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      Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar (517519)
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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.

Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar 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




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  • Best in bassdom.

    As reviewed by KeeperOfTheLowEnd420 on 2/16/2011

    This is honestly the best bass i have ever touched my hands too, Zakk wylde has his 'holy grail', a 70's bulls eye les paul, well this Thunderbird is my '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 got a good 2.5 inch leather strap which solves both of these common problems. Mine is pretty light for a Thunderbird i suppose, far less than a typical les paul standard, which helps a lot too. This thing pared with a good Ampeg amp and some Rotos gives miles and miles of low end thundering growl due too those humdinger pickups and mahogany body, the neck through construction helps a bit too. 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 locks and the leather handle but construction wise its still a solid case. The other reason is on mine it came with a bridge that has Epiphone stamped under it which Leads me think its an Epiphone bridge which kinda seems cheap on Gibson too put an Epiphone on such a killer (GIBSON!) bass, but some where down the line i think im 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 and maybe some nickle hardware. Keep on thumpin' good people!!

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  • Fastest neck on the planet-with a real nasty attitude to go with it!

    As reviewed by BOB HALL on 12/15/2011

    I have owned at least one of the fllowing; EB-0, EB-2, Jazz Bass and Precision bass, Samick custom 5-string bass and this is the most playable by far. It is meant for speed. The only drawback is that if you need to play jazz or bee-bop or country-this is not your bass. The T-bird means HARD ROCK! It smells like hard rock-it even tasts like hard rock! Buy one and never look back!

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  • Plays as good as it looks

    As reviewed by R.B. on 7/25/2011

    I am very impressed with this bass guitar. Not only do I love the look, I love the way this bass plays. It seems to be built very well. I play everything from country to rock, and this bass delivers. I haven't noticed the neck being heavy like some say, but I bought a quality strap, so that may be the difference. I would recommend this bass. I play my Thunderbird through a Carvin full stack, and I couldn't be happier. Good job Gibson!

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