I’ve always had a soft spot for the Firebirds after seeing Phil Manzanera play one…I like Explorers too. Very brave guitar designs for the time. Interesting instruments. I’m not really interested in making copies as I think there are enough companies out there making theit version of a Strat or a Tele or Les Paul etc….S o I treated this as an exercise really. It was fortunate that a good friend and customer of mine owned a couple of Gibson Firebird VIIs , so I was able to take measurements and make templates at my leisure.