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Gibson Limited Run Thunderbird Short Scale Electric Bass Guitar

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Want to get the low end rumbling with plenty of alternative style and a heavy dose of attitude? The Thunderbird Short Scale Bass is your weapon! New from Gibson USA, this bass blends iconic styling wi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Want to get the low end rumbling with plenty of alternative style and a heavy dose of attitude? The Thunderbird Short Scale Bass is your weapon! New from Gibson USA, this bass blends iconic styling with legendary Gibson tone in a package that is perfect for players looking for something different than the same old long-scale basses out there.

The Thunderbird Short Scale Bass (which at 30 1/2" is still somewhat larger than a full-sized guitar) is perfect for players with shorter arms and smaller hands, beginners and students, or those who are more familiar with 6-string guitar scale lengths. But the short-scale bass isn't merely an "alternative" or a "student" instrument by any means. Two of the world's most famous bassists, Paul McCartney and Jack Bruce, played short-scale basses at the most influential points their careers, and countless others have used them to make legendary rock, pop, and blues recordings. The Thunderbird Short Scale Bass brings weighty tones and easy playability to a package styled for the 21st century, and suitable for every variety of music.

Like several classic Gibson tone machines, the Thunderbird Short Scale Bass has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the classic "Reverse-Bodied" shape, finished in a tactile grain-textured Satin Ebony nitrocellulose finish that looks instantly "played-in" and feels great under the fingertips, and offset by a white pickguard with Thunderbird motif. It has a glued-in neck made from superior quarter-sawn mahogany for improved strength and superior resonance, and a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets. The neck is carved to a comfortable Thunderbird profile and measures .850" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th, with a width of 1.60" across its PLEK-cut Corian nut.

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 to match the rockin' look of the Thunderbird Short Scale Bass. All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary Thunderbird Bass pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Pack it all together, and it's a great looking, smooth playing, and fierce sounding bass that a lot of players will appreciate.


  • Body Type: Thunderbird
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 30.5
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: Slim Taper
  • # frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1.5"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12
  • Bridge: Fixed
  • Pickup Bridge: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware color: Black Chrome
  • Pickup selector: 3-Way
  • Limited run: 400
  • Case: Hardshell case
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Awesome Shortscale Bass

By Stu

from Cincinnati, Ohio

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Thunderbird Short Scale Electric Bass Guitar:

This was a "Limited Run" guitar, so I made sure I got one because it sounded like just what I've been looking for. I asked Gibson what "limited Run" meant in this case. They told me it will be only manufactured for a fixed period of time, but they could not say when they would stop making them. Everything about it was perfect. I would have prefcered a different color, but the satin finish has an awesome transparent sheen to it. The hardshell case is the nicest guitar case I've ever seen, downright luxurious. It was even set up perfectly right out of the box. It's the easiest to play bass I've ever played.

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