Here is the very first Icarus model I have made – #001.
This model comes with a fully fitted flight case and certificate of authenticity.
The original Gibson Firebird has always been one of my all time favourite guitar designs. Beautiful flowing lines culminating in a design that lends itself elegantly to all genres of music. With the design of the Icarus, I have maintained the body shape and the iconic stepped front and back. I have, on this particular model, discarded the through neck design and replaced it with an oversized neck tenon that runs right through the body and ends on the underside of the bridge plate for an increased sustain and uninterrupted tonal path. The headstock has been re-designed, but still with a subtle nod to the design of the original Firebird.
The figured Black Limba body with Wenge and Padauk stringers gives a well balanced feel and beautiful tone. The top of the guitar is a truly stunning, and very rare, Spalted Eucalyptus. The neck is also Black Limba with a Black Palm fingerboard.
The headstock faceplate is cut from the same piece of Eucalyptus as the top.
Pickups are a pair of McNelly Pickups P90’s in the neck and bridge position, with a ‘Stagger Swagger’ model in the middle position for tonal variation. These are wired to a six-way selector switch, mounted vertically to feel familiar to Les Paul style switching. When the selector switch is in its left position, it moves up and down in three positions. Up = Neck, Middle = Neck+bridge, Down = Bridge. When the switch is in the right position it adds in the Stagger Swagger pickup to give a completely different rage of tones. Up = Neck+Middle, Middle = Middle pickup only, Down = Bridge + Middle.
Other hardware comprises of a Stetsbar Tremolo system, Kluson Original Firebird tuners, Schaller strap-locks, Brass nut and a custom designed, laser-cut pickguard.
This wonderfully unique guitar is available now and can be play tested at the Ambler Customs Showroom.
Any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- Figured Black Limba body with Wenge and Padauk stringers