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Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass

Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass

Handcrafted in China (but don’t let that put you off), it’s got 20 frets with a scale of 34 inches. The body is a thunderbird style which is most prefered by Nikki Sixx. The body of Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass  is made of Mahogany wood and the neck Hard Maple with a Rosewood fingerboard with Iron cross inlays. Two DeepSIXX humbuckers, with a killswitch, which is the only control on the bass. No volume control, no tone controls, no pickups Switch, just one kill switch. It’s also got an Opti-Grab thing which is used for keeping the bass balanced whilst playing. The bass came with a case and a leather DSL strap. There aren’t many features but this allows for the raw ballsy tone which this bass possesses.

Sound: This bass is built for rock n’ roll. If your looking to play anything else then you better off getting another bass. It has a very ballsy raw deep sound which is meant for the rock n’ roll sound, due to the DeepSIXX pickups which were designed by the preferences of Nikki Sixx. It is incredibly loud compared to any other bass due to the killswitch only control which sends it from zero to full blast with a flick of a Switch. The thing which is a negative about this bass is the lack of versatility. But if you want that fixed sound which is perfect for rock n’ roll then look no further.

This guitar is very solid. Everything on it seems it would last a lifetime. I think it would withstand heavy live playing. The only is that it tends to neck dive quite easily which is a real let down. It is extrememly neck heavy which is due to the strap buttons being place in the wrong position. I will fix that later on. I would depend on this any day without a backup, it is just such a solid guitar. The finish is quite nice, it feels good and looks good to. The matte finish feels like it would last quite a while compared to most other matte finish while feel very brittle.

The bass is made for my style of music, pure ROCK N’ ROLL! I don’t really play any other style so it doesn’t bother me with the lack of versatility. I know others will bagg this bass out for not having the versatility but I don’t really want anything more, this bass is perfect for me for the price. I just wish that this bass didn’t neck dive as its really uncomfortable to play at times but its just something I’m just going to have to get use to. I really love the sound of the pickups, they just sound so great for my style and I also really like the look of it, it’s just got the “Looks That Kill”.

Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx

Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx

If you love Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx louder than Hell, Epiphone’s Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar is the axe for you. A pair of DeepSixx humbuckers give it thunderous output, especially since they are wired direct and have an on/off toggle as the only control. There’s no volume knob—it’s either full on or turned off. Another innovative feature is the Opti-Grab device which lets you solidly anchor your hand while picking at the bridge to get that hard drive. Black finish, black hardware, black pickguard, and iron cross inlays give it the signature Sixx look.

Mahogany body
Bolt-on hard maple neck with slim taper profile
Rosewood fretboard with iron cross inlays
20 frets
DeepSixx humbucking pickups
Opti-Grab device
On/Off toggle
Black hardware
Die-cast tuners

• Kim Gordon: Sonic Youth co-leader Gordon has gotten some of the nastiest and most uncompromising sounds to ever come from a bass out of her battle scarred 1976 Gibson Thunderbird. Since her divorce from that band’s Thurston Moore and the 2011 announcement of Sonic Youth’s hiatus, Gordon has gone on to play her Thunderbird across the world’s stages in a duo with drummer Ikue Mori and moved to guitar for her new band Body/Head.

• Mike Watt: The prince of punk rock bass, Watt has long been associated with his weathered non-reverse Thunderbird II, which still bears a sticker from his first notable band the Minutemen. With its custom bone nut and Chandler replacement Thunderbird pickups, Watt also wielded this bass during his Firehose years and it was his exclusive instrument for his solo album Contemplating the Engine Room.

• Adam Clayton: The U2 bassist has two vintage Thunderbird II basses in his touring and recording racks. Both are from the ’60s and have single pickups, and the later model, likely built between 1966 and 1969, appears notably — along with the Edge’s with Les Paul Custom — in the official video for “The Fly.”