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  2. I gotta admit, this guitar has put the "hook" in me pretty good! I love the looks and I also love the sound of a Gibson P94 ( I have them in a Gibson ES195) ... really a superb pickup. There is just a small niggle I have with it ... $800 for an Indonesian made guitar and they won't even bump you a case? Any Epiphone I have ever purchased at and around that price point has come with one. Epi is getting a little stingy lately ... the Black and Blue Casino is mysteriously missing a case too. Jim
  3. ... and it's a Gibson, right? That was sort of the point ... Eiphone has never done a completely correct version of the Firebird. Anyway, here are a couple of pics of the Epi Firebird that I used to own. Nice guitar ... just not a Firebird in the sense that an Epiphone Les Paul is a real Les Paul, is it? Jim
  4. I ownwd an Epiphone Firebird years ago. Great guitar, but a "Bird without neck-through construction and banjo tuners just isn't really a Firebird is it? This is my Gibson Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Firebird ... one of my favorite guitars! Jim
  5. "One of each" is the only possible answer, Shakey! They are each so different from one another that of course, you will want both! Jim
  6. I was eyeballing the very same Casino on the Sweetwater Gear Gallery, El. It is beautifully grained and altogether gorgeous ... I'm glad it went to someone in The Forum. Big congrats! Jim
  7. I own a '61 Anniversary, and I can't imagine the Elitist being THAT much better ... but I still want one just in case it is! Jim
  8. Great work, Fromnabulax! I have that very same guitar and so far mine has remained completely stock ... but this post is inspirational. I have P94 pickups in a Gibson ES-195 and they are extraordinary. I bet they sound amazing in the Florentine! Enjoy your unique guitar, man ... you had a vision and saw it through to completion! Jim
  9. A very different take, but Firebird all the way. The Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Firebird ... Jim
  10. You hear that, Ug? Even the cork sniffers are calling you a CORK SNIFFER! Jim
  11. What they WILL sound is ... different, Steve. Especially if you've been using humbuckers or "Fender-style" single coils up to this point. Don't forget that 'buckers were developed as a replacement/improvement over P90's and that it was player demand that kept them around. They do have a different tone though ... one that I love ... but different. They can be warmer, thicker, grittier, harder that their twin coiled counterparts ... and I find them to be quite a bit more reactive to your picking hand as well. You'll get 'em dialed in, don't worry. You amp will be a big part of the puzzle, so
  12. I picked up this guitar a couple of months ago and just never got around to taking pictures and posting about it. I have always loved the look of Firebirds, but other than owning an Epiphone Firebird VII for a while, never took the plunge on a Gibson model. Then this thing came along and really but the hook into me! To begin with, as much as I like and admire Jeff Baxter, I've never seen him actually PLAY a Firebird, so that whole connection was kind of lost on me and didn't play the least bit into my purchasing decision ... the sound and feel of this great axe, however, did. In the ve
  13. Just took this out of the box the day before yesterday ... it's been a wonderful Honeymoon so far! Here are the Sweetwater pics as well as a couple of lousy ones of my own when I could force myself to stop playing ... A 2014 Les Paul Traditional Goldtop w/P90's and a Bigsby: Jim
  14. If any of you ever get over to the Gibson side, you might have noticed that I ordered a Gibson Les Paul Traditional with P90’s and a Bigsby last weekend. Well, it showed up and is a marvelous guitar … a real home run for Gibson. So … I decided that I no longer really needed my 2011 Epiphone Les Paul ‘56 Goldtop. I grabbed it and a couple of others that were no longer getting any attention and headed off the my old stomping grounds at Guitar Center top see what I could get for them. We always used to treat folks pretty fairly there and I figured, as a former employee, I had a better that a
  15. "The sun'll come out ... tomorrow." Jim
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