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    Big, bold, bass from a stunning classic.

    The Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar debuted in 1963 with the original Firebird guitar series. The most highly respected of all Gibson basses, it was reissued in 1987 with original reverse body styling and TB Plus ceramic magnet humbuckers. Its thunderous bass output is enhanced by a 9-ply mahogany-and-walnut neck that extends through the body. Mahogany wings, a rosewood fretboard, and black chrome hardware provide stunning dark looks. 34" scale, black top-hat knobs with inserts, Schaller tuners, and 3-way adjustable tailpiece. Gibson includes their own hardshell case with the Thunderbird IV. Includes case.

    Features

    • 9-ply mahogany and walnut neck
    • Through-body neck
    • Mahogany wings
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Black chrome hardware
    • 34" scale
    • TB Plus ceramic magnet humbuckers
    • Black top-hat knobs with inserts
    • Schaller tuners
    • 3-way adjustable tailpiece
    • Hardshell case

    Order today for that big Gibson sound from an axe that's earned its stripes.

     
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    Gibson2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 63 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What Took Me So Long?

    Despite the less-than-classically aesthetic looks and reversed body, this bass is really ergonomic. At least it fits me. A whole lot better than an Alembic "Exploiter" 4-string I...Read complete review

    Despite the less-than-classically aesthetic looks and reversed body, this bass is really ergonomic. At least it fits me. A whole lot better than an Alembic "Exploiter" 4-string I owned a few years back. And did I mention it is super-playable? Nice deep bass and balanced highs give it a good range. No reason to ever lust for a Jazz if you chose this bass. 'Have been using active electronics for so long now I actually forgot how much I enjoy genuine bass tone until recently. I'm not one to go in for hyperbole and have completely avoided use of word "awesome" throughout it's long abused run. "There is no real perfection". Give it an 8.
    Hard to beleive that I've made it so far as a bassist and never owned a Gibson Thunderbird. That is to say I've owned or played just about everything elses at one time or another. And the funny thing is it reminds me most of the first good bass I ever owned: A '66 Gibson (Kalamazoo, MI) built Epiphone Newport. Great, fast 34" scale neck. Ugly headstock. Simple controls get you mostly where you want to be. If you like bass that is. It's meat-and-potaoes device. The few control knobs are under-sized and perhaps I'll get used to that and their near-proximity to the strings.
    I expect the quality is more-than-adequate. Despite the use of plenty of laminate and the large plastic thingy on the headstock. It arrived with some "buzzing" on the 1st and 2nd strings but a little tightening of the tuning machines (Schallers) took care of that.
    Value is in The Eye of The Beholder. I mean people are paying thousands of dollars for "vintage" Fender Mustangs. They were nothing special when introduced and 45 years of aging hasn't made them any better. I've paid more than twice-as-much for basses that were no better. I don't think Gibson has any real love or understanding of basses but they've got lucky on a few.

    VS

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    epiphone VS Gibson TB

    I got the chance to play a gibson TB recently at a portland Guitar shop. The same shop also had the Epiphone version. The Gibson gets 'hats off' for their design but I...Read complete review

    I got the chance to play a gibson TB recently at a portland Guitar shop. The same shop also had the Epiphone version. The Gibson gets 'hats off' for their design but I gotta say that the Epiphone copy felt better; looked better finish-wise and no way could I see the price on the Gibson warranted based on playability and build quality. I realise that is based on only two examples I got my hands on...but hands on is where the bass lives or dies. I was so curious to come look up both online. I would be a bit embarassed if I was Gibson these days. Especially given the price difference. I love the TB design...always have. But I would not drop a that kind of money on a Gibson just for the name. Seems better to get the EP and tweak it as I choose. Probably still have lots of cash left when done! My brother swears by Gibsons...but I don't know why anymore, really.

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    5.0

    Big, awesome bass with a great sound!

    By Shadowjammr

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Slight Fragility Issues
    • Weight distribution

    Best Uses

    • Performing

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    I got this bass as an early Christmas present. Before this, I had dreamed for awhile of getting myself one of these, but never got around to it. Now that I finally have one, it is everything I could have asked for and more. With some slight adjustment of the volume knobs and the tone knob, it was ready to play with an awesome, gnarly hard rock/metal tone. I got the bass in limited edition cherry finish, and the instrument looks stunning. Whenever I play shows with this bass, people talk to me how gnarly the tone is. It's a very versatile bass, though. I mainly play with a pick to get an awesome, early Tool song from it, but it sounds great played finger style or even slapped! The only problem I have with it so far is its upper-fret accessibility. But take it from me: you'll want to sling this bass low and rock out. But as with ALL instruments, play before you buy.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    What Took Me So Long?

    By teecolley

    from Indianapolis

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    Despite the less-than-classically aesthetic looks and reversed body, this bass is really ergonomic. At least it fits me. A whole lot better than an Alembic "Exploiter" 4-string I owned a few years back. And did I mention it is super-playable? Nice deep bass and balanced highs give it a good range. No reason to ever lust for a Jazz if you chose this bass. 'Have been using active electronics for so long now I actually forgot how much I enjoy genuine bass tone until recently. I'm not one to go in for hyperbole and have completely avoided use of word "awesome" throughout it's long abused run. "There is no real perfection". Give it an 8.
    Hard to beleive that I've made it so far as a bassist and never owned a Gibson Thunderbird. That is to say I've owned or played just about everything elses at one time or another. And the funny thing is it reminds me most of the first good bass I ever owned: A '66 Gibson (Kalamazoo, MI) built Epiphone Newport. Great, fast 34" scale neck. Ugly headstock. Simple controls get you mostly where you want to be. If you like bass that is. It's meat-and-potaoes device. The few control knobs are under-sized and perhaps I'll get used to that and their near-proximity to the strings.
    I expect the quality is more-than-adequate. Despite the use of plenty of laminate and the large plastic thingy on the headstock. It arrived with some "buzzing" on the 1st and 2nd strings but a little tightening of the tuning machines (Schallers) took care of that.
    Value is in The Eye of The Beholder. I mean people are paying thousands of dollars for "vintage" Fender Mustangs. They were nothing special when introduced and 45 years of aging hasn't made them any better. I've paid more than twice-as-much for basses that were no better. I don't think Gibson has any real love or understanding of basses but they've got lucky on a few.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outshines Rickenbacer By a Mile

    By Love My Bird

    from Arazona

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    I've had one of these for several years and I can't say enough good things about it.Played Ricenbacker 4001 & 4003 basses and they don't come anywhere nere the quality, tone, or playability of the Gibson Thunderbird.Plus the Gibson's neck is much more stable than the Rickenbacker's.Buy a Gibson Thunderbird and stay clear of the Rickenbacker 4001 & 4003. You won't be dissApointed.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bass in Bassdom.

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    This is honestly the best bass i have ever touched my hands too, Zakk has his 'holy grail', a 70's bulls eye les paul, well this Gibson Thunderbird is my 'holy grail'. The attack i can get with the tone wide open is very gritty and very very punchy. You can also roll it back and takeoff some of the 'highs' and get a more round and thumpy sound.Some people complain about weight issues and neck diving but when i bought the bass i also bought a good 2.5 inch leather strap which solves both of these common problems. Mine is pretty light for a Thunderbird, far less than a typical les paul standard, which helps a lot too. This thing pared with a good Ampeg amp and some Ernie balls gives miles and miles of low end thundering growl mainly due too the pickups and mahogany body and also the neck through construction.The only two reasons I didn't give it all 5 stars is because first I didn't receive the same case as pictured, mine lacks the lock and the leather handle but construction wise its still a solid case too let this beast rest in.The other reason is on mine it came with a bridge that has Epiphone stamped under it which makes me think its an Epiphone bride witch really seems cheap on Gibson too put an Epiphone on such a killer bass, but some where down the line i going to replace it with a drop in Hipshot replacement which will hopefully increase sustain and bring out some more of that killer thundering tone!!All in all a really killer bass all that it lacks is a proper bridge but i will soon take care of that. Keep on thumpin' good people!!

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    5.0

    Thunderbird

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    When i fist saw this bas i was like WOW i need this. I picked it up i loved everything about it.It is a amazing bass the body styl is really cool that is what caught my eye to it. I really recomend this to anyone who plays bass!

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    questionable

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    in all honesty ive played the gibson and the epiphone version side by side and ive gotta say im dissapointed in the gibson version. It sounds the same as the epiphone (i used the same amp when trying the basses) and for the money of the gibson you can buy a used rickenbacker or a new jazz bass and both of them are better quality intruments. I feel that you're just paying a bunch of money because it says "gibson" on the headstock, but thats just my personal opinion. Anyway it is indeed a very cool looking bass and it does sounds awesome, but for the money its not for me

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    5.0

    Wow!

    By GibsonRox-M.ylR

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    I had the great honor to play one of these basses and let me say... best bass ever! The design is to die for, and the finish makes it sinister and amazing. I will, no question, buy this bass guitar. The weight was no problem for me, and I own an epiphone les paul and it seems like an amateur bass now that I played the offical Gibson Thunderbird! I would love to have one of these ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING basses. My band played Jump-Van Halen- and this bass made me do David Lee Roth jumps all over I felt so empowered...&#983&#983I love this bass&#983&#983

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    5.0

    The most powerful of gibsons

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    The TB bass has a fat and powerful sound. It delivers more power and punch than any other gibson bass.This TB is a classic instrument, and even though its not very versatile it has a unique sound very different from a P bass. This bass is great for playing hard bass lines in heavy metal or thrash metal, not the best bass for slap bass, but it s great for long solos or bass walks.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    epiphone VS Gibson TB

    By BassDad-WuS3R

    from portland Oregon

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    I got the chance to play a gibson TB recently at a portland Guitar shop. The same shop also had the Epiphone version. The Gibson gets 'hats off' for their design but I gotta say that the Epiphone copy felt better; looked better finish-wise and no way could I see the price on the Gibson warranted based on playability and build quality. I realise that is based on only two examples I got my hands on...but hands on is where the bass lives or dies. I was so curious to come look up both online. I would be a bit embarassed if I was Gibson these days. Especially given the price difference. I love the TB design...always have. But I would not drop a that kind of money on a Gibson just for the name. Seems better to get the EP and tweak it as I choose. Probably still have lots of cash left when done! My brother swears by Gibsons...but I don't know why anymore, really.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good bass overall

    By Vhorhees

    from Beijing, China

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

    I have had this bass for about a year now and it is pretty good overall. It is incredibly durable, makes a nice, warm, bass-y sound, and is very very sleek. But here comes the bad. It is VERY heavy, and when not holding the neck, it dives under. The strap holder doesn't do its job, so the strap sometimes fails. But despite all of these it is still a good bass to have and it has never failed me yet (except in the strap part).

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