Next year We will see the revamp of two classic Gibson Bass Thunderbird including the SG Standard and Thunderbird bass models. Each of the basses will retain many of their features with improvements including a full contact bridge, thicker and smoother rosewood fingerboards, pearl inlays, comprehensive setups, upgraded output jacks, and more robust cables for improved signal strength.
The 2015 Gibson Thunderbird steps away from the company’s standard T-bird pickups and is fitted with a new set of Alnico V pickups. The humless set has two coil tap switches to offer up eight distinct sounds. Its 9-piece laminate mahogany and walnut neck is flanked with mahogany body wings, which Gibson says offers increased sustain. The 2015 Thunderbird will come in a Vintage Sunburst finish.
Featuring a 30.5-inch scale, the 2015 SG Standard Bass is built with a mahogany body, mahogany neck, and an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The bass is loaded with a T-Bird Plus pickup in the neck position and a T-Bird Mini pickup in the bridge position for tonal versatility. Hardware includes max grip speed knobs, Grover shamrock tuners, and a 3-point adjustable bridge. The bass comes in Heritage Cherry Sunburst finished in a gloss lacquer.
The thunderbird bass club SG Standard and Thunderbird Basses will come with hardshell cases and carry street prices of $1,679 and $2,599, respectively.
Aswell as being gibson thunderbird pickup first long scale bass, it had their first fully-adjustable bass bridge, and was the first Gibson bass to utilize neck-through construction. This idea had first been used on an electric bass six years earlier by Rickenbacker (the 4000 bass), and consisted of one central piece of wood spanning the entire lenth of the instrument, and ‘wings’ glued to the sides to make the body. This contrasted the seperate neck and body approach of most guitar makers who normally glued (Gibson) or bolted (Fender) the neck to the body.
The central wood was raised slightly and accomodated tuners, pickups, bridge and the tailpiece. Having the entire length of the strings vibrating on one peice of wood increases sustain, and has added strength for long necks. It is a technique still widely used today on higher end guitars and basses; most notably Rickenbacker and B.C. Rich (and many more besides). The mahogany wings were glued on using a V-shaped notch and groove arangement. This construction method is unchanged in todays Thunderbird IVs (though slightly different woods are now used).
Neck: 9-ply multi-laminate Mahogany/Walnut
Body: Mahogany wings
Pickups: Alnico V bass pickups with two coil tap switches
Bridge: Full-contact three-point adjustable bridge
Fingerboard: Unbound Rosewood
Pickups: T-Bird Plus (Neck), Vintage style T-bird mini (Bridge)
Bridge: Three-point, full-contact adjustable bridge
Tuners: Grover shamrock
Finish: Heritage Cherry in Gloss lacquer
Case: Hardshell Case included