Unlike the Gibson Blackbird, the new signature featured volume and tone controls, the 'opti-grab', and an on/off switch.
Cosmetically the Epiphone Blackbird is identical to the Gibson original, but with a bolt-on single ply neck, solid mahogany body, different pickups and lower grade parts and manufacturing.
The Epiphone model still kept the 'opti-grab,' designed and made first by his bass technician Tim Luzzi, and single on/off switch of the Gibson original.
A new version of "Heads Will Roll" appeared on Raven's 2006 EP Heads Will Roll and on her 2007 U. In September 2007, Sixx released a book titled The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, a collection of his journal entries from 19 (when his heroin addiction was at its most dangerous).
Written with British journalist Ian Gittins, it presents the present-day viewpoints of his bandmates, friends, ex-lovers, caretakers, business associates and family as they respond to specific passages.
Although subtle, this helped give this Blackbird more tone and a higher output.
This model was discontinued in 2003, but has recently been put back in production as the Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird.In 2000, a number of the London demos recorded with Sixx were included on London Daze by Spiders & Snakes, led by former London guitarist Lizzie Grey.In 1981, Sixx founded Mötley Crüe with drummer Tommy Lee.His grandparents sent him to live with his mother, who had moved to Seattle.Izzy Stradlin (then of Hollywood Rose, later of Guns N' Roses) and drummer Fred Coury (later of Cinderella).In April 2008, the band announced the first Crüe Fest, a summer tour, that featured Sixx's side project Sixx: A. A deluxe tour edition of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitled Live Is Beautiful which features recorded performances from the band's summer tour.