Gibson Thunderbird Bass

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The Gibson Thunderbird Bass , 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 electric guitar line 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, the UK, 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 Thunderbird™ IV.

Like all of our instruments, the gibson thunderbird parts-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.

The gibson thunderbird goth 2015 Thunderbird Electric Bass Guitar offers what most bassists crave: incredible style and sustain. The 9-ply multi-laminate neck goes right through to the bridge, letting notes ring uniterrupted by neck joints and shims. Electronics benefit from Gibson’s new Alnico V pickups that offer humless performance and coil-tapping switches for expanded tones to match any musical genre. This Thunderbird features all of the 2015 updates including an improved bridge and smoother fingerboard. Comes with hardshell case.

All 2015 Gibson models benefit from some important upgrades:
G-Force on all guitars except LP Supreme, Firebird and Derek Trucks SG
Zero Fret Nut- Patent applied for nut with adjustable action
New wider neck and fingerboard (.050 per side) for increased playing comfort
New tune-o-matic bridge featuring hex wrench adjustment on thumbscrews for easy action adjustments .

Professional set up-Accurate intonation, new PLEK program, 27% lower fret wire
Smoother sanded/buffed fingerboard with new oil treatment ,One piece thicker rosewood fingerboardPearl inlays return on all product,More robust cables change from 28 awg to 26 awg for improved signal,New improved jack design for uninterrupted signal,No Satin or Vintage Gloss finishes : All sku’s will be gloss lacquer,New removable LP pick guard with no screws needed
In honor of Les Paul’s 100th birthday all LP and SG guitars will carry the 100 logo on the headstock,Les Paul Hologram-For authenticity and a tribute to the man
Hardshell case on all models

Features:
Body: Mahogany wings
Neck: 9-ply multi laminate neck thru mahogany/walnut neck
Nut: Zero Fret Nut with adjustable action
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34″
Inlays: Pearl
Pickups: New Alnico V bass pickups with two coil tap switches
Hardware: Full-contact three-point adjustable bridge
Pickguard: Removable LP pickguard with no screws needed
Case: Hardshell

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The Thunderbird Bass, 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 Thunderbirds 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 electric guitar line and help solidify the factorys eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers. The Thunderbird bass was quickly embraced by rock and rollers in the States, the UK, 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 Thunderbird IV.

The great sound and look of the classic thunderbird bass 2015• Alder body with 20-fret, 34″ maple neck and rosewood fingerboard,• 2-TB-Plus humbuckers, 2 volume, and 1 tone.The Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass has a classic shape and a great sound. This streamlined design is based on Gibson’s original model. 2 humbucking pickups. Volume and tone controls. Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

Yes the Sterling has decent hardware and plays very very well. But the active pickup is way to crisp….not my cup of tea. I’m a passive fan. The Sterling looks esentually like a strat which to me looks goofy. The finish on them is also pretty poor. The mint green is very light…no where near as dark as fenders surf green. The walnut color is ok, but mohagany is pretty boring to look at especially since the finish is mat.

This gibson 2015 thunderbird bass however is fantastic. The finish looks great and the pick ups are good too. I’ve been told the bass is a rock bass, but with the diverse range of tones I made on mine you could easily play jazz or country if you wanted…..even metal.Mine didn’t have fret buzz but i have a feeling I just got lucky.The hardware is black (not a fan) but the quality seems to be better cuz they went with a cheaper finish. Though the tuners seam kinda iffy. Stays in tune though.

No neck dive either. Not sure what ppl are talking about. The Gibson does, but this bolt on neck epiphone is very balanced. It’s plenty comfortable to sit down and play too.My dream is a rickenbacker,…..but I don’t have that kinda money lol. This is probably the most affordable good sounding wierd looking bass out there.

Features:
Classic design
Alder body (Mahogany on Silverburst finish)
34″ scale
Maple neck
Rosewood fingerboard
20 frets
2 TB-Plus humbuckers
2 volume and 1 tone
Chrome hardware
Polyurethane finish

Gibson Thunderbird

gibson thunderbird

The Gibson Thunderbird was introduced in 1963.[1] At the time, Fender had been the leader in the electric bass market since their introduction of the Precision Bass twelve years earlier.The Thunderbird was designed by U.S. auto designer Raymond H. Dietrich (Chrysler, Lincoln, Checker)[1] along with the Firebird guitar, which it resembles in design, construction, and name .

The Thunderbird bass, like the Rickenbacker 4000 series, and like the Firebird guitar it was designed concurrently with, had neck-through construction, where the neck wood went through the entire length of the body, with the rest of the body being glued into place.

While previous Gibson bass guitars had a short scale of 30½”, the Thunderbird had a 34″ scale equal to that of the 34″ scale of Fender’s bass guitars.

There were originally two Thunderbird models, the Thunderbird II (one pickup) and Thunderbird ,In 1966, Gibson changed the Thunderbird’s design and construction. The original Thunderbirds (and Firebirds) had a “reverse” body, with the treble horn extended and the bass horn recessed. Due to a lawsuit brought by Fender because of the resemblance to the Fender Jazzmaster, the body styles were modified, with the result being called the “non-reverse” body.[2] Also, the expensive neck-through construction was replaced by traditional Gibson set-neck construction. The non-reverse Thunderbird was continued until 1969, when the Thunderbird was discontinued. Though fewer non-reverse Thunderbirds were shipped, the original reverse-body instruments retain a higher collector’s value. Gibson started producing the non-reverse Thunderbirds again for the public in late 2012 .

The Thunderbird IV was reissued in 1976 as a bicentennial edition. This reissue featured the original body shape and neck-through construction but unlike the previous issues, the bicentennial edition included the new “3-point” bridge and a red, white, and blue thunderbird logo. The bass was offered in tobacco burst, ebony, white, or natural finish. After the bicentennial, the Thunderbird was continued as a regular production model until 1979, when it was discontinued once again.

There are some guitars—the Les Paul, the SG, the Flying V—that 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 Thunderbird’s 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 company’s eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers.Today’s Thunderbird IV—with its huge, thunderous sound—is still a benchmark of innovation, functionality, and style, and continues to symbolize Gibson’s drive to achieve creative excellence.