For thundering lows with contemporary punch and presence in a timelessly stylish package, the new Thunderbird 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 4 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 of gibson thunderbird vintage 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.
Aswell as being Gibsons 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.