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Goth Thunderbird Bass

Goth Thunderbird Bass

The Goth Thunderbird Bass  guitar has great looks, action and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34″-scale hard maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Gothic inlay at the 12th fret. The pickguard is dressed up with a Celtic cross while the black-on-black hardware and satin black finish give it a decidedly dark demeanor. Two Thunderbird Plus pickups provide appropriate growl. Case sold separately.

This specially assembled package not only gives you an Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar and an Epiphone Studio 15B bass amplifier to lay down grooves with, but quality accessories to properly play it and safely store it.

The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar has great looks, action, and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34″-scale hard maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Gothic inlay at the 12th fret. The pickguard is dressed up with a Celtic cross while the black-on-black hardware and satin black finish give it a decidedly dark demeanor. Two Thunderbird Plus pickups provide appropriate growl.

The Epiphone All-Access Thunderbird Bass Amp Pack features the Epiphone Studio 15B bass amplifier and comes with all the accessories you need to get started right. The amp has an 8″ bass speaker, 15W of power, and a sharp black and chrome look. The accessories include a gig bag that perfectly fits the Goth Thunderbird bass, headphones for silent practice, a quartz digital tuner, premium strap, and 20-foot premium cable.

Features :

Mahogany body
34″-scale hard maple neck
Rosewood fretboard
1-1/2″ nut width
Gothic inlay at the 12th fret
Celtic cross on pickguard
Black hardware
2 Thunderbird Plus pickups
Case sold separately

Custom Thunderbird Bass

Custom Thunderbird Bass

Welcome to Mike Lull Custom Guitars! We are a custom bass and guitar manufacturer and guitar repair shop located just outside of Seattle in Bellevue, Washington. Mike Lull has been building and repairing guitars and basses for over 35 years and hand-builds every instrument that bears his name to this day.

What is our main goal here at Mike Lull Custom Thunderbird Bass ? To build you your dream bass or guitar that you quite simply LOVE to play!We are highly respected luthiers, having built and repaired instruments for many well-known artists, including our above-mentioned signature artists. Despite the high quality of our work, our shop is not intimidating and we welcome guitar players of all stripes to stop by the shop for a free instrument assessment.While the instruments we build are solid body electrics, we are also an outstanding acoustic guitar repair shop, able to repair, upgrade and restore guitars of all kinds and vintages. See our repairs page for more details.

The Gibson Thunderbird was launched in 1963 as a response to the long-scale solid-bodied Fender basses that were doing so well at the time (Fender Jazz and Precision). This was a high end instrument, and retailed at slightly more than Fenders offerings. In Gibsons July 1963 pricelist the Thunderbird II was $260 and the IV was $335, compared to $229.50 for a Fender Precision and $279.50 for the Jazz.

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.

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).

Greco Thunderbird Bass

greco thunderbird bass

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This is one of the early Greco basses that is actually period-accurate for the instrument it copied. Usually, the early models had strange hardware and iffy build quality. This is the oldest Thunderbird replica I’ve ever seen, and it happens to be in great collectible condition still. The neck is remarkably straight and the truss rod turns in both directions easily if you ever needed to adjust it.

I keep the strings slacked a bit when not playing, but not by much and it has stayed put. It is built like a tank and has a really gnarly tone from its one pickup. I wouldn’t say it has a muddy tone, but it surely goes into overdrive easily and reminds me of the classic Jefferson Airplane bass tone. It has a few body chips and scratches typical of an instrument its age, but shows little sign of wear on the frets. The bridge cover is missing, but Gibson parts usually fit without a needed mod job. Primp out that afro, put on the shades and crank ‘er up to 10. You’ll be grinning for hours.

White Thunderbird Bass

White Thunderbird Bass

The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock’s most recognizable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, the Thunderbird has powered artists as varied as Nikki Sixx, The Who, Kings of Leon, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan and The Silversun Pickups. Turn on your radio and you’ll hear a Thunderbird bass. Now, Epiphone takes all the vintage mojo of the original Thunderbird IV and sends it flying into the future with Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets and all the ’Bird’s original styling and features intact.

The 2014 gibson thunderbird was one of the most radical designs to come out of the Gibson and Epiphone Kalamazoo factory in the early ’60s, thanks to legendary automotive designer Ray Dietrich, who was asked to put a new twist on solidbody guitars and basses. The sound of the Thunderbird IV was as cutting edge as its design and now the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO returns with all of Epiphone’s first-class quality and a lifetime guarantee, but without the hassles of owning (or hiding) a vintage instrument. Case sold separately.

First off this gibson thunderbird vintage sunburst a GIbson Thunderbird, there are 2 differences, one being the neck through is 7 ply whereas the GIbson is 9 ply, and the second being that it has an Epiphone truss rod cover instead of a GIbson one. Same pickups (USA Gibson ‘buckers”) and everything else…at 1/3 the price. Classic sound, classic looks, I got the Vintage Burst and it is HOT. One thing to note for you tall bassists, I am 6’2”…you will need a very very long strap for this beast as the strap buttons are placed so that it requires it, unless of course you like to play with your bass under your armpits, then you will be ok, I found that a 60″ strap was way too short. Get this bass before it goes away, you wont be sorry. Oh, one last thing, don’t believe the whole “neck dive” thing, this ‘bird is nicely balanced and plays very comfortably

I recently bought this gibson thunderbird reverse for touring because I wanted to have a relatively cheap bass that I wouldn’t worry about getting messed up. Unfortunately for me, I was not expecting such a high quality instrument. This bass is incredible, the Gibson TB plus pickups are incredibly responsive (barely have to turn up the volume on my amp to be heard over drums), the finish (vintage sunburst) is beautiful and has a finish very similar to a Casino, the neck is slim and fast, very easy to play, and it is surprisingly light for its size. There are only two small issues with this bass worth noting. 1.) The string spacing is smaller than most basses and takes a while to get used to. 2.) The bass comes with a plastic nut like most Epiphones and will need replaced if you really want it to reach its true potential. I’m still giving this bass 5 stars because you get much more than what you pay for and the issues are easily overcome/fixed. If you’re looking for a affordable, visually striking, reliable bass, this is it. Buy it
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Bass Thunderbird

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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).

Scale: 34″
Construction: Neck-thru
Neck: 9-ply multi-laminate Mahogany/Walnut
Body: Mahogany wings
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Pickups: Alnico V bass pickups with two coil tap switches
Bridge: Full-contact three-point adjustable bridge
Case: Hardshell

Scale: 30.5″
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
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

Thunderbird Bass Sale

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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