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The FI was Samick's Gibson Firebird copy. It was only available in the Japanese market, but still made in South Korea like most Samicks.

The bass version was the THB (Gibson Thunderbird copy).

FI-2H

90 FI-2H

1990 Meriken FI-2H BRSB

Also: FI-2PU (early models)

Sold as both Meriken and Samick (later models).

  • ¥50,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Solid Nato body
  • Reverse offset

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Reverse headstock
  • Silk-screened Meriken logo
  • Silk-screened Script logo
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuners w/ oval buttons
  • 3-ply pickguard w/ Eagle logo
  • Gold Top Hat knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic style bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • White (W)
  • Brown Sunburst (BRSB)

FI-3P

90 FI-3P

1990 Meriken FI-3P BRSB

Sold as both Meriken and Samick (later models).

  • ¥55,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Solid Nato body
  • Reverse offset

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Reverse headstock
  • Silk-screened Meriken logo
  • Silk-screened Script logo
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Three ceramic humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard w/ Eagle logo
  • Gold Top Hat knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic style bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • White (W)
  • Brown Sunburst (BRSB)

THB-2H

90 THB

1990 THB-2H R

Sold as both Meriken and Samick.
  • ¥55,000 Yen (1990 MSRP)

Body:

  • Solid Nato body
  • Reverse offset

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Bolt-on Nato neck (early models)
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Reverse headstock
  • Silk-screened Meriken logo
  • Silk-screened Script logo
  • 21 frets
  • 34" scale

Electronics:

  • Two bass humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard w/ Eagle logo
  • Metal knobs
  • Individually adjustable bridge

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • White (W)
  • Red (R)
  • Brown Sunburst (BRSB)