Epiphone Firebird Studio - Worn Cherry - upgraded
This is, of course, a very cool Epiphone - Korean manufacture (2010), Firebird shape, all mahogany, rosewood fretboard, reverse headstock, Steinberg Gearless tuners. However for me there was one problem - it was fitted with standard Epiphone Alnico Classic humbuckers.
Nothing wrong with that exactly but it means the overall sound will be similar to an Epiphone SG (same neck, same body, same pickups) rather than something distinct and different.
So - what does a Firebird need? Firebird pickups of course! I've sourced a pair of genuine original Gibson Firebird pickups from 2018 - 495R/495T mini humbuckers, mounted them with paduak conversion rings stained to match the body, and replaced the stock Epiphone pots with CTS 500K and Sprague Orange Drop tone caps.
The result is outstanding - they are very hot pickups (the neck is 16kOhm and the bridge is a smoking hot 22kOhm) so can drive a tube amp really well, but as they are narrower and sense less of the string length they have a brighter sound than standard humbuckers - the bridge pickup is as close to a Tele sound as you'll get from a Gibson.
The rest of the guitar is up to standard - the Steinberg Gearless tuners are basically locking tuners with a 40:1 ratio knob under the headstock for fine tuning, and they hold the tuning really well. The standard graphite nut has been replaced with a hand carved bone nut for better resonance, the fretboard oiled and the whole guitar fully set up with action around 1.5mm at the 12th Fret.
Cash preferred on this unless you have a really interesting guitar project for swaps!