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ME AND MY GIBSON FIREBIRD GUITAR

ME AND MY GIBSON FIREBIRD GUITAR

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January 30th, 2016

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ME AND MY GIBSON FIREBIRD GUITAR

Dennis' Gibson Firebird guitar

Dennis’ Gibson Firebird guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I first saw a Gibson Firebird guitar at a session I was on with Motown Funk Brother Eddie Willis. He was playing on this weird looking funky sounding guitar. I saw him using it on a few more sessions and decided I had to have one too. I bought mine used in about 1965 and began using it on most of my recording sessions. Later Eddie told me his Firebird had been broken so he bought a Gibson 335. That left me as the only guitarist using a Gibson Firebird. I used it on most of the Motown Hits I did in Studio A in Detroit. I also tried it on a few live shows but my Gibson Byrdland was better for live shows. The Firebird had a bright sound which made it great for funky low string figures and high backbeats. Dennis with his Gibson Firebird and Eddie Willis with his Gibson 335 at United Sound Studio. Photo by Ed Wolfrum.

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