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Gibson Thunderbird Studio 4-String Bass Guitar

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It was a wild-looking bass guitar in '63 and still is today. This version of the Gibson Thunderbird combines the reverse body and headstock styling o...Click To Read More About This Product

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The alternative bass since 1963!

It was a wild-looking bass guitar in '63 and still is today. This version of the Gibson Thunderbird combines the reverse body and headstock styling of the original with Gibson's proven set-neck construction. Made in the U.S. of mahogany and equipped with Grover tuners and 2 TB Plus ceramic humbuckers. A classic thumper with a strong alternative vibe. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

  • Made in America
  • Mahogany body with reversed Thunderbird design
  • Mahogany neck with rounded profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearloid dots
  • 34" scale length
  • 20 frets
  • Corian nut
  • Chrome hardware
  • Brass bridge
  • Grover tuners
  • 2 TB Plus ceramic humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 volume, 1 tone

A cool electric bass for a great price. Order yours today.


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Just Upgraded....

By Hawk

from Eureka, CA the Thunderbird. Now realize, I'm a newbie bass player. I just upgraded from my starter bass, which I was very comfortable with. However, right out of the box I fell in love with my Thunderbird. Others have mentioned quality problems with the bass (jack problems, neck/body problems, etc) I was a little nervous opening the box. My fears were soon put to rest as mine is beautifully functional, gorgeous with no design flaws, and sounds terrific. In fact, I just got done spending two hours straight on it...and only stopped due to sore fingers. The color of the actual guitar is a darker red than pictured....but I actually like it better. No issues whatsoever with the case either. It is rock solid and does what it is supposed to do.In short, I got one of the good ones. For a newer player, this bass because of it's design and fluidity makes me sound better. I'm going to spend a lot of time with my new baby. I am completely satisfied.


Style, Quality and Affordability

By D.T

from Dublin, Ireland

The studio's full body and streamline head stock make it more ballanced and attractive than the t-birdIV but heavyer, a small sacrifice and nothing a good strap can't fix. Its slender neck lets you get your hand arounded it easily (even if you have small hands like me) and fluidly move around the fret board. This bass is a finger pickers dream the body is an excellent rest for your arm and the two pickups bring you right on top of the strings. Playing on the 1st pickup gives a heavey bassey sound and allows for easier reach between strings, while playing on the 2nd gives a cleaner tone and stability for galloping riffs as the bridge dosen't make the strings too tense. The two pickups give a massive sound letting you compete with the loudest guitarist. If your an expirienced player on a budget or an intermediate moving on from your first bass I'd highly recomended it. In my oppinion in terms of style qualitly comfort and affordability its the best gibson bass going and one of the best basses on the market


Elmo buys a Gibson

By ElmoFatstring

from Kansas City

First let me say I have always loved the Thunderbird look and hefty tone. I have been a professional player for over twenty years. I just acquired my first T-bird last year, an Epiphone model, to get a taste and because of the huge price difference. I loved this bass so much, that I figured I would take the plunge and step up to the Gibson studio model, which was reasonably priced for the features offered and the Gibson quality reputation. I have to say that I was very disappointed with this bass when it arrived. It had numerous finish flaws, very rough, a bad input jack - didn't even work when I first plugged in! After "jacking" with it for a while, I got it to work, still some problems... the pickups were noisier than the Epiphone! (I was able to do side by side comparion) If you are considering this bass, save your money. The Epiphone has a brilliant full sound and I have gigged with it for nearly a year - not a problem. Sorry Gibson USA, it seems you are slipping on quality control. Epiphone wins this one.



By Bassman123

from UK

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seriously, I only got this bass because I wanted to have a change from the fenders I'd been playing, and I was pleasantly surprised. It sounds best for rock, but even Motown and Jazz are within its tonal reaches. I also have to admit i bought it mainly for its looks but as i mentioned before the sound is it's best point. It is overall better than the more expensive thunderbird IV, with improved balance, smaller headstock, side mounted jack etc. and it also comes with a cool gibson case. I wiould have to reccomend this to players slightly beyond the beginner stage (due to the price) but even if you are a beginner, get a gibson if you can and stay away from the monontony of common Fenders.


Earns the name THUNDERbird

By Dragdown Taeo

from Madison, WI

This is the 24th bass I have owned so I have alot to compare it to. My numbers may not seem to add up so I will elaborate. Features I gave a 3.5 because it is not a particularly versatile instrument. Passive pickups and no pre-amp means your tone tweaking takes place at the amp. Quality a 4 because mine has a good finish(black)& fretwork. Ive seen some Gibsons with lousy fit & finish tho.Value a 4 cuz it is quite affordable in the scope of pro instruments.4.5 overall cuz for a 1 trick pony it is one helluva trick! If you want warm, fat, growly, and unmistakably cool this is it! Not Hi-Fi like my Peavey Cirrus But thats just an excellent reason to have both! Run it through a tube amp and feel ten feet tall!


Cool Bass but some problems

By Classic Rocker

from Rogers, AR

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This bass is beautiful and sounds incredible. It has a real crunchy bold sound with lots of volume. Dissappointed when I recieved it though. The case was so warped that I sent to Gibson for a replacement. When I recieved the replacement it was also warped but not as badly as the original case. The bass itself had a badly bowed neck and the action was incredibly high. When I went to adjust the nut I found that it was very loose like it had just been slapped together and not adjusted at all. Also had some static from the cord jack and found that the jack itself was drilled crooked so that it would not stay tight no matter what. I finally took a chisel and fixed it. All in all it has taken me several months to get all the bugs worked out and to get this thing adjusted properly. I don't mean to sound negative because this is an incredible bass but I was expecting alot better quality from Gibson. Over the 29 years I've been playing I have purchased and played many instruments from varios makers and I have to admit that This is the most frustration and dissappointment that I have experienced. Yes I do recommend the Bass but I hope you get a better one than I got.

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