Epiphone Custom Shop Firebird V Vintage Sunburst Korea 2007
Epiphone Firebird V, made in Korea 2007, vintage sunburst. The Firebird has got to be one of the coolest guitar shapes going around: pointy but smooth, bold offset curves, wacky headstock, two-level body.... it's got an instant swagger that surely deserves a place among upper echelons of guitar-awesomeness. The most common model of Epiphone Firebird is the Studio; they're good, but this model with the proper mini-humbuckers, set neck and mahogany body is a much truer representation of the Firebird vision. Korean-made Epiphones generally get a good wrap, and rightly so. This is beautifully made; there's a lot of care in the details and finish work and you can feel that straight away. The satin finish neck is a nice touch: it's super smooth and a pleasure to navigate; plus, the slim round profile is very intuitive and well weighted against the body. The mini-HBs deliver a bright, open snappiness not really available from a full size pickup; the tone is a great middle-ground between a traditional PAF-style humbucker and a single coil. There's a lot to love here, and a quick google search will reinforce the scarcity of this model: there really isn't many around. Make sure you get some swagtastic new sunglasses to match, okay?
Model: Epiphone Custom Shop Limited Edition Firebird V
Made: 2007, Korea, Unsung plant (serial U07110971)
Finish: vintage sunburst, gloss
Body: solid mahogany, total guitar weight approx 3.6kg
Neck: mahogany, rosewood board, satin black finish, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Pickups: Epiphone Mini Humbuckers
Case: padded deluxe non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: negligible finish wear. Headstock and neck pretty clean. The back has no major marks, just some very minor dimples. The sides have no major marks, just some minuscule dimples on the bottom horn and a very slight scuff on the point of the shoulder. The front is also very clean, just some very light play wear on the guard. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have very little wear, 9/10 for life left. No headstock breaks. Wearing fresh 10-46s.