The 2011 released guitar frustrated fans by packing the classicly designed frame with uneccesary and often times infuriatingly out of touch effects, like strange pickup configurations, infamous robot tuners, and an electonics arrangement that required a battery to work.
In the end, the Firebird X has been given a simbolic burial in the recently released video, which features a bulldozer driving over lines of the guitars in an ignominious ceremony that apparently happened earlier this year.
While the guitars sighted were apparently an isolated batch with unsafe components, some would argue that all Firebird X models would fall under that category.
Gibson said, “The Firebird X destruction video that surfaced months ago was an isolated batch of Firebird X models built in 2009-2011 which were unsalvageable and damaged with unsafe components. This isolated group of Firebird X models were unable to be donated for any purpose and were destroyed accordingly.
“Gibson recently announced its re-launch of the Gibson Foundation. Since 2002, the Gibson Foundation has provided thousands of guitars and donations to schools and charities in excess of $30 million. As a starting point, Gibson has committed to giving a guitar-a-day away over the next 1000 days. 100% of donations to the Gibson Foundation go directly towards giving the gift of music, re-affirming Gibson’s commitment to giving back, helping under-served music education programs, empowering music culture and encouraging the creation of music.”
Follow this link to donate to the Gibson Foundation.