Gibson Firebird X - Redolution
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Gibson Firebird X - Redolution

Firebird X - Redolution, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the Firebird X model.

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Gibson Releases the Firebird X

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Gibson today introduces the Gibson Firebird X, an evolution of the 1960s classic Gibson Firebird model, with modern technologies such as fourth-generation Robot tuners for automatic tuning, onboard effects based on computer plug-in technology, and wireless Bluetooth pedals.

In addition, the Gibson Firebird X is designed for compatibility with hardware and applications developed by third party companies.  Gibson’s “Pure-Analog” Engine makes this possible in conjunction with an authorized App store, where vendors can sell Gibson-compliant applications.

 

As an added bonus, all registered owners of the Firebird X gain entry into the Firebird X Visionaries Club, an online community where members have access to software, patches, manuals and other supporting downloads. In addition, members can create and maintain personal profile pages; post and share Firebird X preset files, audio and video content; and communicate/interact with other Firebird X owners, artists and Gibson staff.

 

Tech Specs:

  • The Gibson Firebird X has a body (six pounds total) made from swamp ash; a thin, asymmetrical rock maple neck with a non-stick satin finish; and a maple finger board. Gibson has also developed the ProX case to protect the instrument.
  • Built-in effects capability designed to enable users to morph settings and switch into different effect. Presets recreate tones and generate new ones.
  • With a fourth generation of supporting hardware and software the Gibson Firebird X is self-tuning.
  • Designed to look like standard pickup selectors, the two “tog-pots” have control built into the rotatable toggle shaft to let users morph from unprocessed to processed sounds. A third “tog-pot” blends acoustic sounds from the piezo pickup, along with the electric pickups or only acoustic sounds. Optimized to sound like Gibson’s J-45 acoustic guitar, the basic acoustic guitar sound is virtually indistinguishable from an acoustic guitar’s electric output, the company assures.
  • Three mini-humbuckers with side-by-side coils and a hexaphonic piezo bridge pickup make the Firebird X an active guitar. The bridge piezo pickup includes hex outputs (each string can provide a separate output for computer or live performance setups), which allow everything from new sounds from “clean” distortion and synth-like timbres to surround possibilities.
  • The Firebird X internal battery is designed to last for over two hours of continuous use and, if needed, can be swapped out in seconds with a readily available camcorder battery.
  • Gibson partnered with CSR to develop an expression pedal and footswitch unit (included with purchase) for the Firebird X. Optimized for musical applications, the pedals and footswitch snap together for a secure mechanical and electrical connection designed to create a compact pedal board setup.
  • Although the heart of the distortion options within Firebird X use McDSP’s Chrome Tone plug-in, Gibson engineers included modulation, delay, and reverberation effects including new effects like “dynamic” delay and old favorites like spring reverb, analog chorus/delay, and a 10-second looper.
  • The Firebird X features Gibson's "Pure-Analog" engine, which provides sounds and effects as well as analog sound. It is user-replaceable, and allows 3rd party developers to make use of the engine by allowing their software, sold in the Gibson app store, to run on the guitar's engine.

 

Pricing:

Limited to 1,800 models in two unique finishes—Redolution and Bluevolution—the Gibson Firebird X will retail for $5,570 msrp.

 

For more information on the Gibson Firebird X, visit www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Firebird/Gibson-USA/Firebird-X.aspx.

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