Last October, Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp, teased the media by announcing (what he called) “A Guitar Revolution”.
The anticipation, speculation and buzz was high. Unfortunately for Gibson, the disappointment was huge when all of that hoopla produced “The Firebird X”. The guitar drew a lot of attention at NAMM — watch the video below to see what you missed.
Overall, the reviews have been mixed. Read some of these comments from guitar blogs and YouTube videos:
- I will never buy a guitar that has “firmware”.
- That guitar has more buttons than my computer.
- I cannot believe this is the same company that made the ES 335 and the Les Paul….
- The built-in effects are just a gimmick. Simply not necessary.
- Such a waste of wood.
- You can buy a multi-effects pedal and a custom-shop guitar much cheaper…
- So you show up at a gig and the thing dies…what’s your backup?
I tend to agree with these statements. And with an MSRP of $5,570.00 (that’s five thousand, five hundred and seventy dollars!), I wonder who they are targeting this axe at? You won’t see one on my rack, that’s for sure.
SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK??