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Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar   

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Derived from the Firebird guitar line introduced back in 1963, the Thunderbird bass has always presented a hot alternative to the standard four-strin...Read More

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One of the all-time great basses - in cherry.

Derived from the Firebird 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 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.

The core of the Thunderbird IV Bass Limited lies in its "through neck" construction, with the neck and body core crafted from the same rugged nine-piece, Grade-A mahogany and walnut tonewood blank for unparalleled strength and sustain. It takes more work to build a bass in this manner, but the effort pays off in every aspect of the instrument's feel and response. Two solid, Grade-A 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 .790" at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th, with a width of 1.5" at the nut. It is topped with a 20-fret fingerboard made from exotic preciosa, a rich-brown hardwood with outstanding durability and a clear tone.

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 chrome to match the rockin' look of this bass. All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary Thunderbird Plus Bass pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity, giving the Thunderbird IV Bass Limited the power to roll out the rumble like no other bass out there. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Add it up, and it's a great-looking, smooth-playing and fierce-sounding four-string”a stunning alternative to the run-of-the-mill basses in the game. Check one out today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and see what that alternative rumble can do for your music.

Each Thunderbird IV Bass Limited includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual.

  • Genuine Mahogany neck-thru body
  • Mahogany neck with a comfortable, rounded profile
  • Exotic Preciosa fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Pair of Dual Thunderbird Plus pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Black Chrome Grover bass tuners with 20:1 tuning ratio

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Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar

  • Body
    Species: Mahogany
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Species: Mahogany
    Profile: Rounded
    Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Species: Preciosa
    Frets: 20
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 34"
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.50"/2.32"
    Inlays: Acrylic Dot
    Material: Corian
    Width: 1.500
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Type: "Flying Arrow" 4-String
    Truss Rod Cover: Black with Hot-Stamped Gold "Gibson"
    Model: Grover Bass
    Plating: Black Chrome
    Tuning Ratio: 20:1
    Type: 3-Point with Adjustable Saddles
    Plating: Black Chrome
    Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts
    Pickguard: White 3-Ply
    Control Plate Cover: Black
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    Strings: .167 - .098, Genuine Gibson Strings
    Neck Position: Thunderbird Bass (Ceramic)
    Bridge Position: Thunderbird Bass (Ceramic)
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 1 Tone Control
    Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    Output Jack: Traditional 1/4" Mono
    Sealer Nitrocellulose
    Process 1-1.5 mils

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Beauty and sound is a perfect match!

By Dr. Rock-e2zWP

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

A lot of people consistently mock Gibson for their prices on instruments, but they seriously do make great instruments!! Made in the USA still means something with Gibson!
This makes my 5th Gibson Thunderbird and I have to tell you, this cherry one competes for the most beautiful one I have owned!! It also has a sound that is unbelievable. I foolishly sold my other T'Birds for economic and other reasons. My bandmates told me not to get rid of this one. I agree with them...its a keeper!!
Quality is the's a Gibson! There is truly a difference!!
I gave it a 9 on value only because it IS quite expensive. But, when you play it, you will understand the difference. This is not an Epiphone people, and you can feel it.

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By Martin Lebel

from Montreal

Comments about Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

Awesome color finish. Same great tone as my black one (2004). It's just perfect nothing else to say!

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