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Gibson Thunderbird For Sale

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The coolest things about the Gibson Thunderbird For Sale are its sound and its look. This instrument, which the company began building in 1963, immediately established itself as a growling low-end rock machine, putting sonic thunder into classic recordings by the Who and, later, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nirvana, among many others. And like its higher voiced sister, the Gibson Firebird guitar, the instrument’s fine lines were designed by Raymond Dietrich, whose work for automakers Chrysler, Lincoln and Checker explains its bold curves and fins.

Let’s take a look at this great bass — which is having a renaissance year thanks to the 2014 Thunderbird model recently introduced by Gibson USA — and 10 of the best bassists who’ve used the Thunderbird to take the sonic low road to fame.

• John Entwistle: The images of Entwistle plucking magic from his two 1964 Thunderbirds are among the most indelible in bass history. Although Keith Moon accidentally destroyed one of his T-birds, the other was sold at auction for nearly $50,000 in 2003. Check out Quadrophenia and The Who By Numbers to hear Entwistle making his ’Bird sing in classic form.

• Gene Simmons: The KISS Army’s general has played many basses over the decades, but from 1974 to ’77 he was a Gibson endorser with Grabbers and Thunderbirds in his arsenal. His ebony finished Thunderbird made many appearances during KISS’ 1977 tour supporting the releases of Rock ‘n’ Roll Over and Love Gun.

• Tom Hamilton: Listen to the beginning of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.” That’s Hamilton playing one of the Thunderbirds that helped him formulate the band’s durable sound on its classic early albums Toys in the Attic and Get Your Wings.

• Tom Petersson: Pop die-hard Petersson not only used his 1964 Thunderbird on seminal recordings by Cheap Trick, he had it refinished as a tribute to one of his favorite artists, the great John Lennon. Petersson’s Thunderbird III sports a paint job inspired by the psychedelic look of the Gibson J-160 acoustic guitar Lennon used on the famed 1967 “All You Need is Love” satellite broadcast.

• Jared Followill : It isn’t just classic rockers who depend on the Thunderbird. The Kings of Leon bassist is also a ’Bird man — especially on stage. His testimonial: “I’ve used a few different basses over the years, but I’m pretty horrible when it comes to knowledge on the technical side of things. I basically started playing a Thunderbird because Gibson sent me a free one. I tried it out for one show, and it happened to be a really amazing show — it sounded great, and our soundman was really pleased. Because of its longer scale, it was a lot harder to play than my EB-3 — which I could just rip on — but in time I got used to it. It was a difficult transition, but it sounded better, and it ultimately made me a stronger player. It had clearer highs and lows, and I could get a certain crunch that was missing with the EB-3.”

• Krist Novoselic: The Gibson Ripper was Novoselic’s main bass through his years with Nirvana until he settled on the Thunderbird IV in the band’s last months. Novoselic was so enamored with the T-bird design that he celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind by creating the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass with Gibson. The instrument follows the essential curves of the Thunderbird IV

Thunderbird Bass For Sale

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Power, Tone, and Soaring of Thunderbird Bass For Sale Looks! The 2014 Thunderbird Bass is the roaring four-string partner to the Firebird guitar line introduced in 1963, and its soaring looks, thundering tone, and solid, full scale playability make this an exceptional value in a handcrafted, made-in-America bass. Vintage SunburstView larger 2014 Available FinishesView larger Body and neck 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. Pickups and electronics 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.

Hardware 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.

Protective Case The 2014 Thunderbird Bass comes protected in a vintage-brown Gibson hardshell case, includes a truss-rod wrench and owner’s manual. About Gibson USA Gibson USA continues the tradition of innovation, premium quality, and made-in-America hand-craftsmanship that started in 1894. Although their flagship Les Paul is the most iconic guitar in history, other innovative guitars and basses have become standards in their own right—like the SG, Explorer, Flying V, and Firebird. Gibson instruments are truly “American made, world played. ” Thunderbird Bass at a Glance 34”-scale-length bassDelivers anything from mellow jazz lines to rumbling rockTwo mighty T-Bird Plus bass pickupsRock-solid three-point adjustable bridge120th Anniversary banner inlay at the 12th fret

Gibson USA continues to raise the bar of Quality, Prestige and Innovation with the new line up of 2015 guitars. All Gibson USA guitars except for the Les Paul Supreme, Firebird and Derek Trucks SG will ship with the G-Force tuning system. Among many of the added features is the new Zero Fret Nut which is a patented applied for nut that has adjustable action capabilities. The new Tune-O-Matic Bridge features a hex wrench adjustment on thumbscrews for easy action adjustments. All guitars receive a professional set up with accurate intonation, and a new PLEK program with 27% lower fret wire.

 

 

Gibson Thunderbird Bass For Sale

gibson thunderbird bass for sale

The Gibson Thunderbird Bass For Sale is a classic four string that will provide soaring tones and thundering lows to the modern bassist! With classic asymmetrical offset body lines, cutting-edge hardware and a pair of the four-string world’s best sounding pickups, the Thunderbird Non Reverse bass will take you from rock, to pop, to jazz, to blues, to fusion with equal fluency.

This full-sized bass with a scale length of 34 inches has supreme playability you have come to expect from Gibson USA. The Thunderbird bass is primed for the demands of modern music, and it looks stunning in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, enhanced by black-plated hardware and solid-black pickup covers.

Thunderbird Style Bass Electric Bass Guitar Features/Mahogany body in two stunning nitrocellulose finishes/Mahogany neck with comfortable, rounded profile/Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays/Thunderbird Bass pickups in the neck and bridge positions/Three point bass bridge with adjustable saddles/Grover bass tuners with 20:1 ratio

Tonewoods
Gibson crafts the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass 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, with a distinctive four-a-side Thunderbird ‘beak’ headstock.

The fingerboard on this bass 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.

Hardware
Strings of gibson thunderbird price 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.

Electronics
A pair of contemporary Thunderbird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets provide enhanced punch and clarity, giving the Gibson 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.