American Musical Supply
American Musical Supply
1-800-458-4076
AMS Advantage
American Musical Supply

Almost OK
By: Bluesman Sammy Guy from NE Pa.      Submitted: 11/7/2012

Overall Rating


Quality




General




Tone


Finish




Was this review helpful?

Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The woodwork and finish are good. Not great, but pretty good. I like satin finishes and this one is not too bad. I can see the seems where the wood was glued together. Pickup holes seem to be routed too large. Pickups wobble in the holes. General Your general opinion of this product. I was a bit disappointed when I received this guitar. I had a 1976 Firebird purchased new in '76. It got run over by my bass player and I wanted to get something to replace it that did not cost thousands of bucks. This is a far cry from that one. The finish is good, I like the satin and the feel of the wood grain under the finish. But regardless of other reviewers, it is top heavy and not balanced well. The pickups are mini humbuckers set into the body with plastic rings. THEY WOBBLE. I mean, they are so loose that they hit the wood when you move around. Totally unacceptable as is. I called Gibson, and they said it must have loosened and wanted me to send it to them. I took the pickups out and looked myself first. There was nothing loose. The screws that hold the pickups in were securely screwed into the metal thing that sets inside the pickup hole. It is a bad design, as there is nothing that can be done to tighten up the pickups. I put a piece of foam in hole to keep from moving. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Here is the reason I did not send it back. Sounds great! Like a Firebird should. I took the whole thing apart before I even tried playing it, to address the loose pickup issue. Before I went to the trouble to send it back, I plugged it in. Sounds incredible! The tone saved the deal. Like an old friend, sounds as good as my original. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Satin finish is nice. Tuners are too close together. Chrome is flawless. Pick guard well made, but wood could have been sanded better in some places. Some frets were sharp where they meet the edge of the fingerboard. I needed to use a dremel tool and rubber point to smooth them.
A Great Guitar masquerading as a decent guitar!!
By: Randy Sandmann from Atco, NJ      Submitted: 10/16/2012

Overall Rating


Quality




General




Tone


Finish




Was this review helpful?

Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It's a Gibson, the quality is there in spades for this price point. Don't expect it to be a $3000 Les Paul and you won't be disappointed General Your general opinion of this product. As the title suggests, this is a GREAT Guitar being sold as a good guitar. It is far better than it's price suggests. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The tone is thick yet cutting. Really not bad out of the box, but I am putting P-90's in mine, ASAP. They will make this Bird soar... Finish How did the stain or paint job look? This is where Gibson saved all the cash. I love silverburst, but hate this finish. It really looks cheap non e of the grain is filled in and it looks like it was painted with a brush... YECH!! But.., the satin finish on the neck is a plus, as it won't get sticky on a hot summer night gig!!
Great Guitar - No Avail Case = 4 stars
By: Amp360 from Ellicott City, MD      Submitted: 9/13/2012

Overall Rating


Quality




General




Tone


Finish




Was this review helpful?

Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? All in all it’s an extremely solid guitar that while stripped down delivers in the tone department. I am still not that crazy about the satin finish but it feels nice and from a few feet back you can’t really tell. I may end up spraying clear on it (although there is no grain filler) or buffing it out but honestly it sounds and plays so nice I’ll probably just leave it as is. This could easily compliment someone who is looking for a different shape and a distinct sound but still wants to keep it traditional. Of all the Tribute models this one is the one I would buy first! General Your general opinion of this product. I did a big review on my blog tan pants dot net. The big thing I DON'T like is there is no case available from this. There should be a Gibson one out as an accessory. I'm not sure if it will fit in the regular FB case but even that is hard to find. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? What it really comes down to is how the guitar sounds. I can tell you that I was shocked at how ‘Firebird like’ this guitar is. I expected it to be more like an SG given the construction but when plugged into a clean 1956 Fender Deluxe it has the almost Telecaster/Gretsch twang on the low end and that distinctive Firebird high end. It really sounds great! To get an idea on how it sounds dirty I ran it into a Klon Centuar and all I can say is look out! All of the notes remain defined and the character of the guitar comes through in spades. It’s a classic Gibson sound, but very different from a Les Paul or SG. This is going to sound nutty but I would love to use this on some country stuff. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The first thing out of the case that struck me was how nice the finish looked. I have seen the faded finish on some Les Paul and SG models but I had never seen the Silverburst in faded. While the other colors look kind of cheap, the faded treatment really lends itself to this color.
Loading....