It was a wild-looking Bass Gibson Thunderbird in ’63 and still is today. This version combines the reverse body and headstock styling of the original with Gibson’s proven set-neck construction. Made in the U.S. of mahogany and equipped with grover tuners, 2 TB plus ceramic humbuckers. A classic thumper with a strong alternative vibe. Includes Gibson hardshell case.
This is the perfect metal and rock bass. I have been playing for around 4 years, and use Peavy and G-K amps only. I played this once before buying and knew it was the one. The looks. The sound. The feel. It was like when I met my girlfriend. I knew it was the one. If it were stolen, I would cry, and buy a new one right away. I don’t slap much, but I know how, so if I’m ever in a slappy mood, I must retreat to the old Ibanez. My favorite feature is the look of the body. It reminds my of the ’80s. My real complaint is a lack of tonal versitility. Both pickups sound about the same, and there is only one tone knob. It should have a master volume, pickup blender, tone for each pickup, and a low, high, mid EQ. My custom Fender has this in 5 knobs, and it takes up little space. In closing, I’d like to give Gibson an A++ on this bass and compliment them on making a monster of an axe. Good job, guys
The core of the 2014 Thunderbird Bass lies in its “through neck” construction, with the neck and central body section fashioned from the same rugged nine-ply mahogany and walnut tonewood blank for unparalleled strength and sustain. Two solid mahogany body wings complete the distinctive Thunderbird look. This full-scale 34” bass features a rosewood fingerboard that carries 20 jumbo frets, acrylic pearl dot inlays, and a 120th Anniversary banner inlay at the 12th fret.
The firm sonic foundation of the Thunderbird Bass cranks through a pair of superbly versatile contemporary T-Bird Plus bass pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity. Individual volume controls and a master tone control let you blend the pickups for a wide range of sounds.
A three-point T-Bird bridge in black chrome provides a rock-solid anchor at the body end for maximum resonance and sustain, with black chrome tuners at the stylish four-in-line headstock. A white pickguard with Thunderbird graphic, black truss-rod cover with Gibson logo, and black top-hat knobs with silver inserts complete the package.
Mahogany body with reversed Thunderbird design
Mahogany neck with rounded profile
Rosewood fretboard with pearloid dots
34″ scale length
2 TB Plus ceramic humbuckers
Controls: 2 volume, 1 tone