Gibson Thunderbird Players

gibson thunderbird players

As the companion to the Gibson Thunderbird Players guitar, the Thunderbird bass saw some changes with its body design during its initial production run. Originally, the Thunderbird’s body was “reversed” with its lower horn sticking out further than its top horn. In 1965, the body was switched to a “non-reversed” configuration. The Thunderbird II had a single humbucker pickup and a 34-inch scale length.
The Thunderbirds distinct headstock stays true to Gibsons 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 degreesinstead of the traditional 17 degreesto accommodate the headstocks radical contour and to keep pressure on the strings. The headstocks 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 basse gibson thunderbird ‘s 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 Gibsons rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the restincluding the final sandingis 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 gibson thunderbird walnut is beautiful. It’s strong, the handle is placed so that it is well balanced, and it has a lock on it. The inside secures the instrument nicely and it also has a utility compartment which stores the bottle of polish and the neck rod adjustment tool that comes with the guitar. I wasn’t real excited about the inside of my case being the color pink, but what the heck, it’s still a Gibson! Ease of Use: The thunderbird’s tonal quality is far superior to the P-bass that I used to play before I bought this bass. I personally find this bass very comfortable and easy to play, but I’m a tall, long armed person. It fits me well. Quality: You have to pick one up for yourself to appreciate it’s craftsmanship. I have no complaints about anything on my bass. I’ve read that the head can crack if it’s dropped, but like anything that I value, I don’t go throwing it around. I feel that it is a sturdy, well made bass. Mine is a beautiful sunburst finish that shines like a new car. I have no problem taking it on the road because of the sturdy case it comes in, and it’s steady on my guitar stand during breaks. If I had to pick a worst aspect of quality, I’d say that the balance is a little neck heavy, but not to a point where it affects playing.



Thunderbird Bass Players

Thunderbird Bass PlayersLaunched in 1963, the Thunderbird Bass Players  has long been a favourite of bass players looking for something a little bit different thanks to its outlandish shape and through-neck build. The likes of Nikki Sixx, Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic have all favoured the bassy beast over the years, and in recognition of its mighty low-end prowess, Gibson’s 50th Anniversary model is finished in Bullion Gold.

As the fierce four-string partner to the Firebird guitar line introduced in 1963, the Thunderbird bass has long been a stylish alternative—both onstage and in the studio—for adventurous bassists, Now Gibson USA celebrates the Golden Anniversary of this raging tone monster with a stunning tribute to the breed: the 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass.

Thunderbird style, “through-neck” construction, a pair of mighty T-Bird Bass pickups and a rock-solid Thunderbird three-point bridge make the 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass the most playable and best-sounding bass on the scene. This commemorative bass wears a gorgeous Bullion Gold finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, and a pick guard that’s hot-stamped with a gold T-Bird logo and “50th Anniversary 1963-2013.” Add it up, and it’s both a fitting tribute to a special anniversary, and a thunderous way to lay down the rumble in any style of music.

The core of this exceptional bass lies in its “through neck” construction, with the neck and body core crafted from the same rugged multi-ply mahogany tone wood blank for unparalleled strength and sustain. It takes more work to build a bass this way, but the effort pays off in every aspect of the instrument’s feel and response. Two solid mahogany body wings complete the iconic Thunderbird package, which cuts a figure recognized on stages the world over. The neck is carved to a comfortably rounded profile that measures 0.790″ at the 1st fret and 0.930″ at the 12th. It is topped with a 20-fret fingerboard made from Grade-A rosewood, inlaid with pearlod dot position markers.

The firm sonic foundation of the 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass is cranked through a pair of extremely versatile contemporary T-Bird Bass pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity. Individual volume controls and a master tone control let you blend pickups as desired for a wide range of sounds.

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 gold-plated to match the commemorative look of the 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass. Its black plastic pickguard is hot-stamped in gold with the Thunderbird image and anniversary years.