Gibson Elliott Easton "Tikibird" Firebird Electric Guitar

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A Distinctive ’Bird for a Trend-Setting Artist - Classic Features With Player-Approved Updates

As a member of Boston hit-makers The Cars, and a consummate musician in his own right, Elliot Easton has consistently bridged the gap between chart success and innovative, alternative guitar playing. From early Cars singles like “Just What I Needed” and “My Best Friend’s Girl,” to 1981’s “Shake It Up” (the band’s first Top 10 hit), Elliot’s creative, often quirky and frenetic riffs provided the propulsion to a driving and energetic sound—and in the process, Easton became a massively influential artist.

An enduring fan of Gibson electrics, Elliot has long been associated with a Signature SG. Now the artist and Gibson USA team up for a more alternative Signature model blending classic features with several player-approved advances: the Elliot Easton Firebird.

Resplendent in an exclusive new Gold Mist Poly finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, the Elliot Easton Firebird boasts a stunning look in the classic and ever-radical “reverse body” Firebird design, augmented by its hot-stamped Tiki graphic on a traditional multi-ply white plastic pickguard and Elliot Easton’s signature on the headstock’s back. It’s powered by a pair of Gibson’s most popular humbucking pickups with versatile coil-splitting and phase-reverse wiring for unprecedented sonic variety. A Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with Vibramate Spoiler for easy string loading gives you emotive dips and tremulous wobbles, while a new TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles offers excellent return-to-pitch during vibrato use. To top it off, a set of Steinberger gearless tuners give unparalleled tuning efficiency.

The Elliot Easton Firebird is made in the image of the original “reverse body” Firebirds of 1963-’65, with lines that appeared to be the reverse image of other solidbody styles on the market. It is constructed from a solid multi-piece mahogany neck/body section—called a “through neck”—with glued-on mahogany body wings. The neck is carved to Elliot’s preferred slim, fast Firebird profile, which measures 0.800” at the 1st fret and 0.850” at the 12th. It is topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with traditional trapezoid inlays and 22 medium-jumbo frets.

To fatten up the traditional Firebird tone, the Elliot Easton Firebird carries a pair of Gibson’s popular ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, long known for their blend of depth and clarity. They are rendered superbly versatile through a custom network of four slider switches mounted in the pickguard, accessing individual coil splitting for both pickups, phase-reverse when both are used together, and Gibson’s Pure True Bypass switching. The latter routes the bridge pickup directly to the output jack when engaged, for a quick preset lead tone with no loading. The coil-split switching offers something new, too: wired in Gibson’s “Frequency-Tuned Coil Tap” mode, the two pickups are still reverse-wound/reverse-polarity in the center position when tapped, for hum-canceling single-coil tones, and their individual tapped tones are still hum reducing, and more accurate to boot. The remaining controls include the traditional four-knob complement with three-way toggle switch.

Elliot’s input in the hardware department takes the Elliot Easton Firebird further into the stratosphere. A genuine Bigsby vibrato is modified with a Vibramate Spoiler string loader to take the usual hassle out of restringing this beloved whammy bar. A TonePros Tune-o-matic locks down tight for enhanced resonance and sustain, with nylon saddles to avoid string hitches during Bigsby use. Finally, a set of super-efficient Steinberger gearless tuners give you the smoothest tune-up imaginable, without spoiling the radical lines of the Firebird headstock. The traditional Firebird truss-rod cover is hot-stamped with a gold Gibson logo, and the custom multi-ply white plastic pickguard carries a hot-stamped Tiki graphic.

The Elliot Easton Firebird includes a Gibson USA hardshell case, a truss-rod adjustment tool, and an owner’s manual and adjustment literature. It is covered by Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.

Features:

  • Solid Mahogany body with Gold Mist Poly finish
  • Multi-piece Mahogany neck with slim, super-fast Firebird profile
  • Pair of '57 Classic Humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge and Bigsby vibrato with a Vibramate Spoiler string loader
  • Steinberger gearless tuners with 40:1 tuning ratio
  • Gibson Hardshell case included


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