Gibson Thunderbird Players

gibson thunderbird players

As the companion to the Gibson Thunderbird Players guitar, the Thunderbird bass saw some changes with its body design during its initial production run. Originally, the Thunderbird’s body was “reversed” with its lower horn sticking out further than its top horn. In 1965, the body was switched to a “non-reversed” configuration. The Thunderbird II had a single humbucker pickup and a 34-inch scale length.
The Thunderbirds distinct headstock stays true to Gibsons industry-changing way of thinking. Like every Gibson headstock, the angled Thunderbird headstock is carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck. The angle is carefully set to 14 degreesinstead of the traditional 17 degreesto accommodate the headstocks radical contour and to keep pressure on the strings. The headstocks form ensures straight string pull, which, when combined with the increased string pressure, means there is no loss of string vibration between the corian nut and the tuners, equaling better sustain. Black chrome-plated Grover bass tuners provide the necessary clearance between tuner buttons, allowing for comfortable access and uncomplicated tuning.
No basse gibson thunderbird ‘s neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles on the Gibson models of today. The 60s rounded bass neck profile on the Thunderbird IV is based on the more modern, slim-tapered necks most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibsons rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the restincluding the final sandingis done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

The gibson thunderbird walnut is beautiful. It’s strong, the handle is placed so that it is well balanced, and it has a lock on it. The inside secures the instrument nicely and it also has a utility compartment which stores the bottle of polish and the neck rod adjustment tool that comes with the guitar. I wasn’t real excited about the inside of my case being the color pink, but what the heck, it’s still a Gibson! Ease of Use: The thunderbird’s tonal quality is far superior to the P-bass that I used to play before I bought this bass. I personally find this bass very comfortable and easy to play, but I’m a tall, long armed person. It fits me well. Quality: You have to pick one up for yourself to appreciate it’s craftsmanship. I have no complaints about anything on my bass. I’ve read that the head can crack if it’s dropped, but like anything that I value, I don’t go throwing it around. I feel that it is a sturdy, well made bass. Mine is a beautiful sunburst finish that shines like a new car. I have no problem taking it on the road because of the sturdy case it comes in, and it’s steady on my guitar stand during breaks. If I had to pick a worst aspect of quality, I’d say that the balance is a little neck heavy, but not to a point where it affects playing.



Thunderbird Bass Bridge

thunderbird bass bridge

Breathe new life into your Gibson bass with the new completely redesigned Hipshot SuperTone Bass Bridge. A direct replacement unit for your Gibson 3 point bass bridge that uses your existing hole pattern. Machined out of solid aircraft quantity aluminum, the Hipshot SuperTone features complete adjustability that is easy to use: precise intonation, independent string height,string thru or top load option, and even side- to- side string spacing adjustment. Most important of all, TONE, PUNCH and SUSTAIN that will knock your socks off! Unleash the tone that is trapped in your bass with the new Hipshot Supertone Bass Bridge! *To achieve maximum tonal transference, the SuperTone is solidly fastened to your instrument. A very slight shadow of the bridge footprint may result. The gold bridge is delivered with all black hardware.

The patented Babicz FCH 3-Point four string bass bridge is a direct drop-in replacment upgrade for a standard Gibson 3-Point bass bridge. The Babicz double locking eCAM saddle offers full contact to the instruments body…improving tonality and sustain. Intonation and string height adjustments are a breeze, and these are the same bridges used on the Gibson 2015 Thunderbird and SG basses. Includes: Three mounting studs, shim plate, adjustment wrench and instructions.

There are some Thunderbird Bass Bridge the Les Paul, the SG, the Flying Vthat are instantly recognizable, their iconic shapes having long been embedded into the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts everywhere. The Gibson Thunderbird IV bass joined this distinguished lineup shortly after its introduction in 1963. The Thunderbirds unique reversed zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich, enlisted by Gibson to bolster the guitar lines of the early 60s and help solidify the companys eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers.Todays thunderbird pro bass with its huge, thunderous soundis still a benchmark of innovation, functionality, and style, and continues to symbolize Gibsons drive to achieve creative excellence.

Gibson Thunderbird Studio Bass

gibson thunderbird studio bass

For thundering lows with contemporary punch and presence in a timelessly stylish package, the new Gibson Thunderbird Studio Bass Non-Reverse Bass from Gibson USA can’t be beat. When Gibson changed up the original “Reverse-Bodied” Firebird guitar and Thunderbird bass lines in 1965 to the new “Non-Reverse” design—so called for its more traditional, though still groundbreaking, asymmetrical offset body lines—it created a whole new cult of devotees. The Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass applies the same radical design sense to the low end, adding cutting-edge hardware and a pair of the four-string world’s best sounding pickups for a package that takes you from rock, to pop, to jazz, to blues, to fusion with equal fluency. The Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass is a full-sized bass with a scale length of 34″ and the supreme playability you have come to expect from Gibson USA, so lows are as mammoth as you could ever want. This bass is primed for the demands of modern music, and it looks stunning in your choice of Vintage Sunburst or Pelham Blue finish, both in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, enhanced by black-plated hardware and solid-black pickup covers.

Like all great Gibson electric guitars, the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass starts with select tonewoods, carefully crafted for optimum sonic response. A solid mahogany body is carved in the iconic offset-cutaway style of the legendary 1965 Firebird guitar and Thunderbird bass. It has a glued-in neck made from solid, quarter-sawn mahogany for superior strength and resonance, which is carved in a comfortably rounded and supremely playable profile that measures .860″ at the 1st fret and .960″ at the 12th, with a distinctive four-a-side Thunderbird “beak” headstock. The fingerboard is made from rosewood for a classic look, clear tone, and unprecedented durability. In addition, a hardwearing PLEK-cut Corian™ nut helps to ensure precise intonation, while enhancing sustain and resonance.

Strings are anchored at the body end by a rock-solid three-point Thunderbird bridge with individually adjustable saddles, and high-quality Grover™ tuners at the headstock, all plated in black to match the contemporary look of the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass. This solid foundation is amplified through your rig of choice via a pair of contemporary Thunderbird pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity, giving the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass the power to slam the low end with depth and dynamics like no other bass available. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Put it all together, and it’s a great-playing bass with outstanding power and versatility, and stunning alternative looks to beat anything out there. Check one out today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and see what this mighty slab of alternative low-end can do for your music.

Each Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner’s manual, and is covered by Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.


Gibson Thunderbird 5 String Bass

gibson thunderbird 5 string

Nothing beats a booming and emotionally-charged bass tone that moves the music to the next level. Gibson has revealed six new bass guitars for its 2014 lineup, and the new models deliver the kind of sound that fuels the most passionate low-end playing.

The new models include a variety of SG and Thunderbird models and the Midtown Bass, all with many fresh, cutting-edge features. Moreover, since this year marks Gibson’s 120th anniversary, each 2014 model features a special 120th Anniversary banner inlay at the 12th fret.

Take a glance at the full roster of 2014 bass models below, and find more details on the new low-end offerings here.

The Gibson Thunderbird 5 String Bass is the thunderous companion to Gibson’s Firebird guitar and an unbeatable value for such a high-end instrument at $1,999 list. The killer model offers classic Thunderbird styling and nine-ply “through neck” construction, united with two excellent T-Bird Plus bass pickups and a sturdy, three-point adjustable bridge. The heart of the 2014 Thunderbird Bass is the model’s “through neck” construction, with the neck and central body section created from the same rugged nine-ply mahogany and walnut tonewood blank for supreme strength and sustain. This 34-inch scale bass also features a rosewood fingerboard that carries 20 jumbo frets and acrylic pearl dot inlays. Finishes available include Heritage Cherry, Vintage Sunburst, or Walnut finish.

The new SG Special Bass offers lots of low-end drive and character for a low price of just $699 list. The bass is made from solid mahogany in the now-famous double-cutaway SG style, with a glued-in, short-scale mahogany neck carved to a comfortable, slender profile. The 30-inch scale models also offers a rosewood fingerboard with 20 jumbo frets and dot inlays, plus an innovative T-Bird three-point bridge and Grover shamrock tuners. This beauty is available with a variety of finishes: Cherry Stain, Fireburst and Chocolate satin.

The 2014 SG Standard bass offers a range of high-quality features at a price that’s not going to break the bank: $1,399 list. Among that plethora of features are a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, Supreme Grip speed knobs, extra large strap button, 30-inch scale, T-Bird Plus and vintage-style T-Bird mini pickups, Grover shamrock-style tuners, gloss lacquer and 3-point adjustable bridge. Finishes available include Heritage Cherry and Walnut.

White Gibson Thunderbird Bass

White Thunderbird Bass

Derived from the White Gibson Thunderbird Bass  guitar line introduced back in 1963, the Thunderbird bass has always presented a hot alternative to the standard four-stringed options on stage and in the studio. The Thunderbird IV Bass from Gibson USA packs two of Gibson’s most powerful bass pickups, premium tonewoods, advanced hardware and through-neck construction for the ultimate in tone and sustain, wrapping it all in a look that remains thoroughly radical nearly 50 years after it first hit the scene. A full-size bass with a scale length of 34″ and the supreme playability you have come to expect from Gibson, this is a serious machine to hold down the bottom end for rock, metal, blues, fusion or whatever you want ram it into. On top of all that, it looks great in a high-gloss cherry finish, in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer, with a white pickguard with Thunderbird graphic.

The core of the Thunderbird IV Bass lies in its “through neck” construction, with the neck and body core crafted from the same rugged nine-piece, Grade-A mahogany and walnut tonewood blank for unparalleled strength and sustain. It takes more work to build a bass in this manner, but the effort pays off in every aspect of the instrument’s feel and response. Two solid, Grade-A mahogany body wings complete the iconic Thunderbird package, which cuts a figure recognized on stages the world over. The neck is carved to a comfortably rounded profile that measures .790″ at the 1st fret and .930″ at the 12th, with a width of 1.5″ at the nut. It is topped with a 20-fret fingerboard made from baked maple, whose tonal characteristics include good sustain with plenty of bite.

Strings are anchored at the body end by a rock-solid three-point Thunderbird bridge with individually adjustable saddles, and high-quality Grover tuners at the headstock, all plated in black to match the rockin’ look of this bass. All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary Thunderbird Plus Bass pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity, giving the Thunderbird IV Bass the power to roll out the rumble like no other bass out there. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Add it up, and it’s a great-looking, smooth-playing and fierce-sounding four-string—a stunning alternative to the run-of-the-mill basses in the game.

Check one out today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and see what that alternative rumble can do for your music. Each Thunderbird IV Bass includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner’s manual, and is covered by Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.

Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass

Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass

Handcrafted in China (but don’t let that put you off), it’s got 20 frets with a scale of 34 inches. The body is a thunderbird style which is most prefered by Nikki Sixx. The body of Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass  is made of Mahogany wood and the neck Hard Maple with a Rosewood fingerboard with Iron cross inlays. Two DeepSIXX humbuckers, with a killswitch, which is the only control on the bass. No volume control, no tone controls, no pickups Switch, just one kill switch. It’s also got an Opti-Grab thing which is used for keeping the bass balanced whilst playing. The bass came with a case and a leather DSL strap. There aren’t many features but this allows for the raw ballsy tone which this bass possesses.

Sound: This bass is built for rock n’ roll. If your looking to play anything else then you better off getting another bass. It has a very ballsy raw deep sound which is meant for the rock n’ roll sound, due to the DeepSIXX pickups which were designed by the preferences of Nikki Sixx. It is incredibly loud compared to any other bass due to the killswitch only control which sends it from zero to full blast with a flick of a Switch. The thing which is a negative about this bass is the lack of versatility. But if you want that fixed sound which is perfect for rock n’ roll then look no further.

This guitar is very solid. Everything on it seems it would last a lifetime. I think it would withstand heavy live playing. The only is that it tends to neck dive quite easily which is a real let down. It is extrememly neck heavy which is due to the strap buttons being place in the wrong position. I will fix that later on. I would depend on this any day without a backup, it is just such a solid guitar. The finish is quite nice, it feels good and looks good to. The matte finish feels like it would last quite a while compared to most other matte finish while feel very brittle.

The bass is made for my style of music, pure ROCK N’ ROLL! I don’t really play any other style so it doesn’t bother me with the lack of versatility. I know others will bagg this bass out for not having the versatility but I don’t really want anything more, this bass is perfect for me for the price. I just wish that this bass didn’t neck dive as its really uncomfortable to play at times but its just something I’m just going to have to get use to. I really love the sound of the pickups, they just sound so great for my style and I also really like the look of it, it’s just got the “Looks That Kill”.

Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar

Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar

A super clean 2013 Gibson Thunderbird IV Vintage Sunburst Electric Bass Guitar. A real workhorse of a bass that delivers classic bass tones for any style of music!

Get big bass tone, with Gibson’s Thunderbird IV solidbody electric bass. The instantly recognizable Thunderbird body lets everyone in the audience know you mean business. A mahogany body with mahogany/walnut laminate neck gives you the deep, grooving bass tones you need to really lay down the low end. Ceramic-magnet pickups provide fat tone that are perfect for any gig. With its killer blend of tonewoods, ceramic pickups, and rock-solid hardware, you’ll find yourself pushing your style to the limits when you play a Gibson Thunderbird IV electric bass.

Cosmetic Condition: Used in near mint condition! The guitar is all original with no play wear and neck is straight. Truss rod has been tested and is fully functioning.Features: Nitrocellulose finish, Mahogany Body, Mahogany/Walnut neck, Rosewood fretboard, 34″ scale, 12″ radius, Grover bass tuners, 1.6″ nut width, 3-point Thunderbird bridge.Electronics: Dual Thunderbird Humbucker pickups. Gibson designed these pickups with ceramic magnets to give you punch and clarity!

Playability/Sound: Very resonant and balanced with great clarity and plenty of warm smooth bass! A comfortable playing neck with easy to play low action.Case: Plush-lined Original hardshell case with black exterior, owner’s manual and truss-rod wrench included.


Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx

Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx

If you love Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx louder than Hell, Epiphone’s Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar is the axe for you. A pair of DeepSixx humbuckers give it thunderous output, especially since they are wired direct and have an on/off toggle as the only control. There’s no volume knob—it’s either full on or turned off. Another innovative feature is the Opti-Grab device which lets you solidly anchor your hand while picking at the bridge to get that hard drive. Black finish, black hardware, black pickguard, and iron cross inlays give it the signature Sixx look.

Mahogany body
Bolt-on hard maple neck with slim taper profile
Rosewood fretboard with iron cross inlays
20 frets
DeepSixx humbucking pickups
Opti-Grab device
On/Off toggle
Black hardware
Die-cast tuners

• Kim Gordon: Sonic Youth co-leader Gordon has gotten some of the nastiest and most uncompromising sounds to ever come from a bass out of her battle scarred 1976 Gibson Thunderbird. Since her divorce from that band’s Thurston Moore and the 2011 announcement of Sonic Youth’s hiatus, Gordon has gone on to play her Thunderbird across the world’s stages in a duo with drummer Ikue Mori and moved to guitar for her new band Body/Head.

• Mike Watt: The prince of punk rock bass, Watt has long been associated with his weathered non-reverse Thunderbird II, which still bears a sticker from his first notable band the Minutemen. With its custom bone nut and Chandler replacement Thunderbird pickups, Watt also wielded this bass during his Firehose years and it was his exclusive instrument for his solo album Contemplating the Engine Room.

• Adam Clayton: The U2 bassist has two vintage Thunderbird II basses in his touring and recording racks. Both are from the ’60s and have single pickups, and the later model, likely built between 1966 and 1969, appears notably — along with the Edge’s with Les Paul Custom — in the official video for “The Fly.”


Gibson Thunderbird For Sale

gibson thunderbird for sale

The coolest things about the Gibson Thunderbird For Sale are its sound and its look. This instrument, which the company began building in 1963, immediately established itself as a growling low-end rock machine, putting sonic thunder into classic recordings by the Who and, later, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nirvana, among many others. And like its higher voiced sister, the Gibson Firebird guitar, the instrument’s fine lines were designed by Raymond Dietrich, whose work for automakers Chrysler, Lincoln and Checker explains its bold curves and fins.

Let’s take a look at this great bass — which is having a renaissance year thanks to the 2014 Thunderbird model recently introduced by Gibson USA — and 10 of the best bassists who’ve used the Thunderbird to take the sonic low road to fame.

• John Entwistle: The images of Entwistle plucking magic from his two 1964 Thunderbirds are among the most indelible in bass history. Although Keith Moon accidentally destroyed one of his T-birds, the other was sold at auction for nearly $50,000 in 2003. Check out Quadrophenia and The Who By Numbers to hear Entwistle making his ’Bird sing in classic form.

• Gene Simmons: The KISS Army’s general has played many basses over the decades, but from 1974 to ’77 he was a Gibson endorser with Grabbers and Thunderbirds in his arsenal. His ebony finished Thunderbird made many appearances during KISS’ 1977 tour supporting the releases of Rock ‘n’ Roll Over and Love Gun.

• Tom Hamilton: Listen to the beginning of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.” That’s Hamilton playing one of the Thunderbirds that helped him formulate the band’s durable sound on its classic early albums Toys in the Attic and Get Your Wings.

• Tom Petersson: Pop die-hard Petersson not only used his 1964 Thunderbird on seminal recordings by Cheap Trick, he had it refinished as a tribute to one of his favorite artists, the great John Lennon. Petersson’s Thunderbird III sports a paint job inspired by the psychedelic look of the Gibson J-160 acoustic guitar Lennon used on the famed 1967 “All You Need is Love” satellite broadcast.

• Jared Followill : It isn’t just classic rockers who depend on the Thunderbird. The Kings of Leon bassist is also a ’Bird man — especially on stage. His testimonial: “I’ve used a few different basses over the years, but I’m pretty horrible when it comes to knowledge on the technical side of things. I basically started playing a Thunderbird because Gibson sent me a free one. I tried it out for one show, and it happened to be a really amazing show — it sounded great, and our soundman was really pleased. Because of its longer scale, it was a lot harder to play than my EB-3 — which I could just rip on — but in time I got used to it. It was a difficult transition, but it sounded better, and it ultimately made me a stronger player. It had clearer highs and lows, and I could get a certain crunch that was missing with the EB-3.”

• Krist Novoselic: The Gibson Ripper was Novoselic’s main bass through his years with Nirvana until he settled on the Thunderbird IV in the band’s last months. Novoselic was so enamored with the T-bird design that he celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind by creating the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass with Gibson. The instrument follows the essential curves of the Thunderbird IV

Gibson Thunderbird Pickguard

gibson thunderbird pickups

I’ve been dabbling with Gibson Thunderbird Pickguard  guitar/bass repair for years out of necessity and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at refinishing a bass, but I’ve never had the right candidate to practice on… until now.

A Czech-made clone of a 1965.5 to 69 Gibson Thunderbird bass (referred to as the “non-reverse” body style) came into my life and immediately captured my interest. These basses were custom-made based on measurements, photos, and tracings taken from an original Gibson non-reverse Thunderbird. I generally don’t go out of my way for a copy, but this one is pretty remarkable.

My primary gigging bass these days is a scruffy old ’76 Thunderbird, and I was impressed (amazed) by how closely this one nailed the distinctive sound and feel of the “real” Thunderbird. The dimensions of the skinny neck and thin body, the shape of the set neck heel, the break angle at the headstock, the position of the controls and jack, and the repro bridge assembly… everything together yielded an almost dead-ringer copy of an original (which is relatively scarce; only a few hundred ever produced; never reissued).

The Goth Thunderbird Bass puts a new twist on an old favorite and with a Pitch Black finish, becomes the black diamond of the Goth collecton. The Thunderbird first issued from the legendary Kalamazoo factory in 1963 was for a time the only bass available from Gibson or Epiphone. But really, what else could you need? The Thunderbird’s unique “reversed” zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich, who was enlisted by the Kalamazoo factory to bolster the guitar lines of the early ’60s and help solidify the factory’s eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers. The Thunderbird bass was quickly embraced by rock and rollers in the States and in England and Europe, and today is still the ultimate rock and roll low end machine. Building upon the long-term success of the classic Thunderbird, Epiphone introduces the Goth ThunderbirdTM IV for serious rockers only.

Like all of our instruments, the Goth Thunderbird-IV comes with our Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 customer service. Visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer today and get back to a new future soar with a Thunderbird Pro from our bass collection