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With one of the most jaw-dropping resumes in music, Skunk Baxter has come to know a thing or two about tone. After playing bass in Jimi Hendrix’s pre-Experience band, Baxter became a founding member of Steely Dan, then joined hit-makers the Doobie Brothers in 1974. As a studio musician for over 50 years, he worked extensively with Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton and many others. His go-to guitar? A Gibson Firebird, naturally—and with that kind of background, you just know that his Firebird is going to be something special.
The Skunk Baxter Firebird by Gibson USA is built in the tradition of the original “reverse-body” Firebird, with its distinctive looks and multi-piece “neck-through-body” construction for superior strength and sustain. However, a radically new set of Firebird Mini-humbuckers (designed by Skunk Baxter and Jim DeCola), while the hottest mini-hums yet, retain the sweet, dynamic tone similar to that of Gibson’s original ’57 humbuckers. Route three of these powerful pickups through independent on/off and full/split-coil switching for an insane number of variations and combinations, and this is the most sonically versatile Firebird yet to take flight.
The high-quality Tune-o-matic bridge, Lyre vibrato tailpiece, and Steinberger™ gearless tuners deliver consistent performance on stage or in the studio—and when it come to looks, the high-gloss Copper Metallic finish, black plastics, white fingerboard binding, and pearloid block inlays make the Skunk Baxter Firebird a visual treat. Don’t miss out: experience this fabulous Firebird today at your authorized Gibson USA dealer.
It’s All About Looks
The high-gloss Copper Metallic finish, black plastics, white fingerboard binding, and pearloid block inlays make the Skunk Baxter Firebird a visual treat.
The Skunk Baxter Firebird uses nine-ply mahogany and walnut through-neck construction. Two mahogany “wings” complete the original "reverse-body" styling.
Pickups and Electronics
Three new pickups with black chrome covers designed by Skunk Baxter and Jim DeCola— they are the hottest Mini-humbuckers Gibson has ever produced.
High-quality Steinberger™ gearless tuners provide efficient ande accurate tuning while preserving the headstock's unique lines.
Enjoy the ease of slim Firebird neck that's fast and comfortable, and fly over the bound rosewood fingerboard that's highlighted by "Custom" style block inlays.
The Skunk Baxter Firebird comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case with Gibson logo.
The 2014 Skunk Baxter Firebird
The Most Versatile "Reverse-Body" 'Bird Yet!
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