Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar  

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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 reve... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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Gibson2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar

This bass is great. Construction is unbeatabel. neck feels very solid. 1.5" nut is fast. very resonate body. Pickups are very powerfull and clear with a nice humbucking growl. I play...Read complete review

This bass is great. Construction is unbeatabel. neck feels very solid. 1.5" nut is fast. very resonate body. Pickups are very powerfull and clear with a nice humbucking growl. I play mostly heavy rock, this bass is fast and deap sounding. Dual pickups are very virsatile.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Rock bass only- tone is fair

This bass is for rock only ! Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars and basses. The tone is fair , not deep enough for me...Read complete review

This bass is for rock only ! Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars and basses. The tone is fair , not deep enough for me . My Schecter studio, Warwick double buck and my Ric 4003 are far superior. Its a pricey bass. Nicely finished , cool looking for sure ( heavey metal poster child) and a very sleek nice feeling neck . But , the sound is average at best . Like my '68 EB3L , too much mid range not enough deep bass. And a bit muddy. I dont like the sound when played with a pick , better with the fingers. The bass is an awkward shape so you cant just lean it or put in a normal guitar stand ...hence all the broken head stock issues. To me its not really neck heavey as Ive seen others say but it sure aint a normal feel. Does not play well for jazz or country or dance. For this price you better like the looks and work hard at your amp settings.

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(47 of 54 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar

By Curt Jackson 2000

from Boston, MA

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass is great. Construction is unbeatabel. neck feels very solid. 1.5" nut is fast. very resonate body. Pickups are very powerfull and clear with a nice humbucking growl. I play mostly heavy rock, this bass is fast and deap sounding. Dual pickups are very virsatile.

(20 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

very nice

By Devon

from Goffstown, NH

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

i recieved mine in the mail in what was supposed to be the "classic white" version, but upon unboxing it i discovered that it was actually a more a creamish color than white. I don't mind it all that much, but would have preferred a classic white. as soon as i was done tuning it i tried to play a few Red Hot Chili Peppers songs and discovered that it was quite hard to reach the further down frets (15-20). the bass is great for rock songs that dont travel wayy to far down, and has plenty of punch. great bass, it is a little heavy though, and unless you have a bigger strap it may fall off. and it looks nice.

(14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfection thy name is Thunderbird

By LiveBass

from Queen Creek, Arizona

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

I've spent a lot of time going through bass after bass trying to find just the right sound and have always loved the sound of Gibson guitars. When I found out about the Thunderbird I went out right away to try it out. This was it the perfect sound. Whether I'm playing hrd rock or want to slowi it down a little with some smooth jazz this bass covers it. Before this I was largely a Fender J-Bass, of which I am very pleased, but the Thunderbird just has greater sound tone and much lighter to boot. Also it pretty!!!

(10 of 80 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not impressed..

By FenderFender11

from Vancouver

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

A staff member asked me to try this bass out, and I did. My first impression was that it looked butt ugly, but obviously, looks can be deceiving. In this case, they were. The pickups totally suck, the best I can get is as bassy twangy sound, as if your amp wasn't turned on (this was played through a Fender Rumble 60 by the way). The action was too low, so there was a lot of buzzing, the strings didn't seem to be very good, the tubers were pretty tight, that was good. Neck was razor thin, compared to what I'm used, which is a good thing for most players, and not a good thing for others. It felt like it was REALLY solid, unbreakable. I think it's made in the US, so it's well built. Looks suck, pickups suck, other features alright, very tight.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A bass for all music styles

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

This is an excellent bas for pop and coffee shop style music. This bass has a nice rosewood fingerboard, and it plays great. If you want a bass for rock or metal this is also what you are looking for. If you want something that would complement a acoustic set this is for you. This guitar has a very warm tone and it has a nice shape. This guitar has punch and it can purr like a kitten. This is one awesome all around bass, it is worth every cent!

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazingly playable

By almighty bob

from MANHATTAN!! (NY,NY)

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

I played the Gibson Thunderbird IV at my local Guitar center, and was instantly hooked. My favorite thing about it is the playability. It has a thin neck, so you can really move around the frets. It is solidly built in the U.S., and is a quality machine. Its neck-through style and 9-ply walnut and mahogony neck lend to its great tone. AND IT LOOKS AND FEELS BEAUTIFUL. The reverse thunderbird body is a classic shape that is both attractive and INCREDIBLE+Y comfortable. While it is expensive, it is an amazing find, even if you have to scrimp and save to get it. The one problem with it is the weight, which wont matter much if you have good posture and a good strap. And if you have a $1750 bass you might as well get a nice strap. i strongly recomend this bass for anyone looking for comfort, style, and playability.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Rock bass only- tone is fair

By Vinny guitarman

from NYC

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass is for rock only ! Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars and basses. The tone is fair , not deep enough for me . My Schecter studio, Warwick double buck and my Ric 4003 are far superior. Its a pricey bass. Nicely finished , cool looking for sure ( heavey metal poster child) and a very sleek nice feeling neck . But , the sound is average at best . Like my '68 EB3L , too much mid range not enough deep bass. And a bit muddy. I dont like the sound when played with a pick , better with the fingers. The bass is an awkward shape so you cant just lean it or put in a normal guitar stand ...hence all the broken head stock issues. To me its not really neck heavey as Ive seen others say but it sure aint a normal feel. Does not play well for jazz or country or dance. For this price you better like the looks and work hard at your amp settings.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best in bassdom.

By KeeperOfTheLowEnd420

from De Leon TX

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

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!!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

From the Firebird Series,The Thunderbird.

By Brian "Bri" Doyle

from Waukee,Ia.

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

Upon taking delivery,the stock srings seemed to have oxidized due to the nirocellulose finish.The dull sounding strings i replaced with a set of medium gauge stings.The finish is quality,playability is great,neck somewhat like a jazz neck.Thunderbird Plus pickups could be shielded better.Body cavities are well routed and finished.I have found the Gibson pump polish orange label,really cuts the sticky residue.For scatch free cleaning and polishing,use only cotton flannel rags.Overall, i would recommend this fine example of craftsmanship to anyone.Also,a three inch wide guitar strap is ideal too.Looking forward to playing it threw a tube amp.Gibson USA models,time-proven piece.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson T-Bird

By genesys133

from Germantown, TN.

Comments about Gibson 2013 Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar:

The Gibson Thunderbord is a great bass all types of msuic. It's one of the few basses that even sounds good with distortion in. The neck is very slim so that means you go slid down the fretboard easier. The humbuckers are are wide and after you play it about 30 minutes you'll never play any other types of humbuckers. It's one of the lightest bass. The only thing that seems pointless is to have two " voulme " knobs instead of one. And if you can afford this, there's nothing else on the market worth looking for after you play this bass. It's well worth the money. But get rustless screws, it's worth it to make this bass not dirty and always looking good anytime any day.

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