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Truth be told, I'd never heard of a Gibson Firebrand until I got this one in a trade yesterday. I actually thought the guy made a typo and meant Firebird when he texted to see if I was interested :)

This is a 1980 Gibson Firebrand 335-S "Custom" with Dirty Fingers pickups. These guitars were short-lived: 1980-1982. The name Firebrand comes from the fact that the Gibson logo is actually branded into the headstock. This one is completely stock with the exception of the addition of a wrap-around tail piece but the original is in the case.
 

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wow never heard of THAT model before

my friend's older brother had a firebrand LP though.

first electric guitar I ever saw, we were smitten by it, as kids!

congrats!
 

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You have the most awesome toys......wow

How does she sound?
I'd describe the sound as kind of dirty bluesy in all the good ways. Think of Malcolm and Angus playing slow and low. As much as I love these pickups (I've never had a guitar with a set of Dirty Fingers in it) I can't imagine a time when I'd go, "You know what this guitar could use--to sound like a single-coil Tele," therefore I don't think I will ever use the coil-tap.
 

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wow never heard of THAT model before

my friend's older brother had a firebrand LP though.

first electric guitar I ever saw, we were smitten by it, as kids!

congrats!
Here's what I've learned in the past 36 hours--they did three different models of Firebrands--a Les Paul ("The Paul"), an SG and this one that is supposed to be based on an ES-335 but a solid body version. I can see that the body shape might be somewhat similar to the ES-335 but that's where the similarities end.
 

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Looks potentially heavy. How much does it weigh?
 

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That is right up my alley. I loves me some double-cuts!

Is that all mahogany and are the pores filled?
You bet--all mahogany. Not sure if it's filled. Does this pic help? And yes, double thumbs up to double cuts. It almost has a bit of a Les Paul Jr vibe to it.
 

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I had one that actually had left over T-tops in it. Sounded great, but it had the fattest neck I have ever felt. Does your have a fat neck??
 

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I had one that actually had left over T-tops in it. Sounded great, but it had the fattest neck I have ever felt. Does your have a fat neck??
Not a fat neck at all, but not skinny either--right in the middle.
 

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You bet--all mahogany. Not sure if it's filled. Does this pic help?
The darkness of the grain made me wonder. You can tell by running your finger along the finish. If its smooth, its probably filled but if it grabs your finger over and over then its not. Like Gibsons faded finish I believe it is?
 

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Nice, congrats!

I thought that I was one of these on here a while ago, somebody had one.
Very short run on these, apparently. Unique guitar, for sure.

I had a Dirty Fingers in the bridge of an old Burny that I had, R&R!
 

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