Non-Reverse Firebird playability

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Non-Reverse Firebird playability

Post by FabianSalomonsson » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:00 am

Hi fellow Offset nerds.

I’ve become more and more interested in getting a non-reverse firebird but I haven’t had the opportunity to play one. I’ve heard that they are quite big and perhaps not the best ergonomically. How does it feel ergonomically compared to a Jazzmaster? Is the neck further away from you? Is the non-reverse longer than a jazzmaster?

Any experience and input on the matter is greatly appreciated. :)

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Re: Non-Reverse Firebird playability

Post by Gavanti » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:17 am

My NRFB is pretty well balanced. It is definitely longer than the Jazzmaster, though its body is significantly thinner as well. It’s lightweight compared to my JM and very comfortable to play. The NRFB neck is a totally different animal though if you’re used to a JM—slim and wide at the nut tapering thicker toward the heel., and the overall playing feel is different as well due to the bridge setup.

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Re: Non-Reverse Firebird playability

Post by FrankRay » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:41 am

They're long, but not neck heavy. They're also thin with a thin neck that's extremely flat compared to vintage fenders. Like playing a piano, sort of.
Highly recommended. I love both of mine.

I think the 2002/3 firebirds sound the best of the ones I've tried, the p90 2012-ish ones are kind of on steroids, the 2015 ones are a bit muddier and need new pickups (on my to do list), but look the best. Especially the pelham blue ones. They're also really cheap because no one seems to like them. Under £900 in England, easy.

I've never played vintage, but they're often talked about being lower output and brighter, more fender sounding.

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Re: Non-Reverse Firebird playability

Post by dugwolf » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:36 am

Sold mine because it was uncomfortable to play chords up by the nut. They felt so far away. Would really have to stretch to play an F chord. Or tilt the guitar neck up so it was easier. The p90s sounded fantastic though. It’s probably great for lead players with good access to the upper frets.

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Re: Non-Reverse Firebird playability

Post by MechaBulletBill » Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:11 pm

Gavanti wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:17 am
The NRFB neck is a totally different animal though if you’re used to a JM—slim and wide at the nut tapering thicker toward the heel
my 65 nrfb has an extremely narrow nut and a not-too-slim neck profile. i would guess that the modern cnc-machine nrfbs have the almost universal 42-43mm nut width.

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