GIBSON FIREBIRD
   
Used by Thurston/Jim: 1990-2003

  • 1990 -- EADGBE (Mildred Pierce -- THURSTON)
  • 2002 -- GGDDD#D# (Bull in the Heather, Karen Revisited, Mote, Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style, She is Not Alone, Making the Nature Scene, 100% -- JIM) also w/ capo 2 for "Candle" & Silver Rocket ..... F#F#C#C#DD for White Kross/Tom Violence
  • 2003 -- GGDDD#D# (Schizophenia, Radical Adults, Skip Tracer, Nature Scene, Kill Yr Idols, Brother James, Bull in the Heather, White Kross, 100%, Mote -- JIM) maybe alt F# tuning for Skip, White X, 100%./..

    NOTES:

  • Used more often in videos than live, it was used briefly in August 1990 during 2 performances of "Mildred Pierce". Jim dug it out of the studio 12 years later for use at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival!
  • This was Jim's primary guitar for non-Murray Street songs (except GODHEAD which is in GDD#) on the Murray tour. For "White Kross" and "Tom Violence" he tuned it down a half-step to be in F# like Lee and Thurston.
  • Sunburst body
  • 2 pickups, bridge PU hollowed out
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 1 toggle switch
  • 4 knobs
  • White pickguard
  • Listed as "firebird" on 2002 set lists.
  • Played by Thurston in videos for "Macbeth" "Mildred Pierce" "Cinderella's Big Score" "100%" & "Bull in the Heather"

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  • august 2002 1992 1990