of 10's on and start working on my vibrato and bending. The first 2 solos I want to transcribe are Albert's Shuffle and Killing Floor by Bloomfield. Two of my favourites. My 175 is in the case and stored away already. I'll start tomorrow, and this amazing FB1 will be my companion
    Really happy
    Congrats!!

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