Those Firebird mini HB's were pretty low inductance as I recall. I think they had brass covers which reduced the highs, so you'd often end up with extra presence with a steep roll off in the upper mids somewhere. My impression of them is they were often pretty tinny, but a low capacitance cable would probably smooth out the tone nicely without the need for the brass cover.
I like the chirpy neck PUP sound you got. I really liked the tone with the volume rolled down. Most PAF type PUP's would be too dark without a treble bleed in the circuit.
wow... you're a wealth of knowledge ..
very interesting things and details to know.. thanks for sharing
I've never been very attracted by the bizarre shapes guitars, also because sometimes I like to play sitting, but the Firebird has a cool sound, and being just a model in my case, I can play with that sound comfortably sitting with my 700..
this search for the sound of "europa" has been very productive for me ..
I discovered this combination Firebird - Mesa Dual Rectifier that is killer ..
a great sound for blues-fusion, which I used yesterday to record the guitar arrangement of the song by a friend of mine, great dynamics and expressivity, a pleasure to play with it..
dear gckelloch I have the vague impression that sooner or later a Variax will be in your hands