Gibson introduced the Firebird line of guitars in 1963. There were four models available with different pickup and tailpiece configurations. Previously they used designations like "Junior", "Special", "Standard" and "Custom" to distinguish these different models, but on the Firebird line they used Roman numerals I, II, III and IV.
The Firebird was introduced to compete with Fender's solid body guitars. Unique features of the Firebird include: Reversed headpiece, reversed pickguard and offset treble and bass horns.
Ray Dietrich, who was a car designer, was hired by Gibson to design a guitar that would have contemporary appeal for the floundering company's electric guitar line. Dietrich designed a guitar that took on the looks of mid-50's tail fins and borrowed the design of the Explorer and rounded the edges.
The Solid Body Electric Guitar Plan #18 faithfully replicates the look, sound and feel of this vintage guitar.
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The following tabs detail what you will receive with our Solid Body Electric Guitar Plan #18:
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Scale: 24.75" (628.7mm)
Double Cutaway Body
Body Maximum Length = 19.31" (490.4mm)
Body Maximum Width = 13.20" (335.4mm)
Body Thickness = (35mm) 1.38"
Number of Frets = 22
Nut Width = 1.69" (42.9mm)
Fretboard Width at 22nd Fret = 2.22" (57.3mm)
Fretboard Maximum Thickness = 1/4" (6.35mm)
Fretboard Radius = 12" (304.8mm)
Neck Reinforcement = 18" Dual Action Adjustable Truss Rod with Hex Nut. Adjustable at Headpiece
Neck Attachment: Mortise & Tenon Joint - Glued
Peghead Type: Standard GLSS Peghead Type w/ a 12.9 Degree Angle
Tuning Machines: Schaller M6 Locking Tuners; 16:1 Gear Ratio (6) Right Hand
Bridge: Classic Nashville Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece: Gotoh Stop Tailpiece w/ .990” (25.15mm) Bushings
Body: 1.38” (35mm) Honduras Mahogany Tapered Edges
Neck: Honduras Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony or East Indian Rosewood
Number of Pickups: 2 (Matched Set)
Neck Pickup: Based on Seymour Duncan Minihumbucker #MH102B-CR
Bridge Pickup: Based on Seymour Duncan Minihumbucker #MH102B-CR
Pickup Control: 3-Way Toggle Switch
Left: Up Pickup On
Center: Both Pickups On
Down: Bridge Pickup On
Tone Controls: (1) Pot for Each Pickup
Volume Controls: (1) Pot for Each Pickup
Jack: Standard Top Mounted 1/4" Mono Phone Plug w/ Jack Plate
Guitar Plan Showing Top of Entire Guitar, Inc. Fretboard & Headpiece
Guitar Back View
Guitar Left Side View
Guitar Front View - Cut Through Neck Looking at Cutaway
Lateral Section Through Body
Longitudinal Section Through Body, Neck & Peghead
Neck Sections @ 1st, 6th and 12th Frets
Body Cavity Layout Showing all Routed Cavities for Pickups, Wiring, Controls Etc.
Detailed Wiring Diagram
Fret Spacing Table
Body + Cavity Routing Template for Body Shape, Pickup and Control Cavities, Wiring Channels
Neck Profile & Plan Incl. Headpiece & Tuner Layouts
Pickguard Routing Diagram, Truss Rod Plate Routing Template, Electronics Cover Plate Routing Diagram
Fretboard Routing Template, Incl. Fret Positions and Fretboard Radius Guides
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