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Gibson pre-2010 Firebird V vs Firebird V 2010 neck

#1 User is offline   rmnc 

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:12 AM

I'd like to know if the Firebird V 2010 has any changes from pre-2010 models, besides pickups and tuners. I'm confused as to why the old spec sheet states that the neck is a slim taper, whereas the 2010 specs state it's a hybrid 50s/60s profile.

The current Gibson Firebird V 2010 page states;

"Gibson's distinctive but different '50s and '60s neck profiles are loved by different camps of players, the former rounded and chunky, the latter thinner and flatter. For the Firebird V, Gibson USA blends the two feels, in a neck that is still slim and fast, but with an appealing roundness that sits beautifully in the hand.

The neck on the Firebird V is carved to a hybrid '50s/'60s shape that is slim and fast, yet rounded and comfortable in the hand. It measures approximately .800" thick at the 1st fret and .850" at the 12th."

Whereas, this old pre-2010 spec sheet (http://www.gibson.co...dsdatasheet.pdf) states;

"Profile: Slim taper
Thickness at 1st fret: 0.800"
Thickness at 12th fret: 0.850""

I'd like to know if the neck profile was changed for the 2010 model, has anyone compared a pre-2010 Firebird V neck with a V 2010 model neck?

Alternatively, does the fact that the 1st and 12th fret width remained same over both model show that the neck profile remained the same shape, or could it have changed profile shapes despite this common measurement?

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:02 AM

View Postrmnc, on 20 March 2012 - 09:12 AM, said:


Alternatively, does the fact that the 1st and 12th fret width remained same over both model show that the neck profile remained the same shape, or could it have changed profile shapes despite this common measurement?

That's a very good question. My guess is you wouldn't be able to tell the difference just by feel. The profile has to be very close to same in order to maintain those thicknesses.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

View Postpfox14, on 20 March 2012 - 10:02 AM, said:

That's a very good question. My guess is you wouldn't be able to tell the difference just by feel. The profile has to be very close to same in order to maintain those thicknesses.


Interesting. Can anyone weigh in with a comparison or Gibson rep with some info?

Again, can't believe the classic white Firebird V is being discontinued...

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

My 2001 Firebird V has a flatter/wider neck feel than my 2011 Firebird V. Maybe they just took off a little more on the sides and made it seem more round? Not sure.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

My '90 & '91 V's are chunkier [the '90 is thickest] than my '05 VII and my '07 V Flame Maple [which feel the same]...

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