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The body of each Firebird V is crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany "wings", joined to the central core of its through-neck, which is a nine-piece mahogany and walnut construction. Body Species
Tonal Characteristics
Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good midrange presence. It has long been acknowledged as a classic tonewood for rock and blues instruments in particular.  
The Firebird V follows the classic lines of the original "reverse-body" Firebirds of 1963-'65, with an elongated offset upper horn and shorter, rounded lower horn that give it its "flipped over" appearance. Body Design
Average Weight
The average weight of the raw body wings is 2.6 lbs, while the through-neck/body core construction weighs an average of 3.1 lbs. Weight
Available Finishes
The Firebird V is finished your choice of Vintage Sunburst, Ebony Black, or Classic White. Vintage Sunburst Classic White Ebony
Surface Texture
The finish of the Firebird V is painstakingly buffed to a high-gloss finish with a sheen factor of 90.
The Firebird V is hand-finished in grain-textured nitrocellulose just like classic Gibson of the '50s and '60s, then hand-buffed to a high-gloss. Unlike many other manufacturers, who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time, so your guitar will further age gracefully as you play it.