I'm building a Firebird clone

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Postby cllvt » Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:42 pm

That is looking real good! Look forward to more pics. :D
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Postby slickcat » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:00 pm

That is just TOO beautifull. :shock:
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And if you cant build it....

Postby slickcat » Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:11 pm

For people like me who cant build it....
http://www.jsdguitarshack.com/dillion_firebird_vs.html
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:22 pm

I've made some more progress. I've got the fingerboard on and the inlays put in (I haven't done the side ones yet) and the neck is almost finished...I just have a bit more shaping to do. I've got a pretty beefy profile on the neck and I'm doing a profile similar to the SRV necks Warmoth offers.

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Postby ricochet » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:04 pm

Very pretty!

Is that an ebony fingerboard?
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:19 pm

Yep, none of my other guitars have an ebony board, so I figured I might as well put one on this. My fret markers are slightly misaligned, though.
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Postby ricochet » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:42 pm

Looks nice!
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:18 pm

Thanks.
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Postby cllvt » Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:48 am

Looks great! Thanks for the photos!! :)
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Postby rustyslide » Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:20 am

Looks awesome!
I love ebony - my newest guitar has an ebony board and truss rod cover (on a rosewood peghead veneer).
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Postby guitarslim101 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:55 am

rustyslide wrote:Looks awesome!
I love ebony - my newest guitar has an ebony board and truss rod cover (on a rosewood peghead veneer).


Ooh, that'd look pretty cool. I'm going to do some sort of wooden truss rod cover, but I'm not sure what I'm going to use yet.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:42 pm

guitarslim101 wrote:
At this rate, I should be done by the end of the month.


And clocking in at just under 5 years later, I've finally finished it. I ran into a number of roadblocks along the way, got frustrated for long periods of time, work, school, girlfriend, etc. Got the urge to finish it last week, though, so here it is (pardon the poor photos).

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Ended up opting for the Bigsby (after first pondering a few different tailpiece options, hence the block of walnut at the tail and the plugged stop tail holes), got rid of the misaligned fret dots, slimmed the neck down just a touch, and went with boiled linseed oil for the finish. It sounds great, plays real nice, and looks pretty damn good hanging on the wall. Doesn't sound quite like a traditional firebird thanks to the thicker body, reminds me more of an SG, but I'm liking it. I had one of the pickups in my tele for a couple years, so I sort of knew what to expect. I've got a little bit of tweaking left on it, but at least it's functional now.
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Re: I'm building a Firebird clone

Postby leftyguitarman » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:09 pm

I think this thread is a sign that I need a Firebird. I saw a Firebird thread on another forum yesterday, found out Eastwood makes left handed Firebirds for $400, then some Gov't Mule songs where Warren plays a Firebird came on, then this thread. I think I need one!

It's cool to see you finished this guitar. Althought, it did take a while :wha: :wink:

Glad you're enjoying it. What sort of pickups did you use?
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Re: I'm building a Firebird clone

Postby guitarslim101 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:10 am

They're the Seymour Duncan Antiquity Firebird pickups. They've each spent some time in other guitars over the last few years, but they do sound very nice in this guitar. The neck pickup sounded awesome in my Tele, though, so I may have to get another one. As an added bonus, one of the pickups is wired backwards, so I get the Peter Green out of phase tone with both pickups on.
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Like the work bench too!

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:03 am

guitarslim101 wrote:Image
Hey Slim, it looks great here!
But actually, I'm jealous of that fabulous traditional work bench!
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