Published On: Fri, Sep 30th, 2011

Gibson Unleash Firebird X

The ‘most technologically advanced guitar ever conceived’ has arrived

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. Gibson's new innovation follow in the footsteps of their sef-tuning Robot guitar, released in 2007, and there's no doubt that it pushes the boundaries.


Described by Gibson as 'the most technologically advanced guitar ever concieved', the new Firebird X is based on the 1960s classic Firebird, and is crammed with gadgets and know-how. 

This truly futuristic guitar has fourth-generation Robot tuners for auto-tuning and masses of onboard effects based on the world of plug-in technology – the pack also includes wireless Bluetooth pedals.


The Firebird X compatible with hardware and applications from other companies thanks to Gibson's Pure-Analog Engine and an App store where all the downloadable goodies will be available.

"Innovation has always been the driving force at Gibson, and the Firebird X is nothing short of groundbreaking,” says Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO. “The Gibson Firebird X is truly the most technologically-advanced guitar ever conceived, with multiple built-in effects that take sonic capabilities to an entirely new level%u2015while retaining the classic appeal of a finely-crafted, supremely playable instrument.”

Anyone purchasing this ground-breaking guitars will also be entered into the online 'Firebird X Visionaries Club' where owner will be able to discuss anything and everything Firebird X-related with other players, download exclusive software, patchs and manuals.

Members will also be able to build their personal profiles as well as sharing all their creations and sounds with the rest of the community.

Specs supplied buy Gibson:

The Gibson Firebird X has a lightweight body (six pounds total) made from hand-sorted swamp ash; a thin, fast, asymmetrical rock maple neck with a smooth, non-stick satin finish; and a maple finger board. Gibson has also developed the unique ProX case to protect the instrument, with the ability to survive a fall from a six-foot building. 

Built-in effects capability, accessible with a minimum of motion and disruption, enable users to simply morph settings and switch into different effect. Presets recreate the world’s best tones and generate a plethora of new ones.


With a fourth generation of supporting hardware and software the Gibson Firebird X is self-tuning, allowing the guitar to change tunings quickly and accurately.

Designed to look like standard pickup selectors, the two “tog-pots” have control built into the rotatable toggle shaft to let users morph smoothly from unprocessed to processed sounds.

A third “tog-pot” blends acoustic sounds from the piezo pickup, along with the electric pickups or only acoustic sounds. Optimized to sound like Gibson’s acclaimed J-45 acoustic guitar, the basic acoustic guitar sound is virtually indistinguishable from an acoustic guitar’s electric output. 


Three mini-humbuckers with side-by-side coils and a hexaphonic piezo bridge pickup with an improved low noise, high dynamic-range preamplifier make the Firebird X a fully active guitar.

The bridge piezo pickup includes hex outputs (each string can provide a separate output for computer or live performance setups), which allow everything from totally new sounds from “clean” distortion and synth-like timbres to sophisticated surround possibilities.

Thanks to advances in low-power circuitry, greater Robo-Tuner efficiency, and power saving technologies adapted from laptop computers, the Firebird X internal battery lasts for over two hours of continuous use and, if needed, can be swapped out in seconds with a readily available camcorder battery.

Gibson partnered with CSR, a global leader in wireless technology, to develop an expression pedal and footswitch unit (included with purchase) for the Firebird X. “CSR combined our unsurpassed Bluetooth connectivity technology and expertise with our passion for creativity to make Gibson’s vision a reality,” says Anthony Murray, CSR Senior Vice President of Audio and Consumer Business.


“The result is an amazing system that enables players to experience precise, intuitive control of the instrument with absolutely no wires to get in the way.” Optimized for musical applications, the pedals and footswitch snap together for a secure mechanical and electrical connection to create a compact pedal board setup.

Although the heart of the distortion options within Firebird X use McDSP’s critically-acclaimed Chrome Tone plug-in, Gibson engineers included multiple modulation, delay, and reverberation effects including new effects like “dynamic” delay and old favorites like spring reverb, analog chorus/delay, and a 10-second looper. 

The Firebird X features Gibson's turbo-charged "Pure-Analog" engine, which provides an arsenal of professional world class sounds and effects as well as professional analog sound. It is user-replaceable, and allows 3rd party developers to make new exciting use of the engine by allowing their software, sold in the Gibson app store, to run on the guitar's engine. 
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