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Gibson Thunderbird V

gibson thunderbird v

The Gibson Thunderbird V is a classic four-string bass 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 Studio 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 Studio 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.

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.

Strings 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.

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.

– 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

Thunderbird Bass Gibson

thunderbird gibson bass

My bassist just got a new Thunderbird Bass Gibson and she plays a Squire P bass, So were were talking about new basses. I suggested a Mexican P or J. They’re cheap, they sound good, Theyre easy to find in lefty versions. She said If she was gonna buy a new bass she was gonna save up for something nice and that she didn’t a fender J or P bass. She wanted a Thunderbird.
I don’t know that much about this bass. I know a lot of people say it for pick player, which she is. And that its good for rock (we play thrashy, grindy, metaly hardcore) But I wanted to get some opinions. What do you guys think of the Thunderbird compared to an American J or P bass and just as a bass in general?
When you step onstage with this Gibson 2015 Thunderbird bass guitar, your audience will know that you mean business. Every time you plug this bass guitar in, you’ll experience a growling, fat tone with bold lows and pronounced lower mids that sounds unbelievably smooth, yet punchy. New Alnico V bass pickups with 2 coil tap switches give you a versatile tonal range of deep, grooving low end. At Sweetwater, we were blown away by this bass guitar’s uber-comfortable mahogany/walnut thru neck, and we’re confident that this Gibson 2015 Thunderbird bass guitar will help you push your musical boundaries to (and possibly beyond) their breaking point.
To equip this Gibson 2015 Thunderbird bass guitar with the instantly recognizable thump you’d expect from such a versatile bass, Gibson went with the tried-and-true combination of a mahogany body and a multi-piece mahogany/walnut laminate neck with rosewood fingerboard. This gives you an amazing balance of chest-pounding resonance and the fast response you need to pull off percussive bass lines.

Gibson Thunderbird Pickups

gibson thunderbird pickups

The Gibson Thunderbird Pickups ’s distinct headstock stays true to Gibson’s industry-changing way of thinking. Like every Gibson headstock, the angled Thunderbird headstock is carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck. The angle is carefully set to 14 degrees—instead of the traditional 17 degrees—to accommodate the headstock’s radical contour and to keep pressure on the strings. The headstock’s form ensures straight string pull, which, when combined with the increased string pressure, means there is no loss of string vibration between the corian nut and the tuners, equaling better sustain. Black chrome-plated Grover bass tuners provide the necessary clearance between tuner buttons, allowing for comfortable access and uncomplicated tuning.

No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles on the Gibson models of today. The ’60s rounded bass neck profile on the Thunderbird IV is based on the more modern, slim-tapered necks most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibson’s rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

The pickups on the early Gibson basses of the 1960s remained unchanged for many years, undergoing only minor cosmetic modifications from time to time, but staying true to the originals’ sonic characteristics. The pickups in today’s Thunderbird IV—two vintage-style TB Plus humbuckers—both capture and recreate the classic attributes of those early Gibson basses. The TB plus humbuckers are traditional hum-cancelling bass pickups with ceramic magnets. They are wax potted then filled with epoxy, producing a full frequency, heavy-bottom sound similar to pickups with a passive EQ, and delivering the huge, powerful bass tone the Thunderbird IV is renowned for.

white gibson thunderbird’s innovative three-way adjustable bridge and tailpiece combo is the standard for simplicity and functionality. It provides players with the ability to adjust and fine-tune the height of the Thunderbird IV’s bass strings in all directions—front, back, and side-to-side—which gives the bridge a “floating” feature, thus allowing the bass to be equipped with a variety of string gauges and multiple set-up options.

The gibson thunderbird studio 5-string’s legendary resonance, tone, and sustain is the result of anchoring the bridge directly into the body at its three adjustable points, which provides a firm seating for the strings and yields a strong union between the strings and body. Readily accessible screws make setting the intonation simple and unproblematic. To this day, Gibson’s three-way adjustable bridge remains an industry standard. It is the epitome of form and function in bass guitar bridge design.

 

Gibson Thunderbird White

gibson thunderbird white

While the original gibson thunderbird 5 made its debut in the 60s, it has found its way into the hands of famous guitar players from all walks of life since then, including Johnny Winter and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera. The 2010 updates the original Firebird, with the “though-body” neck design and hawk’s head headstock and turns up the volume an extra notch with newly-added mini-humbuckers. Also equipped with Steinberger gearless tuners, this one-of-a-kind guitar brings plenty of classic tone and vintage looks to the table.

Gibson guitars have been around for well over a century. When guitarists are looking for an outstanding combination of superb tone and playability along with great looks and gorgeous finishes, the choice for most of those 100 plus years has been Gibson. From their amazing collection of fine acoustics to the electric guitars that literally rewrote music history, Gibson guitars have been on almost every chart-topping album from artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cream and Led Zeppelin.

These “first call” instruments of vintage gibson thunderbird also cross an enormous array of diverse styles, from folk and country to blues and hard rock. With that resume, it’s not surprising that so many of Gibson’s best-selling instruments have changed little over the decades. Because there’s just no sense in messing with a good thing!

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. The 2014 model features solid mahogany body and wings, 9-ply multi laminate mahogany/walnut neck, rosewood fingerboard with the extra-special 120th anniversary banner on the 12th fret, max grip speed knobs, extra large strap button, graph tech nut, 34″ scale, T-Bird Plus pickups, black chrome hardware and 3-point adjustable bridge. Mahogany wings 9-ply multi laminate neck thru mahogany/walnut neck Rosewood fingerboard with 120th anniversary banner 34” scale Electronics: T-Bird Plus pickups Black Chrome hardware 3-Point adjustable bridge

Classic White Finish
Mahogany Body
Mahogany and Walnut Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
24.75″ Scale Length
12″ Fretboard Radius
1.695″ Nut Width
22 Frets
495R Neck Pickup
495T Bridge Pickup
Two Volume, Two Tone Controls
Tune-O-Matic Bridge
Steinberger Gearless Tuners
Corian Nut
Chrome Hardware

Gibson Thunderbird Guitar

gibson thunderbird guitar

The Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar has been holding down the floor at Gibson for much of the last few decades.That is, they’ve been laying a nice floor of sound. As for sales, they’ve always achieved great heights.Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar Introduced in 1963, the gibson thunderbird 4 was a successful effort to steal some of the rumble from Fender, a company that had been leading the bass guitar market since they brought out the Precision Bass more than a decade before.The T-Bird bass looks like it’s in a hurry to get somewhere, and that’s no wonder.

It was designed by American car designer Raymond H. Dietrich, who worked for Chrysler and Lincoln, among other brands.He also created the similar-looking Firebird electric guitars.While some say the unusual design — with horns jutting off in two directions and cowering timidly in the other two — represents extreme motion, others say it looks like someone left a square guitar in the car and it melted.

Whatever you think of the design of burny thunderbird bass, it caused Gibson some problems.Originally, the treble horn on the instrument was extended and the bass horn was less prominent, but Fender sued, asserting that the Thunderbird looked too much like their Jazzmaster.In 1966, Gibson flipped the horns, and the so-called non-reverse Thunderbirds were born.

When production ceased on the instrument in 1969, that brought an end to the backwards design.During the non-reverse years, another of the Thunderbird’s primary characteristics disappeared, too.The neck that went all the way through the body for stability was replaced with Gibson’s standard set-neck construction.

The Thunderbird IV, as it should be called, briefly returned in 1976 for a bicentennial edition reissue model, then a regular production model was continued until 1979, when this model disappeared again.Now, the Thunderbird IV is back in Gibson’s bass lineup, along with an upgraded Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass and some low-cost, lower quality Epiphone versions.

The current Thunderbird IV shares a lot of features and configurations with the original.Among its features are a 14-degree angled headstock, an adjusting truss rod, the 60s rounded bass neck profile, dot inlays and TB Plus Ceramic Magnet Humbuckers.The neck-through-body construction has returned, too.According to most players, the classic rumble players expect from this Gibson bass is back, too.The Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar is once again doing a good a job holding down the Gibson bass guitar line — and holding down the bass line for players around the world.

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.

Thunderbird Gibson

thunderbird gibson

 

To equip the Thunderbird IV Bass with the instantly recognizable thump you’d expect from a versatile bass, Gibson went with the tried-and-true combination of a mahogany body and a multi-piece mahogany/walnut laminate neck with rosewood fingerboard. This gives you an amazing balance of chest-pounding resonance and the fast response you need to pull off percussive bass lines. And thanks to its narrow 1.6″ nut, you don’t have to have massive hands to rock out with a Thunderbird IV Bass.

Bass humbuckers deliver earth-shaking bass tone
For big bass tone, the Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass comes with a pair of TB Plus humbuckers. Gibson designed these pickups with ceramic magnets to give you punch and clarity. The rest of the band will love your bass’s huge, full sound with a tight bottom end. You’ll keep the band rocking all night with the Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass.

Top notch hardware that’s ready to work
You’ll find a collection of professional appointments that make the Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass a true workhorse. For instance, its Grover tuners and 3-point adjustable tailpiece give you amazing tuning stability. Two ceramic magnet pickups deliver big bass tone and the PLEK-cut nut ensures perfect intonation. This Thunderbird bass has a banner inlay at the 12th fret to celebrate Gibson’s 120th Anniversary.

gibson thunderbird 1963 Features:
Classic bass tones for any style of music
Dual humbuckers for big tone
120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret
Mahogany body with set mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
Standard 34″ bass scale

Body Type of thunderbird basses
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Scale Length 34″
Number of Frets 20
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12″ Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots, Banner inlay at 12th fret
Neck Material Mahogany/Walnut, Set
Neck Shape Comfortable, Rounded
Nut Width 1.6″

Thunderbird Bass Parts :Bridge/Tailpiece 3-point Thunderbird Bridge/Tuners Grover Bass/Number of Pickups 2/Neck Pickup TB+ Humbucker/Bridge Pickup TB+ Humbucker/Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone/Strings (.045-.105)/Case Included Hardshell .

 

 

Gibson Thunderbird Iv

gibson thunderbird iv

Derived from the gibson thunderbird bass 2014 guitar line introduced back in 1963, the Thunderbird bass has always presented a hot alternative to the standard four-stringed options on stage and in the studio. The Thunderbird IV Bass Limited from Gibson USA packs two of Gibson’s most powerful bass pickups, premium tonewoods, advanced hardware and through-neck construction for the ultimate in tone and sustain, wrapping it all in a look that remains thoroughly radical nearly 50 years after it first hit the scene.

A full-size Gibson Thunderbird Iv bass with a scale length of 34″ and the supreme playability you have come to expect from Gibson, this is a serious machine to hold down the bottom end for rock, metal, blues, fusion or whatever you want ram it into. On top of all that, it looks great in a high-gloss cherry finish, in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer, with a white pickguard with Thunderbird graphic. Gibson Hardshell case included.

Gibson USA continues to raise the bar of Quality, Prestige and Innovation with the new line up of gibson thunderbird bass 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.

All models now have Pearloid Inlays and the fingerboard is a thicker one piece rosewood which is sanded and buffed with a new oil treatment for smoother and easier playability. To take it a step further Gibson USA has increased playing comfort by widened the neck and fingerboard by .050 per side. Sparing no expense, Gibson USA even changed the internal wires from 28 awg to 26 awg, along with a new and improved jack design and together they give you an improved uninterrupted signal.

For 2015 Gibson will be producing gloss lacquer finishes and no more Satin or Vintage Gloss finishes. On top of all the upgrades Gibson USA did not stop there. They are now introducing a removable Les Paul 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 and a Les Paul Hologram on the back of the headstock for authenticity and tribute to the man himself. To wrap everything up, each 2015 Gibson USA guitar ships in a Gibson Hard Shell case.

Gibson Thunderbird Bass

gibson bass thunderbird

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

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.