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PSA: Gibson 'Reissue' Firebird pickups [also Dirty Fingers 'Single Magnet', Kramer Neptune]

jb_abides

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Has anyone noticed Gibson is somewhat stealthily selling their Firebird Reissue pickup in the Gibson Pickup Shop under "new arrivals"... they pop up next to the 1959 Collector Edition Exclusives.

These appear to be the same A5 Firebird pickups employed in newer Custom Shop Firebirds, contrasting with prior ceramic versions seen in F'Birds from the HJ-era.

Perhaps Gibson figured out why not give folks the chance to use them in their HJ-era USA F'Birds instead of the stock ceramics, since they loose all the swap-out business to Seymour Duncan, Jason Lollar, and Klein.

At $130 per pickup, they are priced to undercut the SD Antiquities... Anyone try them, or have them in a recent Custom Shop Firebird?

Does this precede and portend re-introduction of F'Bird guitars in the USA line? I wonder, since the numbers might not be there, or they'll use set-neck not neck-thru in USA to keep costs down... Hmm.

Firebird™ pickups have been favorites of players in the know since the model was first released in 1963. While humbucking, they should not be confused with other externally similar-looking mini humbucker™ models. Internally, Firebird pickups use two bar magnets around which the coils are wound, giving them a distinctive tone that is somewhat sonically similar to single coils; bright and clear in the highs with the full, tight lows you expect from a humbucker. The Firebird Reissue is wound to vintage 1960s specs, wax-potted to eliminate microphonic feedback, and is offered here for the first time as an aftermarket product.
  • Position: Any
  • Magnet: Alnico 5
  • Wiring: 2-Conductor
  • Cover: Nickel
  • Wax potted
  • Average DC Resistance: 6.5k
  • Details: Historically accurate Firebird replica, made to vintage 1960s specifications
  • First time available as an aftermarket product
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Also "new arrivals":

Dirty Fingers 'Single Magnets'

... and a Kramer Neptune reissue.

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El Gringo

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This is very cool news . As I have been thinking about playing my Firebird V which does have the ceramic pickups . Thank You for the info .
 

zhivago

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Very interesting, a few weeks ago I swapped the ceramics that came with my 2017 Firebird V to Oil City Winterizers that are A5s and the difference is night and day. Lower gain, more chime and more clarity.
 

El Gringo

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Update time , I have a set of the new Firebird pickups due to arrive in a few days .I could not resist this . A5 magnets , 6.5K for the neck , 9 K for the bridge . Wax potted . I am very curious how these pickups will sound thru my rig . Lastly the price was too nice to pass up ! I will throw some new strings on my 1991 Cardinal Red Reverse Gibson Firebird V with the factory ceramic pickups and play her a bit with the factory ceramic pickups so I can properly a/b and compare before the new pickups are installed .
 

jb_abides

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Update time , I have a set of the new Firebird pickups due to arrive in a few days .I could not resist this . A5 magnets , 6.5K for the neck , 9 K for the bridge . Wax potted . I am very curious how these pickups will sound thru my rig . Lastly the price was too nice to pass up ! I will throw some new strings on my 1991 Cardinal Red Reverse Gibson Firebird V with the factory ceramic pickups and play her a bit with the factory ceramic pickups so I can properly a/b and compare before the new pickups are installed .

Looking forward to your report.
 
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