SOLD - Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa “Treasure” Firebird 1 - 2016

by Epiphone

$1,995.00 21241
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From Epiphone & Joe Bonamassa 2016 –

Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit, the fourth Joe Bonamassa signature model in Epiphone’s long friendship with the most critically acclaimed guitarist of our generation.

Featuring the ProBucker FB720, a one-of-a-kind faithful recreation of the original early 60s Firebird pickup.  Plus Kluson’s superb re-issue of the original Firebird/Banjo style tuners! The “Treasure” Firebird-I comes in two colour finishes, Polymist Gold and Tobacco Sunburst and includes a Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity signed by Joe Bonamassa.

The new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit was closely modelled after Joe’s original 1963 Firebird.  Joe worked closely with Epiphone’s legendary luthiers in Nashville, Tennessee to recreate his rare single pickup Firebird that was made in the first year of the guitar’s production at the Epiphone & Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

And according to Joe, the new Epiphone “Treasure” Firebird-I far exceeded his expectations. “The guitar is called ‘Treasure’ as it’s based on the ‘63 Firebird that was graciously gifted to me 4 years ago,” said Bonamassa. “We A/B'd the new Epiphone with my two original 63s. The Epi's play and sound better! Ugh... I just paid $12,000 for one!”

The new Epiphone Ltd Ed Joe Bonamassa "Treasure" Firebird-I Outfit features a Mahogany body with a 9-piece Laminated Mahogany/Walnut neck with a period-correct early 1960s Rounded “C” profile measured after Joe’s original.

Epiphone improved on the vintage neck design by including a dual action adjustable truss rod. The Firebird was the first electric guitar to feature “thru-neck” construction along with the iconic Reverse Firebird™ body shape.  The neck has a Rosewood fingerboard with a 14” radius, 22 medium jumbo frets, classic “Dot” inlays, and a 24.75” scale length. The “Treasure” Firebird-I comes in two color finishes, a classic Tobacco Sunburst and Polymist Gold exclusive to Joe’s Signature Firebird. The historic-styled white and black-layered pickguard has the classic "Firebird" logo. 

The "Treasure" Firebird-I is powered by the new ProBucker FB720 pickup, reconstructed at Epiphone to the original specifications of Gibson Firebird pickups from the mid 60s. The ProBucker FB720 has two Alnico II bar magnets used as blades in coils along with a steel reflector plate to achieve the classic Firebird tone of the 60s.

Because the DC resistance is around 7.85Kohm, the ProBucker FB720 provides a clean, brighter output with incredible touch sensitivity and a warm low end compared to mini humbuckers, which are used in most Firebird reissues.

Controls include Master Volume and Master Tone with Gold “Top Hat” knobs with metal inserts and pointers. 

The “Treasure” Firebird-I features all-metal hardware including an Adjustable Wrap-around "Lightning Bar bridge and tailpiece and Epiphone’s Heavy-Duty 1/4" output jack. 

Plus, the “Treasure” comes with Kluson Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners with a 12:1 ratio (14.6:1 winding rate), the best and most accurate reissue of the original Firebird tuners from the early 60s. The Kluson Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners are mounted on a beveled Original Firebird Headstock with a black truss rod cover with the Epiphone logo in gold.

Lifetime Warranty:  Every Epiphone comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and the support of world famous 24/7/365 Gibson Customer Service.  

Features -

Neck Joint

Thru-Neck Body

Neck Material:

Mahogany/Walnut; 9-pc Laminated

Body Wing Material:

Mahogany

Body Shape

Reverse Firebird

Neck Shape Options

1960's Rounded-C

Truss Rod

Adjustable; Dual-Action

Truss Rod Cover

1-layer; Black; "Epiphone" logo in Gold

Scale Length

24.75"

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood with "Dot" Inlays

Nut

Ivory PVC

Headstock

Original Firebird™ bevelled

Headstock Inlay

None

Neck Pickup

None

Bridge Pickup

Epiphone ProBucker FB720

Controls

Master Volume

Master Tone

Knobs

Gold "Top Hats" with metal inserts and pointers

Binding

None

Fingerboard Radius

14"

Pickguard

(3-Layer); White/Black/White with Vintage "Firebird" logo

Frets

22; medium-jumbo

Bridge/Tailpiece

Adjustable Wrap-around "Lightning Bar";

Nut Width

1-11/16"

Hardware

Nickel

Output Jack

Epiphone Heavy-Duty 1/4"

Machine Heads

Kluson Reissue Firebird/Banjo Tuners; 12:1 ratio (14.6:1 wind rate)

Strap Buttons

Yes

Includes

Hand-Signed Certificate of Authenticity

Warranty

Epiphone Limited Lifetime

 

 

 

 

This fabulous Firebird is finished in Polymist Gold, and presents in as new condition. It was bought new when first released in 2016-17, and nothing has been changed since then. It has lived most of its young life in storage, which is a shame because this one deserves to be heard.

As Joe says, it actually plays & sounds better than his original ‘63 Firebird 1 upon which it is based.

This Limited Edition run sold out very quickly in 2016, and second hand prices have been steadily increasing since then for this very sought after model.

Comes in its high quality Epiphone gig bag in new condition along with its Certificate of Authenticity hand signed by Joe Bonamassa.

Joe Bonamassa video demo - https://youtu.be/8VF3EbZ2kpE

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