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Gibson Firebird V Model Classic White Guitar - Gibson Firebird V 2008 Model Classic White
There is no mistaking a Firebird V with its unique reversed zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock,
There is no mistaking a Firebird V with its unique reversed zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock, it is simply one of the most recognizable of all guitar profiles. First introduced in 1963, the Gibson Firebird was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich (Lincoln, Packard), enlisted by Gibson to bolster the guitar lines of the early 60s and help solidify the company's eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers. Dietrich's unconventional design was based loosely on both the legendary automobile tailfins of the 1950s and the Gibson Explorer, which had been introduced several years earlier.
Nitrocellulose Finish Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson guitar is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process. A properly applied nitro finish requires extensive man hours, several evenly applied coats, and an exorbitant amount of drying time. But this fact has never swayed Gibson into changing this time-tested method, employed ever since the first guitar was swathed with lacquer back in 1894. Why For starters, a nitro finish dries to a much thinner coat than a polyurethane finish, which means there is less interference with the natural vibration of the instrument, allowing for a purer tone. A nitro finish is also a softer finish, which makes it easily repairable. You can touch up a scratch or ding on a nitro finish, but you can?t do the same on a poly finish. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous in nature, and actually gets thinner over time. It does not seal wood in an airtight shell as a poly finish does and allows the wood to breathe and age properly.
Body Species - Mahogany
Hardware Plating Finish - Chrome
Tuners - Banjo In-line Tuners
Electronics Neck Pickup - Mini-Humbucker
Control Pocket Cover - Black Plastic
Neck Species - Mahogany/Walnut Laminate
Truss Rod - Cover Firebird cover, stamped with Gibson Logo
Fingerboard - Species Rosewood
Scale Length - 24 - 3/4"
Case Type - Gibson Hardshell